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Tuesday, 26 July, 2016

National Disability Institute (NDI) announced today the launch of its grassroots campaign, DISABLE POVERTY, which aims to increase awareness about the nearly one in three Americans with disabilities that live in poverty and remain outside the economic mainstream.

The two overarching goals of the campaign, to be achieved in the next 10 years, are to:

  • DECREASE the number of working-age adults with disabilities living in poverty by 50 percent, and
  • INCREASE the use of mainstream banking products and services among Americans with disabilities by 50 percent.

"As we celebrate the anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act today, I can think of no better time to bring awareness to the plight of seven million individuals with disabilities in this country who live in poverty, and the millions more who teeter just above the poverty line and are one unexpected expense away from plunging below it," Michael Morris, National Disability Institute Executive Director, said. "As a nation, it is time to elevate and amplify the conversation around this issue and work towards shared prosperity for all Americans.”

Read more  . . . DISABLE POVERTY Campaign



As the U.S. celebrates the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, a first-of-its-kind report shows people with disabilities are less financially stable than people without disabilities

(Washington, D.C. - July 22, 2014) - A new report released today from National Disability Institute (NDI) shows 24 years after the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law and guaranteed all individuals with disabilities the opportunity to achieve "economic self-sufficiency,"people with disabilities are less financially stable than people without disabilities.

Based on data collected from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation's 2012 National Financial Capability Study released last year, this groundbreaking report highlights for the first time a nationwide snapshot of the financial capability and financial wellness of adults with disabilities.

National Disability Institute's report, Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities - Findings from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation 2012 National Financial Capability Study,analyzed data from 1,363 of the more than 25,000 respondents to the National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) self-identifying as "permanently sick, disabled or unable to work." While the report analyzes one segment of people with disabilities, the results provide an important lens on the financial capability of many Americans with disabilities. According to U.S. Census data, nearly one in three people with disabilities in the United States live in poverty, a figure nearly double the national poverty rate.

...continue reading "NDI Report Finds Adults with Disabilities Continue to be Economically Shortchanged"


Workers with Disabilities Included in Minimum Wage Executive Order

February 12th marked a historic day in the economic advancement of all people with disabilities when President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage for employees of federal contractors, including workers with disabilities, to $10.10/hour beginning in 2015. Prior to the announcement, people with disabilities employed by federal contractors could be paid a subminimum wage in accordance with Section 14(c), which advocates like National Disability Institute and its colleagues in the Collaboration to Promote Self Determination (CPSD) have long argued is not only discriminatory but keeps people with disabilities out of the economic mainstream.At a time when nearly 1 in 3 Americans with disabilities live in poverty, among the highest poverty rate of any underserved population in America, the Obama Administration's Executive Order gives low-wage workers with and without disabilities the opportunity to build a more secure financial future for themselves and their families.Learn more about this landmark executive order, what it means to the disability community and how you can help convince Congress to end the subminimum wage for all workers with disabilities.

Resources for Real Economic Impact


VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act

The Center for Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently createdHealth Reform: Beyond the Basics, a website designed to prepare advocates and state and local officials to help consumers access ACA's new health coverage opportunity. The site features a section on VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act to equip VITA sites with tools and resources to help taxpayer's enroll and avoid a penalty on next year's tax return.


The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

Workplace flexibility can strategically meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and businesses, including when, where, and how work is done and mutually ensure that the needs of both are met by making changes to the time, location, and manner in which an employee works. By utilizing effective tools and resources, workforce professionals can provide valuable services to employees and employers through workplace flexibility strategies. Learn more by viewing The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility, presented by NDI's LEAD Center at the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals Annual Training.

Taxes and Tax Preparation

Help Friends, Family and Clients Save Money by Filing their Federal and State Taxes for Free!

If you or someone you know has a household income of $58,000 or less, you can save big time by preparing and filing both your federal and state taxes absolutely, 100-percent free!National Disability Institute is proud to join its national partners Goodwill Industries International and United Way to bring free tax preparation and filing assistance both online and in person to millions of Americans through MyFreeTaxes. Sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, is the only online platform taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can use to file both federal and state taxes for free in all 50 states and Washington, DC. Help spread the word about this completely free, money-saving service for eligible taxpayers by sharing this flyer with your friends, family, colleagues and clients and via social media or encouraging them to visit today.

