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Financial Literacy & Capability

An important focus of the LEAD Center’s mission is to increase the financial literacy and financial capability of people with disabilities. Participation in the workforce, which produces increased income, is a vital first step for working-age adults with disabilities to build economic self-sufficiency. Employment also serves as an important gateway for individuals to further explore tools and strategies to improve their economic stability and security. The LEAD Center works to foster pathways to economic advancement for people with disabilities to improve their present and long-term financial well-being, while supporting the workforce development, Home and Community Based Services, and other systems that share this mission.

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | March 2020 | Report/Brief

This brief discusses how provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295)1 can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment fo

Financial Capability System Innovation Brief: Building a LADDER to Financial Empowerment in Louisville

LEAD Center | May 2019 | Report/Brief

This brief highlights the work of the five-year partnership between the LEAD Center and LADDER (Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity Empowerment and Resources).

LEADing to Employment Brief on Financial Empowerment Strategies

LEAD Center | January 2019 | Report/Brief

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities.

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Website

The FDIC Youth center offers resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs.

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Webinar

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Report/Brief

While employment is critical to attaining a stronger economic future for American workers, the development of financial capability strategies related to personal savings, asset building, managing credit, and individual budgeting are critical for s

Financial Integration Team Fact Sheet

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice is a peer-to-peer support network, which focuses on integrated financial capability strategies to support persons with disabilities in building their financial well-being.

Federal Regulations That Support the Integration of Economic Advancement Strategies within Disability Employment Services

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The following Federal regulations support the provision of economic advancement strategies within disability services.

Financial Literacy Education Frequently Asked Questions Under WIOA

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

Youth participants and adult job seekers with and without disabilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to receive financial literacy education.

Five Key Strategies to Achieve Financial Well-Being

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) focuses on five key strategies to assist an individual to achieve financial well-being. The five key strategies include:

Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020

If you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security.

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

April 27, 2017

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more...

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

LEAD PEOPLE Tina Lentz, Executive Administrator, Advocacy and Empowerment - Louisville Metro Government Department of Community Services

December 22, 2014

Tina Lentz is the Executive Administrator of the Advocacy and Empowerment division, serving Louisville Metro Government’s Departmen

ABLE Act Offers New Support Options to Advance Employment Outcomes

December 21, 2014

On December 16, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act by a vote of 76 to 16. This was previously passed by the House of Representatives on December 3.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

December 21, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization Department and Bank on Louisville

LEAD Center Webinar Highlights Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

March 30, 2014

On February 26, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with ODEP and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment, held the second webinar in the Promoting Economic Advancement Series, 

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Missed Opportunities for Financial Wellness Support

April 30, 2015

As someone who has spent over 35 years working and partnering with people with disabilities who are pursuing equal opportunities so that they can live the lives they choose, I can say confidently that the disability field is doing a disservice to...

In the Know: Access to Assets

April 23, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Creating Economic Possibilities for All Louisvillians

April 16, 2015

To kick off April’s National Financial Literacy Month, Louisville Metro Community Services and Bank On Louisville presented our second annual Financial Fitness Day on March 31, open to the entire community. All in attendance were invited to meet one...

In the Know: CFED

April 9, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Financial Wellness Among Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

March 13, 2015

A groundbreaking survey conducted by National Disability Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) revealed three out of four people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have difficulty covering their monthly expenses and...

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

January 29, 2015

This first-of-its-kind report offers a snapshot of the economic plight faced by many in the disability community.

In the Know: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

September 26, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Enabling Financial Capability Along the Road to Financial Inclusion

August 29, 2014

What will it take to achieve a state of full financial inclusion for all people, including individuals with disabilities? In 2011, the Center for Financial Inclusion asked this very question, to which 300 practioners around the globe responded.

In the Know: 2012 National Financial Capability Study

May 8, 2014

The 2012 National Financial Capability Survey underscores the need to ensure all Americans have access to the education, resources and tools they need to manage their money with confidence. This is the second study, done in consultation with the U.S...

In the Know: Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

April 22, 2014

With more than 100 million Americans considered low-income and economically vulnerable, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosted a November 2012 convention of financial empowerment experts, stakeholders and policymakers to share thei

Categories - LG Tablet

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | March 2020 | Report/Brief

This brief discusses how provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295)1 can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment fo

Financial Capability System Innovation Brief: Building a LADDER to Financial Empowerment in Louisville

LEAD Center | May 2019 | Report/Brief

This brief highlights the work of the five-year partnership between the LEAD Center and LADDER (Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity Empowerment and Resources).

