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August 13, 2014

President Signs Autism CARES Act into Law

On Friday, August 8, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act, or Autism CARES Act of 2014, into law. Autism CARES, which reauthorizes the Combating Autism Act, continues important investments in research, prevalence monitoring and services for both children and adults on the autism spectrum.

August 6, 2014

Opening the Doors of Small Business

Small businesses create over 50 percent of the new jobs in the United States. This presents an outstanding opportunity for the employment of people with disabilities, yet it is often difficult to convince small businesses that disability employment can be tied to their success. A new EARN report by The Conference Board's Peter Linkow titled "Opening the Doors of Small Business to Employees with Disabilities: Critical Concerns and Strategies for Success" tries to address the concerns that small business leaders have voiced about employing people with disabilities. It explores extensive research demonstrating that hiring people with disabilities can improve an organization's productivity, work quality, and more at little or no additional cost, while improving the workplace for all employees. Learn more about EARN.

Financial Capability 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.
August 4, 2014

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book available online

The 25th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's signature KIDS Count Data book is now available. Using an index of 16 indicators, the “2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book” ranks states on overall child well-being and in four domains: (1) economic well-being, (2) education, (3) health, and (4) family and community. The report also examines trends since 1990 and highlights policies and practices that have improved child health and development over the years.

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July 30, 2014

Webinar: Rising to the Occasion ADA, Olmstead & State Efforts to Promote Integrated Employment
Published on Jul 22, 2014 by the LEAD Center

24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26th marked the 24th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Learn more about ADA form these projects and resources:

National Disability Coalition Seeks Comments
Deadline: August 15, 2014

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has established a National Disability Coalition that provides an opportunity for all interested stakeholders to share unique insights directly with policy makers and other stakeholders on topics of particular interest to Social Security. SSA is seeking participants for an online comment forum on the Disability Decision Process. The online forum is now open for public ideas and comments via IdeaScale through August 15, 2014. This forum will assist SSA develop responsive and effective policies that will empower people with disabilities, minimize their financial hardship, and ensure proper use of Disability Trust funds. The Disability Coalition plans to meet three times per year, beginning with the first meeting on September 24, 2014. Prior to each meeting, SSA will host a four-week engagement using IdeaScale to promote stakeholder discussion. After the meetings, SSA will host a two-week post meeting engagement to provide a final opportunity for discussion.
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