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

Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990 brought new hope and expectations about the possibilities of full participation in the workplace and community life for millions of individuals with disabilities and their families. Yet, the struggle to ensure equality of opportunity and full community participation continues.

In response to this struggle, the National Disability Institute created an Asset Building curriculum that is designed to orient individuals with disabilities and their families to a possible new way of thinking and action. With new tools and strategies and new community partnerships we can discover together a path to advance self-sufficiency for individuals with significant disabilities. To date, this training has been customized for the states of Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio and Wyoming.

This training is intended to increase access to accurate information about Asset Building programs that are available for people with disabilities, their families and professionals. Over the course of the six modules, the training will:

    • Provide a framework for understanding what asset building is and why it is important for people with disabilities;
    • Provide training on six categories of asset building programs: Financial Literacy/Access to Banking; Earned Income Tax Credit/Free Tax Preparation Assistance; Individual Development Accounts; Microenterprise Education and Loan Programs; Homeownership Assistance Programs and Social Security Work Incentive Programs;
    • Provide a look at sample Asset Building programs;
    • Provide an understanding of how these programs work in the local community and how they can be accessed by persons with disabilities;
    • Provide information regarding expected outcomes for the training and how advocates can support their successful completion of the program;
    • Identify local resources and support for both customers and advocates;
    • Recognize how developing assets can affect customer benefits and provide direction on how asset or income limits may be addressed.
 
The six modules are organized as follows:

Module 1: Overview and Introduction
Module 2: Financial Literacy Education and Access to Mainstream Financial Services
Module 3: Earned Income Tax Credit and Free Tax Preparation Assistance
Module 4: Individual Development Accounts
Module 5: Home and Business Ownership
Module 6: Social Security Work Incentive Programs

 

 
For more information, please contact:

Michael Roush, mroush@ndi-inc.org
 
Danielle Ralston, dralston@ndi-inc.org