LEADing to Employment Brief on Financial Empowerment Strategies

LEAD Center | January 2019 | Report/Brief

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities.

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Website

The FDIC Youth center offers resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs.

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Webinar

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Report/Brief

While employment is critical to attaining a stronger economic future for American workers, the development of financial capability strategies related to personal savings, asset building, managing credit, and individual budgeting are critical for s

Financial Integration Team Fact Sheet

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice is a peer-to-peer support network, which focuses on integrated financial capability strategies to support persons with disabilities in building their financial well-being.

Federal Regulations That Support the Integration of Economic Advancement Strategies within Disability Employment Services

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The following Federal regulations support the provision of economic advancement strategies within disability services.

Financial Literacy Education Frequently Asked Questions Under WIOA

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

Youth participants and adult job seekers with and without disabilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to receive financial literacy education.

Five Key Strategies to Achieve Financial Well-Being

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) focuses on five key strategies to assist an individual to achieve financial well-being. The five key strategies include:

Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020

If you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security.

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

The ABLE Act: A Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes

April 27, 2017

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with the ABLE National Resource Center, will be holding a webinar focused on how individuals with disabilities, and their families, can use ABLE Accounts to increase their financial stability and produce more...

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

LEAD PEOPLE Tina Lentz, Executive Administrator, Advocacy and Empowerment - Louisville Metro Government Department of Community Services

December 22, 2014

Tina Lentz is the Executive Administrator of the Advocacy and Empowerment division, serving Louisville Metro Government’s Departmen

ABLE Act Offers New Support Options to Advance Employment Outcomes

December 21, 2014

On December 16, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act by a vote of 76 to 16. This was previously passed by the House of Representatives on December 3.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

December 21, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

June 30, 2014

The LEAD Center, in collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization Department and Bank on Louisville

LEAD Center Webinar Highlights Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

March 30, 2014

On February 26, the LEAD Center, in collaboration with ODEP and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) Office of Financial Empowerment, held the second webinar in the Promoting Economic Advancement Series, 

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Missed Opportunities for Financial Wellness Support

April 30, 2015

As someone who has spent over 35 years working and partnering with people with disabilities who are pursuing equal opportunities so that they can live the lives they choose, I can say confidently that the disability field is doing a disservice to...

In the Know: Access to Assets

April 23, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

Creating Economic Possibilities for All Louisvillians

April 16, 2015

To kick off April’s National Financial Literacy Month, Louisville Metro Community Services and Bank On Louisville presented our second annual Financial Fitness Day on March 31, open to the entire community. All in attendance were invited to meet one...

In the Know: CFED

April 9, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Financial Wellness Among Individuals Living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

March 13, 2015

A groundbreaking survey conducted by National Disability Institute and the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) revealed three out of four people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) have difficulty covering their monthly expenses and...

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

January 29, 2015

This first-of-its-kind report offers a snapshot of the economic plight faced by many in the disability community.

In the Know: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

September 26, 2014

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

In the Know: Enabling Financial Capability Along the Road to Financial Inclusion

August 29, 2014

What will it take to achieve a state of full financial inclusion for all people, including individuals with disabilities? In 2011, the Center for Financial Inclusion asked this very question, to which 300 practioners around the globe responded.

In the Know: 2012 National Financial Capability Study

May 8, 2014

The 2012 National Financial Capability Survey underscores the need to ensure all Americans have access to the education, resources and tools they need to manage their money with confidence. This is the second study, done in consultation with the U.S...

In the Know: Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

April 22, 2014

With more than 100 million Americans considered low-income and economically vulnerable, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) hosted a November 2012 convention of financial empowerment experts, stakeholders and policymakers to share thei

Categories - SM Tablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | March 2020 | Report/Brief

This brief discusses how provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295)1 can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment for...

Financial Capability System Innovation Brief: Building a LADDER to Financial Empowerment in Louisville

LEAD Center | May 2019 | Report/Brief

This brief highlights the work of the five-year partnership between the LEAD Center and LADDER (Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity Empowerment and Resources).

LEADing to Employment Brief on Financial Empowerment Strategies

LEAD Center | January 2019 | Report/Brief

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities.

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Website

The FDIC Youth center offers resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs.

