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Bill Introduced to Raise SSI Resource Limits

From  Justice in Aging Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a critical benefit for millions of older adults and people with disabilities. However, the program has not been updated in decades, and, as a result, SSI does not serve the people it was meant to help avoid poverty and economic insecurity. A new bipartisan bill, the SSI Savings Penalty Elimination Act (S. 4102), introduced by Ohio Senators Sherrod Brown (D. Ohio) and Rob Portman (R. Ohio), would make some adjustments to the program that would help SSI recipients keep more of their assets and save for emergencies.  Currently, SSI recipients are only allowed to have $2,000 in countable resources ($3,000 for couples) before they become completely ineligible for SSI benefits. The bill would increase the current asset limits in the SSI program to $10,000 for individuals and $20,000 for couples, allowing recipients to save for emergencies without putting their benefits at risk. It would also index the limits to inflation so they wo

Fair Housing Month: Rights of individuals with disabilities

"While housing discrimination remains a barrier to many of our neighbors with disabilities, IHCDA is committed to promoting the rights and equal housing access of persons with disabilities across Indiana. Below is a short explanation of who may be qualified persons, the rights of persons with a disability and reasonable accommodations for physical accessibility. Person with a disability:  Federal nondiscrimination laws include any (1) individual with a physical or mental impairment that limits one or more major life activities; (2) individual with a record of such impairment; or (3) individual who is regarded as having such an impairment. Rights of Persons with Disabilities:  Excluding qualified individual’s participation in housing programs and denying the benefits because of his or her disability is against federal law. A qualified individual for financial assistance program meets eligibility requirements such income requirement for tenancy. Reasonable Accommodations or Modifica

When Dyslexia and ADHD Overlap – Free Webinar on June 1

  From ADDitude ADHD EXPERT WEBINAR When Dyslexia and ADHD Overlap: Symptoms, Misconceptions, and Interventions EXPERT:  Cheryl Chase, Ph.D. DATE & TIME:  Wednesday, June 1 @ 1pm U.S. Eastern Time (12pm CT; 11am MT; 10am PT)    |    Find it in your time zone >   This webinar will be recorded.   Register now and we'll reserve you a spot (even if you can't attend live) AND email you the replay link » . . . . . It is estimated that about half of people with ADHD also have a learning disorder, the most common of which is dyslexia. This language-based learning disability is characterized by difficulties with  word recognition, spelling, and reading decoding. ADHD and dyslexia share some common traits, but are distinctly different, so proper assessment and treatment are critical. Attendees of this webinar will learn about: Key signs and traits of ADHD and dyslexia Differences between ADHD and dyslexia How children with both conditions differ from those with just one Effective

Seeking Input on Inclusive Technology

CAST  researchers as part of the  Center on Inclusive Technology and Education Systems (CITES) project  in collaboration with researchers from North Carolina State University are conducting a study about ways in which school district leaders, school leaders, teachers, and service providers involve families of students with disabilities in planning, implementing, and using technology. You are invited to participate in a survey. You can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card and volunteer to participate in a focus group. For more information,  click here .

Energy and Water Assistance Program: Application Deadline May 16, 2022

Applications are still being accepted for  Indiana’s Energy Assistance Program  (EAP) and  Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program   (LIHWAP). These programs help low-income households pay their electricity, heating, water and wastewater bills and avoid shutoffs. Applications will continue to be accepted until May 16, 2022. 

Build Learn Grow Updates

  As Build Learn Grow winds down for families, remember that: Families can no longer apply for the Build Learn Grow scholarship, and payments end for those already accepted on June 30. CCDF families must resume paying copays starting May 2. 

What Does Mother's Day Look Like to You?

  From  Parent to Parent USA Mother’s Day is coming up and we know that  it can be a hard day for some of us . To the moms who never, ever give up: we want to celebrate you and showcase your stories. So  tell us : what does Mother’s Day look like for your family? What do you wish others knew about you as a mom? Tell your story in your own creative way: words, photos, video… To get started, please visit: .

Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center (MHDD-NTC): Parenting with Co-occurring Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities

When: Tuesday, May 10 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET Register Here This webinar will focus on the experiences of parents and families who have lived experience with co-occurring mental health and developmental disabilities. They will discuss their families, the strategies they used, and assistance they received to become successful parents, but also the bias and discrimination they have experienced. Webinar Objectives: Define eugenics and its relationship to the forced sterilization of people with disabilities in the United States; Identify instances of bias and discrimination against individuals with disabilities becoming parents; Identify successful strategies, including the use of assistive technology, in becoming successful parents; and Identify barriers parents with disabilities face in supporting their families, especially if their children have disabilities themselves. This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities National Training Center (MHDD-NTC). Lea

IIC Office Vaccine Clinic

"The Indiana Immunization Coalition offers standing vaccine clinic hours.  Our standing clinic hours are every Monday from 10:00am to 2:00pm and every   second Thursday of the month from 10:00am to 6:00pm at our office.   Join us and get up to date on all your vaccinations! Address: 6919 E. 10th Street, Suite C2, Indianapolis, IN 46219. Notes: These open clinic hours are NOT limited to students - we welcome anyone in the community - all ages including newborns! There's no need to call ahead or schedule an appointment - you can walk in. Please bring your driver's license (or other state-issued identification) and health insurance card (including Medicaid card) with you. We accept all insurances (commercial, Medicaid, Medicare). If you do not have health insurance, your vaccinations are free.   Shingrix is available for those with commercial insurance or Medicare. If you have Medicare, make sure to bring a credit card for any copayments. We  do  have the COVID-19 vaccines. C