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Ticket to Work and the Path to Employment

From the Social Security AdministrationTicket to Work and the Path to EmploymentWednesday, August 26, 20203 – 4:30 p.m. ETJoin us on August 26 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar!How can Ticket to Work help you on your employment journey?If you receive Social Security disability benefits (SSI/SSDI), you probably have lots of questions about how work will affect your benefits. This month’s webinar will help answer some of those questions!We’ll give you information about Social Security’s Ticket to Work (Ticket) Program and other Work Incentives that can help you as you start on the path to financial independence through work.Discover the answers to questions like:What is the Ticket Program?How can I connect with a Ticket Program service provider?How do I get started?Register nowOnline: Phone: 1-866-968-7842 or 1-866-833-2967 (TTY)You will receive a registration confirmation message with instructions on how to log in to the webinar. Please …

ABLE Answers Their Top 3 Questions for July/August

1. Why should I consider putting some or all of the economic stimulus payment into an ABLE account?An ABLE account can help you save for emergencies or for items or services not covered by benefits. If you don’t need to use the stimulus payment to pay for things right now, you could use some or all of it to start saving today. Your savings grow tax-free and most means-tested benefit programs like Medicaid, food stamps or housing assistance don’t count the savings as a resource. If you receive SSI, any amount over $100,000 in your ABLE account will count towards the resource limit and your monthly payment will be temporarily suspended until you reduce your countable savings below your resource limit. If you have not received your economic stimulus payment, please see updated guidance at: Can an individual have both an ABLE account AND a Special Needs Trust, and can they have both a 529 college tuition account and a 529 ABLE account?Yes. An individual ma…

National Parent Helpline

This page on their website has a lot of great resources broken down by category: is the info about the help line:The National Parent Helpline® is here for you and is open to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages.1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)
Monday through Friday
10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST (Locally their hours are 1:00 PM to 10:00 pm EST)A trained National Parent Helpline® Advocate is ready to:·listen to you·offer emotional support·help you problem-solve·support you in creating your own solutions·encourage you to take care of yourself·work with you to get connected to local services·explore new resources for your family·help you build on your own strengths and continue to be a great parent!

Frequently Asked Questions regarding health coverage through the marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP

Guidance – HCBS in hospital settings

In accordance with the recent amendment to Section 1902(h) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1396a(h)), states’ Medicaid programs are permitted to provide home-and community- based services to individuals in acute care hospitals. The Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services has developed the following guidance for the delivery of HCBS (i.e., Family Support Waiver and the Community Integration Habilitation Waiver) in acute care hospitals.This guidance is only applicable for individuals receiving BDDS waiver services who are seeking or receiving treatment in an acute care hospital setting for inpatient medical care or other related services for surgery, acute medical conditions, or injuries. This guidance does not pertain to individuals who require long term care in a facility based setting including but not limited to nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and/or treatment facilities.Individuals may receive HCBS from their direct support professional or other support staff like…

A Meeting of Minds and Hearts: Connecting with Teens about Racism, Social Justice, Police Brutality, and Protests

From Family Voices Resource eBlast
On a good day, talking with your teen about how their day went in a two-way conversation can be a challenge…let alone discussing topics such as racism, police brutality, and social justice. Here are some ideas, tools, and resources to become informed yourself and help connect with teens through their media platforms and in their “language.”
For conversations with other child populations, check out the last two eBlasts:
Connecting with your Child with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities about Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests
Talking with Young Kids about Racism, Police Brutality, and Protests

Balancing Self-Care, Career, and Childcare During a Pandemic

In this virtual discussion, esteemed panelists share their unique perspectives on how to juggle both work and family responsibilities during COVID-19 and beyond. Hosted by Easterseals DC MD VA.

Webinar: Systemic Racism & Health: Solutions, Making Change Happen from NIHCM

From NIHCM Foundation (

Date and TimeAugust 11, 2020
1:00 - 2:00 PM ETFeaturingCamara Phyllis Jones
Emory University; Morehouse School of MedicineDerek Robinson
Blue Cross Blue Shield of IllinoisTiffany Netters
504 HealthNetRegister NowThe COVID-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on the impact of systemic racism on the health of Black Americans. Long-standing social and economic inequities have contributed to multiple social determinants of health that increase the risk of getting or dying from COVID-19. In the United States, Black Americans are dying at 2.5 times the rate of white Americans, while facing barriers to testing, treatment, and options for prevention and self-protection. This webinar will discuss how systemic racism harms health, and how solutions-based approaches at the state and community level are making a difference.Speakers will discuss:How racism harms individual health and has contributed to a public health crisis in America and among Black AmericansA heal…

9 Organizations Funding Assistive Technology

From PATINS Project
"It's no secret that assistive technology can be expensive. However, the cost should never prohibit students in need from receiving it. Below is a list of organizations who may be able to provide aid during the assistive technology purchasing process.American Council for the Blind: The ACB offers scholarships and other supports. Check with your state affiliates to explore the services and supports they offer.Brighter Tomorrow Grant: This grant is for children and adults with multiple sclerosis and provides up to $1000 for equipment.Easter Seals: Your local Easter Seals may provide several community programs and supports.MDA National Equipment Program: The Muscular Dystrophy Association has a resource referral program to assist you in finding necessary funding for equipment.Contact your local branch from the following service organizations to inquire about current funding opportunities.Elks: Use the Lodge Locator to find contact information for your local br…