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Webinar

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Report/Brief

While employment is critical to attaining a stronger economic future for American workers, the development of financial capability strategies related to personal savings, asset building, managing credit, and individual budgeting are critical for...

Financial Integration Team Fact Sheet

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice is a peer-to-peer support network, which focuses on integrated financial capability strategies to support persons with disabilities in building their financial well-being.

Federal Regulations That Support the Integration of Economic Advancement Strategies within Disability Employment Services

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The following Federal regulations support the provision of economic advancement strategies within disability services.

Financial Literacy Education Frequently Asked Questions Under WIOA

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

Youth participants and adult job seekers with and without disabilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to receive financial literacy education.

Five Key Strategies to Achieve Financial Well-Being

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) focuses on five key strategies to assist an individual to achieve financial well-being. The five key strategies include:

Webinars

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020

If you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security.

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Financial Education

March 27, 2013

Explore why financial education is important and how it can benefit customers served at American Job Center. Learn about curriculum options and resources as well as strategies for local implementation.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Implementing Free Tax Prep Services

February 27, 2013

Learn about three free tax preparation models for American Job Center professionals to implement to further advance economic stability for their customers. Presenters included the IRS as well as local AJCs implementing free tax prep at their local...

Policy Updates

First ABLE Account Programs Open in Ohio and Tennessee

June 29, 2016

On June 1, 2016, the state of Ohio became the first state to launch a disability savings account program authorized by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), which passed in December 2014.

ABLE Act Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

January 29, 2016

December 19, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law.

Opportunity for Public Input into IRS’ Proposed Regulations for Implementing ABLE Act

September 25, 2015

On June 19, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) its recommended approach for implementing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.

Following Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Gender Marriage, Advocates Highlight Marriage Penalty and Income Limits on Disability Benefits

July 31, 2015

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell on same-gender marriage, advocates with disabilities in the LGBTQ community have raised concerns about continued barriers to marriage for couples who rely on Supplemental Security Income (S

IRS Releases Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

June 30, 2015

On Friday June 19th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the highly anticipated Notice of Proposed

Virginia is First State to Pass ABLE Act Implementation Legislation to Lessen Financial Strains for Those with Disabilities

May 29, 2015

In April, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law the state’s Achieving A B

NDI Unveils ABLE Resource Center and Update on ABLE Implementation

February 27, 2015

National Disability Institute (NDI) announced a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Resource Center to consolidate information, resources and advocacy materials on state implementation of the ABLE Act.

LEAD On! Articles

Webcast: Get Empowered – Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security: Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

In recognition of America Saves Week, as well as the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, the U.S.

Celebrating National Financial Literacy Month

April 1, 2020

National Financial Capability Month, also known as National Financial Literacy Month, held during the month of April each year, is a time for public- and private-sector organizations to work together to improve the knowledge and skills of all Amer

LEAD Center Financial Capability Online Training Continues to Impact the Field

March 20, 2020

The LEAD Center’s Financial Capability Training series is part of a strategic effort by VA DARS to equip current staff, including Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISA's) and other DARS staff and vendors, with the education and resources nece

City of Louisville Continues to Support Financial Empowerment

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

LEAD Activities During Financial Capability Month in April

June 28, 2018

To commemorate Financial Capability Month, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities to address the needs of Americans with disabilities to become more financially capable, the LEAD Center, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB),

ABLE Update: Social Security Administration’s Updated Guidance for SSI Beneficiaries

March 28, 2018

On March 8, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published an updated version of its Program Operations Manual System (POMS) regarding the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts.

Financial Integration Team – Pioneering Pathways to Economic Advancement

December 19, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support National Disability Institute’s Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice.

The FDIC Promotes the Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

December 19, 2017

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) seeks to improve the financial inclusion of underserved populations, particularly those that are not using mainstream financial services, through the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI).

News

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Blogs

Building Credit and Community: A Look Inside Louisville’s LABS Pilot Program

April 26, 2018

In LEAD Center's new blog, Kyle Durbin from the Office of Financial Empowerment at Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, KY,  discusses a new pilot program called LABS. 

Using an ABLE Account for Employment Support

April 27, 2017

Alex Ghenis, an ABLE account holder, shares his personal experience with ABLE, and how ABLE accounts can provide employment support for people with disabilities. 

In The Know: A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

May 27, 2016

What are possible courses of action that policymakers can take to give workers with disabilities a fair shot at employment and economic security? Find out in this 'In The Know' blog.