Financial Education

10 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Online Money Management Tool

Online money management tools are websites that help manage one's money – money earned, money spent and what kinds of things you spend your money on. There are multiple online money management tools to choose from that range in sophistication and cost. It is important to choose a tool that works best for you. Read our guide to learn what questions you should consider when selecting an online money management tool.

Asset Development

What is Asset Development? Earn It -> Claim It -> Keep It!

Asset development is vital for everyone to improve their economic self-sufficiency, including individuals with disabilities. Asset development can range from buying a home, investing in a business, learning a new skill, to simply saving money for emergencies. As you develop assets, you and your family will become more financially stable. Social Security Work Incentives, Individual Development Accounts (IDA), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) are a few of the programs available to assist with asset development. Download our Asset Development Effective Strategy Handout.

Public Policy

Climb the Economic Ladder: New Section 503 Rule

On March 27th, new final rules for Section 503 issued by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) go into effect. Section 503 prohibits employment discrimination against individuals based on disability by federal contractors and subcontractors. The new rule for the first time establishes a 7 percent utilization goal for federal contractors in the hiring and retention of workers with disabilities. Although not a quota or a ceiling, the Section 503 final rule sets out new affirmative obligations on federal contractors to recruit, hire and promote qualified individuals with disabilities. To learn more about the final Section 503 rule, To learn more about National Disability Institute and its partnership with Our Ability to help connect jobseekers with disabilities and federal contractors, read our blog post.

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Issue 2 - Mar. 2014

In This Issue

Workers with Disabilities Included in Minimum Wage Executive Order

Benefits: VITA Programs & the Affordable Care Act

Employment: The Business Case for Workplace Flexibility

Tax Preparation: Help Friends, Family and Clients Save Money by Filing their Federal and State Taxes for Free!

Financial Education: 10 Questions to Ask When Selecting an Online Money Management Tool

Asset Development:Economic Mobility for People with Disabilities

Public Policy: Climb the Economic Ladder: New Section 503 Rule

Program Spotlight:  Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for People with Disabilities

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Program Spotlight

Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation for People with Disabilities

Organizations can maximize their outreach to serve persons with disabilities in their local communities with a Train-the-Trainer session from the nationally-recognized experts at National Disability Institute using NDI's exclusive Asset Development Curriculum.

National Disability Institute experts will train local teams on NDI's exclusive Building Assets & Promoting Choice and Community Participation curriculum, with customized information for your community. Local teams will learn about self determination, financial education, asset development strategies such as micro-enterprise, Individual Development Accounts (IDAs), home ownership, and public benefit programs that support asset development, including SSA work incentives, PASS and PESS. Dynamic trainers with years of expertise in asset development for persons with disabilities provide information, strategies and tools to incorporate asset development strategies into an organizations existing programs and community-based learning activities.

Learn more and download the Train-the-Trainer promotional flyer.

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Upcoming Events

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Date: Fri., January 25, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM


Please note that real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar or the registration process, please contact Katie Metz at or 904-716-7936.






"EITC, you earned it.
Now file, claim it , and get it!"

Join National Disability Institute and our partners as we kick-off National EITC Awareness Day and the start of free tax preparation services across the country! The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the largest antipoverty programs set up by the federal government and for persons with disabilities, free tax preparation and EITC are gateways to building one’s economic self-sufficiency.

...continue reading "New Webinar: Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day 2013"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
4:00 - 5:00 PM EST

Join National Disability Institute (NDI) on Dec. 5 for a national webinar about the new direction of NDI's Real Economic Impact Tour and an exciting announcement as we kick off the next generation of our tax and financial stability work designed to help the nearly 1 in 3 Americans with disabilities living in poverty take steps toward economic self-sufficiency. Since 2005, NDI's Real Economic Impact Tour in partnership with its network of more than 900 public and private organizations in 100 cities across the country has helped more than 1.5 million people with disabilities access more than $1.4billion in tax refunds. ...continue reading "WEBINAR: NDI’s Real Economic Impact Tour: The Next Generation"