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New IRS Tool Makes it Easier to Access Stimulus Checks

From  Justice In Aging On Monday, June 14, 2021, the IRS launched a  new Non-filer Sign-up tool  on its website. Although this non-filer portal is labeled as for non-filers claiming advance payments of the child tax credit,  it is also available for others, including single individuals and people experiencing homelessness . It will allow individuals to provide their information to the IRS so that they can receive any of the three Economic Impact Payments (EIPs), also known as “stimulus payments,” that they may be missing. If an individual did not get the full amounts of the EIPs, they may use this tool if they: Are not required to file a 2020 tax return, didn’t file a 2020 tax return, and don’t plan to, and Want to claim the 2020 Recovery Rebate Credit (which covers the first and second EIPs) and get their third EIP. When using the new non-filer portal, individuals will need to provide: Full name; Current mailing address; Email address; Date of birth; Valid Social Security numbers (or

Autism Research: Nothing about me without me

From  Autism Research Institute   Special Webinar Presentation: 6 pm, Eastern Time (US) Tuesday, July 20th Autism Research: Nothing about me without me Tune in to hear Dr. Wenn Lawson discuss concepts of truly inclusive research in autism. Register for Free About the Speaker Psychologist, lecturer and author,  Wenn Lawson, Ph.D.  has run his own business for 22 yrs. At 2 yrs, he was misdiagnosed as intellectually disabled, at school of being incapable of doing as he was told, at 17 yrs misdiagnosed with schizophrenia; in and out of Mental Health Institutions; eventually, age 42yrs, diagnosed with an autism spectrum condition (ASC), ADHD, dyspraxia and learning difficulties. Dr. Lawson is currently a Teaching Fellow with Birmingham University’s online Masters autism course. He resides on the Autism Open Access board and the board for SEAL(Community College in Warrnambool, Australia), & the ICAN board, South West (Australia). He is a participant and advisor for Autism CRC, Australia

Sexual Wellness Survey for People with Disabilities

If you are a person with a disability in the state of Indiana, we want to hear from you. The  Indiana Disability Justice (IDJ)  has created a survey designed to identify whether people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing sexual violence, sexual harassment, and bodily restriction; and if people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing access to information about bodily autonomy, sexuality, and supported sexual and romantic decision-making. The hope is that the preliminary assessment will shed light on the magnitude of healthful and harmful experiences people with disabilities in Indiana are experiencing, especially regarding sexual and romantic wellness. IDJ will work with an advisory council and people with disabilities to develop strategies to address identified needs and enhance the strengths shared by Hoosiers with disabilities about their communities. Click  here  more information about the survey, who can take the survey, and participation options. (link to  https:/

Tell Congress to Invest in HCBS on the Olmstead Anniversary

From Justice In Aging “ I chose to live independently because I’ve always been independent .”   This is how Alene, a 75-year old resident of Jacksonville, Florida , describes her choice to receive Medicaid services at home, rather than enter a nursing facility.  Several years ago, Alene lost the ability to walk and relies on Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for personal care and light housekeeping. Alene says, “These services are my lifeline. Without these services, my quality of life and dignity would be greatly diminished.” Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s  Olmstead  decision recognizing the right of people with disabilities of all ages to live, work, and participate in their communities. Medicaid HCBS makes  Olmstead  a reality for nearly 5 million people, including Alene.  Unfortunately, the current HCBS system does not have the capacity to meet the full need for services in the community for aging adults and people with disabilities. But Co

The American Physical Therapy Association, Academy of Pediatric PT to develop a Clinical Practice Guideline on Evidence and Recommendations to Promote Functional Mobility in Youth (ages 5 – 22) Who are Ambulatory with Cerebral Palsy

The American Physical Therapy Association is seeking feedback on interventions to include in a clinical practice guideline (CPG) on improving mobility for children with cerebral palsy (CP) who can stand or walk with or without devices.   You are invited to complete this survey if you are a caregiver of a child with CP who can stand or walk with or without devices, or are an adult with CP between the ages of 18-25 years who uses PT services. Please follow the following link to participate in a 15-30 minute survey about this CPG or pass it on to someone you know who would be interested in participating.   https://redcap.link/ CPMobilityCPG If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Guideline Development Group at  james.hedgecock@ childrenscolorado.org . 

Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan will provide families with children from $250 -$300 monthly per child beginning July 15 and lasting through December 2021. If you’ve filed tax returns for 2019 or 2020, or if you signed up to receive a stimulus check from the Internal Revenue Service, you will get this tax relief automatically. You do not need to sign up or take any action. If you didn’t make enough to be required to file taxes in 2020 or 2019, you can still get benefits. Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes. You can sign up at the link below. More information: https://www.whitehouse.gov/child-tax-credit/

Ticket to Work and Mental Health

  From Ticket to Work Wednesday, June 23, 2021 3 – 4:30 p.m. ET   Join us on June 23 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Looking for a job can sometimes be stressful, but work can have a positive effect on your mental health. During this month’s Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar, learn how Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program and Ticket Program service providers can help. Register now Online:  choosework.ssa.gov/wise By 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 be sure to check your spam folder. Questions?  Contact us .