Oh Captains, My Captains: An Ode to Financial Capability Role Models

April 13, 2016

The financial lessons we learn from role models, such as our parents, as a kid can have a huge impact on us.

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

This July 2014 report, issued by the National Disability Institute, shines light on the financial health, capability and situation of adults living with disabilities.

Show-Me State Shines During NDEAM

October 27, 2015

This month, I have been inspired by the collaboration and cooperation between businesses, service organizations and individuals who have made these events happen.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

October 23, 2015

It can be easy to overlook a few key questions that we should all ask when we are job hunting, before accepting a job, and once hired.

In the Know: Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

September 10, 2015

Today's "In the Know" features the website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor.

In the Know: 2015 Social Security Red Book

August 13, 2015

With the 80th anniversary of Social Security tomorrow, nothing is more fitting for this month's first "In the Know" blog as the 2015 Social Security Red Book.

In the Know: 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

June 18, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

Categories - Phablet

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | March 2020 | Report/Brief

This brief discusses how provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295)1 can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment for...

Financial Capability System Innovation Brief: Building a LADDER to Financial Empowerment in Louisville

LEAD Center | May 2019 | Report/Brief

This brief highlights the work of the five-year partnership between the LEAD Center and LADDER (Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity Empowerment and Resources).

LEADing to Employment Brief on Financial Empowerment Strategies

LEAD Center | January 2019 | Report/Brief

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities.

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Website

The FDIC Youth center offers resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs.

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Webinar

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Report/Brief

While employment is critical to attaining a stronger economic future for American workers, the development of financial capability strategies related to personal savings, asset building, managing credit, and individual budgeting are critical for...

Financial Integration Team Fact Sheet

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice is a peer-to-peer support network, which focuses on integrated financial capability strategies to support persons with disabilities in building their financial well-being.

Federal Regulations That Support the Integration of Economic Advancement Strategies within Disability Employment Services

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The following Federal regulations support the provision of economic advancement strategies within disability services.

Financial Literacy Education Frequently Asked Questions Under WIOA

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

Youth participants and adult job seekers with and without disabilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to receive financial literacy education.

Five Key Strategies to Achieve Financial Well-Being

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) focuses on five key strategies to assist an individual to achieve financial well-being. The five key strategies include:

Webinars

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020

If you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security.

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Financial Education

March 27, 2013

Explore why financial education is important and how it can benefit customers served at American Job Center. Learn about curriculum options and resources as well as strategies for local implementation.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Implementing Free Tax Prep Services

February 27, 2013

Learn about three free tax preparation models for American Job Center professionals to implement to further advance economic stability for their customers. Presenters included the IRS as well as local AJCs implementing free tax prep at their local...

Policy Updates

First ABLE Account Programs Open in Ohio and Tennessee

June 29, 2016

On June 1, 2016, the state of Ohio became the first state to launch a disability savings account program authorized by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), which passed in December 2014.

ABLE Act Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

January 29, 2016

December 19, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law.

Opportunity for Public Input into IRS’ Proposed Regulations for Implementing ABLE Act

September 25, 2015

On June 19, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) its recommended approach for implementing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.

Following Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Gender Marriage, Advocates Highlight Marriage Penalty and Income Limits on Disability Benefits

July 31, 2015

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell on same-gender marriage, advocates with disabilities in the LGBTQ community have raised concerns about continued barriers to marriage for couples who rely on Supplemental Security Income (S

IRS Releases Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

June 30, 2015

On Friday June 19th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the highly anticipated Notice of Proposed

Virginia is First State to Pass ABLE Act Implementation Legislation to Lessen Financial Strains for Those with Disabilities

May 29, 2015

In April, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law the state’s Achieving A B

NDI Unveils ABLE Resource Center and Update on ABLE Implementation

February 27, 2015

National Disability Institute (NDI) announced a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Resource Center to consolidate information, resources and advocacy materials on state implementation of the ABLE Act.

LEAD On! Articles

Webcast: Get Empowered – Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security: Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

In recognition of America Saves Week, as well as the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, the U.S.

