Archives for Developmentally Disabled

For ADA Anniversary: IRS Spotlights Tax Benefits and Services for People With Disabilities

WASHINGTON — Sunday, July 26th is the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, and the Internal Revenue Service is marking the occasion by spotlighting a number of tax benefits and services that can help taxpayers with disabilities. ABLE Accounts This new program was passed by Congress in December. Under the law, states can offer specially designed, tax-favored ABLE accounts to people with disabilities who became disabled before age 26. Recognizing the special financial burdens faced by families raising children with disabilities, ABLE accounts are designed to enable people with disabilities and their families to save for and pay
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It’s About TIME: Ending Subminimum Wages for Workers with Disabilities

Original Article from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-blahovec/its-about-time-ending-sub_b_7041592.html This year, the United States is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). While the Act signifies improved conditions for persons with disabilities in the United States, we still have so much to do to achieve equality and justice. In fact, it is still legal in the United States for persons with severe disabilities to be paid significantly lower than the minimum wage for their work efforts. The Transitioning to Integrated and Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act, bipartisanlegislation that would phase out this antiquated allowance, was introduced to Congress on January 7th. Sadly, the
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Editorial: State must improve on services for developmentally disabled

California’s community of individuals with developmental disabilities is in crisis, but few outside that community are aware of it. That needs to change quickly, before things get even worse. Support for the state’s roughly 280,000 developmentally disabled individuals has declined to such a state that some are no longer receiving levels of service that are mandated federally, much less what a civilized society owes its most vulnerable members. The decline is wrenching not only for those individuals, but for their loved ones and those who help care for them and support them. The problem is a lack of money —
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