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Showing posts from March 27, 2022

Individual Development Account (IDA)

An   Individual Development Account ,   or IDA, assists Hoosiers with savings towards a major asset purchase. Qualified participants set savings goals and make regular savings deposits over the course of a three-year program. Once completed, the savings are used to make a major asset purchase. How does it work? For each dollar saved, up to $1,500 in three years or less, the State of Indiana matches with three dollars. This means that if a participant successfully saves $1,500, then the State will match it with $4,500, totaling a combined savings of $6,000. IDA participants may use their IDA personal savings and match funds for qualified asset purchases toward education and job training. Funds may pay for costs associated with attending: Accredited institution of higher education Vocational school Accredited or a licensed training program that may lead to employment for the IDA participant or his/her dependent  Qualified expenses may include tuition (including registration fees), labora

Communicating with Schools: Collaborative Strategies for Positive Outcomes

  From  IN*SOURCE TUESDAY, April 5, 2022 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. EDT/10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. CDT  Presented by: Cathy Boswell & Jill Summerlot IN*SOURCE Special Education Liaisons REGISTER NOW.  A major intent of federal and state law in special education is to encourage positive working relationships between parents and schools. The use of effective communication techniques can enhance collaborative relationships and minimize conflict. This presentation will address building positive relationships between parents and schools, verbal and nonverbal communication, types of communicators and strategies for building communication skills.  Please register   by 4:00 pm EST on Monday, April 4. This training is free and open to the public. Certificates of attendance are available for attendees.  Professional Growth Plan points subject to approval from each attendee's organization.  To serve you more efficiently, we require advance registration. Each person must register individually in or

Seeking Input on Inclusive Technology

Researchers are conducting a study about ways in which school leaders, teachers, and service providers involve families of students with disabilities in planning, implementing, and using technology.  Family members of a K-12 student with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 plan who attends a public school are invited to participate in a survey to share their thoughts. Enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card and volunteer to participate in a focus group to provide more detailed feedback.  CLICK HERE  for more information and a link to the survey.

Tips for Encouraging and Supporting a Parent-Teacher Relationship

  From  EP Magazine A couple of years ago I was teaching in a self-contained special education classroom and it was my first year at this new-to-me school. It was meet the teacher night and I’ll admit I was a little nervous. I wanted to make a good impression, and most importantly I wanted parents to know that I was there for them and for their child. That together we would be a team. Read more at

FAFSA Help is Available from INvestEd

If you need help completing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), experts from INvestEd can help you submit the application with confidence & meet deadlines. The FAFSA Deadline for State of Indiana Grants is April 15th! INvestEd  helps students file their  FAFSA , the most important form in the financial aid process. Perhaps you already completed the FAFSA, but are wondering what to do next. They can also help you  finalize your funding plan  for education after high school. After the FAFSA is submitted, financial aid offers will start coming to you. Their  Finalizing Financial Aid  sheet makes understanding your options easier as you make a final decision. Need assistance with your  FAFSA  or  Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID ? Contact INvestEd:

How to Advocate for and Talk About Home and Community-Based Services

  From  Justice in Aging When: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 11:00 a.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. ET The vast majority of older adults and people with disabilities want to live at home and receive the help they need there. But most people who receive Medicaid can’t access the support they need because Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) are woefully underfunded across the country. At the same time, because funding for institutions is required through the Medicaid program, millions of people are institutionalized who would do much better at home.  Advocates are working together to secure investments to increase the availability of Medicaid HCBS and ensure that the workers who provide help to people in their homes, who are mostly women of color, are paid fairly, receive proper training, and are treated with respect. Recent messaging research has revealed best practices for how to talk about HCBS persuasively, and can be used to advocate for increased funding. Individuals who rely on Medicaid HCBS c

Choosing a Service Provider That's Right for You

  Wednesday, March 30, 2022 3 - 4:30 p.m. ET Register Now Join us on March 30 for our next Work Incentive Seminar Event (WISE) webinar! Interested in work and have questions about the supports and services available to people who receive Social Security disability benefits (SSDI/ SSI)? This month we’re highlighting how a Social Security’s Ticket to Work Program service provider can support you on your path to employment and financial independence. Join the webinar to learn more about: The free service and supports available through Ticket Program service providers How to choose a service provider that’s right for you How to connect with a Ticket Program service provider Register now Online: 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. WISE in American Sign Language (ASL) Our  ASL  Guide can help individuals who

FDIC Webinar: National Disability Institute Staff Discusses Expanding Financial Capabilities for Persons with Disabilities

  Expanding Financial Capabilities for Persons with Disabilities Tuesday, March 29, 1:00-2:30 P.M. ET The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) will host a webinar for persons with disabilities to increase the awareness of financial challenges facing this community and highlight relevant resources. The event will feature presentations by representatives from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund (CFE), and National Disability Institute (NDI). Thomas Foley, J.D Executive Director, NDI This event will empower persons with disabilities that are facing fiscal uncertainty. Presenters will support financial education and capability tools, promote affordable insured transaction and savings accounts, as well as share resources and testimonials. Michael Roush Director, Center for Disability-Inclusive Community Development (CDICD) Presenters: Jill Wheeler , Senior Financial Program Specialist,CFPB Davi