Celebrating National Financial Literacy Month

April 1, 2020

National Financial Capability Month, also known as National Financial Literacy Month, held during the month of April each year, is a time for public- and private-sector organizations to work together to improve the knowledge and skills of all Amer

LEAD Center Financial Capability Online Training Continues to Impact the Field

March 20, 2020

The LEAD Center’s Financial Capability Training series is part of a strategic effort by VA DARS to equip current staff, including Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISA's) and other DARS staff and vendors, with the education and resources nece

City of Louisville Continues to Support Financial Empowerment

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

LEAD Activities During Financial Capability Month in April

June 28, 2018

To commemorate Financial Capability Month, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities to address the needs of Americans with disabilities to become more financially capable, the LEAD Center, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB),

ABLE Update: Social Security Administration’s Updated Guidance for SSI Beneficiaries

March 28, 2018

On March 8, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published an updated version of its Program Operations Manual System (POMS) regarding the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts.

Financial Integration Team – Pioneering Pathways to Economic Advancement

December 19, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support National Disability Institute’s Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice.

The FDIC Promotes the Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

December 19, 2017

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) seeks to improve the financial inclusion of underserved populations, particularly those that are not using mainstream financial services, through the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI).

News

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Blogs

Building Credit and Community: A Look Inside Louisville’s LABS Pilot Program

April 26, 2018

In LEAD Center's new blog, Kyle Durbin from the Office of Financial Empowerment at Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, KY,  discusses a new pilot program called LABS. 

Using an ABLE Account for Employment Support

April 27, 2017

Alex Ghenis, an ABLE account holder, shares his personal experience with ABLE, and how ABLE accounts can provide employment support for people with disabilities. 

In The Know: A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

May 27, 2016

What are possible courses of action that policymakers can take to give workers with disabilities a fair shot at employment and economic security? Find out in this 'In The Know' blog.

Oh Captains, My Captains: An Ode to Financial Capability Role Models

April 13, 2016

The financial lessons we learn from role models, such as our parents, as a kid can have a huge impact on us.

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

This July 2014 report, issued by the National Disability Institute, shines light on the financial health, capability and situation of adults living with disabilities.

Show-Me State Shines During NDEAM

October 27, 2015

This month, I have been inspired by the collaboration and cooperation between businesses, service organizations and individuals who have made these events happen.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

October 23, 2015

It can be easy to overlook a few key questions that we should all ask when we are job hunting, before accepting a job, and once hired.

In the Know: Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

September 10, 2015

Today's "In the Know" features the website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor.

In the Know: 2015 Social Security Red Book

August 13, 2015

With the 80th anniversary of Social Security tomorrow, nothing is more fitting for this month's first "In the Know" blog as the 2015 Social Security Red Book.

In the Know: 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

June 18, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...

Categories - Phone

Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

The ABLE Act and Employment: Strategies for Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities

LEAD Center | March 2020 | Report/Brief

This brief discusses how provisions of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295)1 can be combined with federal benefit services and other federal programs and initiatives to further competitive integrated employment for...

Financial Capability System Innovation Brief: Building a LADDER to Financial Empowerment in Louisville

LEAD Center | May 2019 | Report/Brief

This brief highlights the work of the five-year partnership between the LEAD Center and LADDER (Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity Empowerment and Resources).

LEADing to Employment Brief on Financial Empowerment Strategies

LEAD Center | January 2019 | Report/Brief

Employment is often considered the first step towards a better financial future. However, financial empowerment skills can be an important component of seeking and obtaining employment for job seekers with and without disabilities.

FDIC Youth Employment Resource Center

Website

The FDIC Youth center offers resources that support financial education and access to safe, affordable insured accounts for youth participating in employment programs.

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

LEAD Center | May 2018 | Webinar

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Integrating Financial Capability and Asset Building Strategies into the Public Workforce Development System

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Report/Brief

While employment is critical to attaining a stronger economic future for American workers, the development of financial capability strategies related to personal savings, asset building, managing credit, and individual budgeting are critical for...

Financial Integration Team Fact Sheet

LEAD Center | April 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice is a peer-to-peer support network, which focuses on integrated financial capability strategies to support persons with disabilities in building their financial well-being.

Federal Regulations That Support the Integration of Economic Advancement Strategies within Disability Employment Services

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The following Federal regulations support the provision of economic advancement strategies within disability services.

Financial Literacy Education Frequently Asked Questions Under WIOA

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

Youth participants and adult job seekers with and without disabilities under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) may be able to receive financial literacy education.

Five Key Strategies to Achieve Financial Well-Being

LEAD Center | March 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) focuses on five key strategies to assist an individual to achieve financial well-being. The five key strategies include:

Webinars

Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National...

