Tax Policy – ABLE National Resource Center Hosting Webinar Series

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) has declared August as #ABLEtoSave month. During this month, the center will be raising awareness and providing resources relating to ABLE programs. Additionally, they are hosting a series of webinars:

  • Week 1 (July 30 – August 5): Basic Overview of ABLE
  • Week 2 (August 6 -12): Eligibility
    • Wednesday August 9, from 2:00 – 3:00 EDT
  • Week 3 (August 13 – 19): Qualified Disability Expenses
  • Week 4 (August 20 – 26): Financial Literacy
  • Week 5 (August 27 – September 2): Enrollment

To learn more about the #ABLEtoSave campaign and ABLE accounts, visit the ANRC website and be sure to “like” the ANRC on Facebook and Twitter (@theABLENRC).

Income Support – National Disability Institute to Host Webinar on “Better Money Habits”

On Wednesday, June 8, at 3:00 pm EDT, the National Disability Institute is hosting a webinar titled Exploring Bank of America’s “Better Money Habits”. The webinar will review the resources and information available on, a website developed by Bank of America in partnership with the Khan Academy. Register for the webinar here.

Family Support – Webinar on TimeBanking for Respite Services

The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is sponsoring a webinar, TimeBanking for Respite: An Innovative and Socially Just Approach to Supporting Family Caregivers on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm, EDT. This webinar will describe the history and philosophy of TimeBanking and describe how TimeBanks can be applied to the offering of respite care to family caregivers. Timebanking is based on the idea is that those receiving help can “pay” for the services they receive from others, not with money but time credits which they have earned by helping others. Edgar Cahn, CEO of TimeBanks USA, will provide an overview of the content, philosophy and functions of TimeBanks. Chris Gray, TimeBanks Special Projects Coordinator, will provide more details on how these principles can be applied to delivery of respite services. Register here.

Prevention/Health – Webinar Launching Drive to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

The National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition is holding a webinar to launch Find It, Fix It, Fund It: a Lead Elimination Action Drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 1:00 pm, EDT. The drive has four components: a National Roundtable to develop new policies and promote legislation and administrative advocacy; a Policy Workgroup focused on federal funding; a Grassroots Workgroup; and a Media Outreach Workgroup. Participants will have the opportunity to provide input and sign up for the drive’s components. Registerhere.

Rights/Education – Webinar on Supported Decision Making in Education

The National Resource Center on Supported Decision Making is sponsoring a webinar series, From Theory to Practice. On Wednesday, May 25 at 1:00 pm, EDT, the topic will be Supported Decision-Making in Education. Recent studies have found that educational professionals are the most common source of referrals for guardianship. This webinar will feature attorneys and advocates who have worked to include Supported Decision-Making and self-determination into school curriculums. They will tell stories of triumph and struggle that are applicable to professionals across the country. The presenters are Morgan K. Whitlatch, Legal Director at Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities and Project Director of the National Resource Center of Supported Decision-Making and Laura Smith Butler, Research Policy Administrator of National Core Indicators at the Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky. Register here.

Prevention – Webinar on Lead Poisoning on May 3

The Coalition on Human Needs is sponsoring a webinar, Child Lead Poisoning: Preventable Harm, on Tuesday, May 3 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The lead poisoning of children and adults in Flint, Michigan has focused the nation’s attention on the increased risk for developmental delay and disability from contamination of the water supply. Lead in water affects many communities nationwide, and that lead from paint in older buildings is an even more prevalent source of child poisoning. This webinar will provide expert evidence about the consequences of lead poisoning in children, examples of work being done in Flint and Philadelphia to prevent it, and timely information about Congressional proposals to fund the solutions. Please register here

ABLE—The Arc’s Center for Future Planning™  to host two webinars on ABLE Act

Since the passage of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, states have been enacting enabling legislation, Congress has amended the law, and federal agencies have been promulgating regulations and issuing guidance.

With these latest developments in mind, The Center for Future Planning™ is hosting two webinars during March to review the basics of the ABLE Act, discuss these developments, and explore what will come next. To register, click on “Registration” next to Not Started on the session status line. 

  • Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 pm EDT: Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer for Public Policy at The Arc, will review the basics of the ABLE Act; the recent IRS and SSA decisions and their implications for chapter staff of The Arc and other disability professionals; state program launch information; and major differences between ABLE accounts and specials needs trusts (SNTs). 
  • Thursday, March 17 at 2:00 pm EDT: Marty Ford will be joined by Samantha Crane, Legal Director and Director of Public Policy, Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN). These two experts on the ABLE Act will explore the basics of the ABLE Act; IRS/SSA’s recent decisions and their implications for people with I/DD and their families; state program launch information; as well as the major differences between ABLE accounts and special needs trusts (SNTs). 

Tax Policy – ABLE National Resource Center to Host Webinar

In 2015, the majority of states enacted their own versions of the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act. With this stage complete, many states are closer to actually implementing the new ABLE accounts program in their states, with some expecting to have accounts available to open in 2016. To provide updated information, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) invites you to join a webinar on Friday, February 5, at 2:00 pm EST. Featuring a panel of ABLE experts, this webinar will explore the current status of ABLE, various components of the implementation process, and what can be expected in the coming months. Speakers will include:

  • Chris Rodriguez, Senior Public Policy Advisor, National Disability Institute
  • Heather Sachs, Vice President of Advocacy & Public Policy, National Down Syndrome Society
  • Ken Brown, Social Security Administration
  • Marty Ford, Senior Executive Officer, Public Policy, The Arc
  • Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Autism Speaks
  • William Thompson, Deputy Executive Director, Florida Prepaid College Board

Should you wish to attend this online event, please register here.

Education/Restraint & Seclusion: Webinar Series on Effective Alternatives to Restraint and Seclusion Announced

TASH and the National Association of Elementary School Principals are sponsoring a webinar series, “Creating School Cultures Where all Students Thrive – A Series for Education Leaders, on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Trauma Informed Practices.” The series is in five parts, each Thursday from September 24 to October 22, 2015 from 3:30 – 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Learn more about the series and register here.

CMS Releases New Report on Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Services and Supports; Webinar Scheduled for July 31

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2013 Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Services and Supports Report. This report documents progress the Medicaid program has made to promote community living for older adults and people with disabilities.  CMS and Truven Health will host a webinar to discuss the report findings Friday, July 31, from 3 – 4 p.m. (EDT).  To register, click here.