Financial Health Assessment for Counseling and Guidance

December 7, 2017

PART THREE OF THREE:

Financial Strategies for Workers with Disabilities During the Coronavirus Pandemic

April 22, 2020

In the U.S. today, the COVID-19 emergency presents a time of significant health and economic uncertainty for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families and communities.

Get Empowered: Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

February 27, 2020

If you are a person with a disability who is getting ready to enter the workforce or who recently did, you probably have a lot of questions related to your new job and your financial security.

Integrating Employment and Financial Capability Services: New Pathways to Economic Stability

February 26, 2014

The US Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have entered into a partnership to advance positive financial behavior and greater economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disab

MyFreeTaxes – Free Tax Preparation for AJCs and Community Based Organizations

January 22, 2014

Join us for a timely conversation on MyFreeTaxes, a free, inclusive tax preparation tool in which taxpayers earning $58,000 or less can prepareand file their federal and state taxes online in all 50 states.

Promoting Economic Advancement - Using Work Incentives to Build Financial Stability

April 24, 2013

Discover opportunities for individuals with disabilities to increase income through the use of Social Security (SSDI and SSI) work incentives, including work incentives that support savings above the $2,000 SSI asset limit.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Financial Education

March 27, 2013

Explore why financial education is important and how it can benefit customers served at American Job Center. Learn about curriculum options and resources as well as strategies for local implementation.

Promoting Economic Advancement – Implementing Free Tax Prep Services

February 27, 2013

Learn about three free tax preparation models for American Job Center professionals to implement to further advance economic stability for their customers. Presenters included the IRS as well as local AJCs implementing free tax prep at their local...

Policy Updates

First ABLE Account Programs Open in Ohio and Tennessee

June 29, 2016

On June 1, 2016, the state of Ohio became the first state to launch a disability savings account program authorized by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE), which passed in December 2014.

ABLE Act Celebrates Its 1st Anniversary

January 29, 2016

December 19, 2015 marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act into law.

Opportunity for Public Input into IRS’ Proposed Regulations for Implementing ABLE Act

September 25, 2015

On June 19, 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) posted in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) its recommended approach for implementing the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014.

Following Supreme Court Ruling on Same-Gender Marriage, Advocates Highlight Marriage Penalty and Income Limits on Disability Benefits

July 31, 2015

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell on same-gender marriage, advocates with disabilities in the LGBTQ community have raised concerns about continued barriers to marriage for couples who rely on Supplemental Security Income (S

IRS Releases Proposed ABLE Act Regulations

June 30, 2015

On Friday June 19th, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released the highly anticipated Notice of Proposed

Virginia is First State to Pass ABLE Act Implementation Legislation to Lessen Financial Strains for Those with Disabilities

May 29, 2015

In April, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe signed into law the state’s Achieving A B

NDI Unveils ABLE Resource Center and Update on ABLE Implementation

February 27, 2015

National Disability Institute (NDI) announced a new Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Resource Center to consolidate information, resources and advocacy materials on state implementation of the ABLE Act.

LEAD On! Articles

Webcast: Get Empowered – Make the Most of Your Job and Improve Your Financial Security: Building Financial Solutions for People with Disabilities

June 29, 2020

In recognition of America Saves Week, as well as the upcoming 30th anniversary of the ADA, the U.S.

Celebrating National Financial Literacy Month

April 1, 2020

National Financial Capability Month, also known as National Financial Literacy Month, held during the month of April each year, is a time for public- and private-sector organizations to work together to improve the knowledge and skills of all Amer

LEAD Center Financial Capability Online Training Continues to Impact the Field

March 20, 2020

The LEAD Center’s Financial Capability Training series is part of a strategic effort by VA DARS to equip current staff, including Work Incentives Specialist Advocates (WISA's) and other DARS staff and vendors, with the education and resources nece

City of Louisville Continues to Support Financial Empowerment

September 26, 2018

The LEAD Center continues to support the expanding work of the Louisville Alliance for Development through Diversity, Empowerment, and Resources (LADD

LEAD Activities During Financial Capability Month in April

June 28, 2018

To commemorate Financial Capability Month, and learn more about the challenges and opportunities to address the needs of Americans with disabilities to become more financially capable, the LEAD Center, Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB),

ABLE Update: Social Security Administration’s Updated Guidance for SSI Beneficiaries

March 28, 2018

On March 8, 2018, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published an updated version of its Program Operations Manual System (POMS) regarding the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts.

Financial Integration Team – Pioneering Pathways to Economic Advancement

December 19, 2017

The LEAD Center continues to support National Disability Institute’s Financial Integration Team (FIT) Community of Practice.

The FDIC Promotes the Economic Inclusion of People with Disabilities

December 19, 2017

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) seeks to improve the financial inclusion of underserved populations, particularly those that are not using mainstream financial services, through the Alliance for Economic Inclusion (AEI).

News

Video Released of Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities Event

May 3, 2018

On April 18, National Disability Institute (NDI), the LEAD Center and Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) partnered for the webinar/in-person event, Advancing Financial Literacy for Individuals with Disabilities, to commemorate National F

LEAD Center Hosts National Dialogue on Financial Literacy Education for People with Disabilities

April 18, 2018

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, the LEAD Center today launched a two-week national dialogue called Money Matters.

LEAD Participates in Louisville Financial Empowerment Summit

November 4, 2014

On October 30th, LEAD staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the city's 2nd Annual Financial Empowerment Summit.

ODEP and CFPB Issue Memorandum Promoting Financial Capability of Workers with Disabilities

August 14, 2014

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a joint memorandum calling on state and local governments, community development organizations, employers and...

LEAD Center Hosts Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

May 22, 2014

In collaboration with Louisville Metro Government Community Services and Revitalization and Bank on Louisville, the LEAD Center hosted an Economic Advancement Assembly in Louisville, Ky. on May 13.

Louisville Metro Government Joins With National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center to Improve Financial Health for Kentuckians with Disabilities

May 12, 2014

Assembly brings disability advocates, community and thought leaders together to discuss current activities and opportunities to build the financial capability of people with disabilities throughout the Louisville Area

Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy, Joins LEAD Center to Facilitate Strategic Planning at CFE Forum

March 26, 2013

ODEP and National Disability Institute’s LEAD Center joined Cities for Financial Empowerment for a brainstorming session to begin designing a national integration strategy to build the financial capability of individuals and families through touch...

President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability Releases Final Report

March 12, 2013

This new report delivered through the U.S. Department of the Treasury highlights many recommendations to help improve the financial lives of individuals and families across America.

Census Bureau Report Shows 30 Percent of Adults Receiving Government Assistance have a Disability

February 26, 2013

This U.S. Census Bureau report – Disability Characteristics of Income-Based Government Assistance Recipients in the United States: 2011 – reveals that 30.4 percent of the more than 46 million adults who received income-based government assistance in...

Blogs

Building Credit and Community: A Look Inside Louisville’s LABS Pilot Program

April 26, 2018

In LEAD Center's new blog, Kyle Durbin from the Office of Financial Empowerment at Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Resilience and Community Services in Louisville, KY,  discusses a new pilot program called LABS. 

Using an ABLE Account for Employment Support

April 27, 2017

Alex Ghenis, an ABLE account holder, shares his personal experience with ABLE, and how ABLE accounts can provide employment support for people with disabilities. 

In The Know: A Fair Shot for Workers with Disabilities

May 27, 2016

What are possible courses of action that policymakers can take to give workers with disabilities a fair shot at employment and economic security? Find out in this 'In The Know' blog.

Oh Captains, My Captains: An Ode to Financial Capability Role Models

April 13, 2016

The financial lessons we learn from role models, such as our parents, as a kid can have a huge impact on us.

In the Know: Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

December 3, 2015

This July 2014 report, issued by the National Disability Institute, shines light on the financial health, capability and situation of adults living with disabilities.

Show-Me State Shines During NDEAM

October 27, 2015

This month, I have been inspired by the collaboration and cooperation between businesses, service organizations and individuals who have made these events happen.

Are You Asking the Right Questions?

October 23, 2015

It can be easy to overlook a few key questions that we should all ask when we are job hunting, before accepting a job, and once hired.

In the Know: Financial Education, Asset Development, and Work and Tax Incentives

September 10, 2015

Today's "In the Know" features the website section of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), U.S. Department of Labor.

In the Know: 2015 Social Security Red Book

August 13, 2015

With the 80th anniversary of Social Security tomorrow, nothing is more fitting for this month's first "In the Know" blog as the 2015 Social Security Red Book.

In the Know: 2015 Assets & Opportunity Scorecard

June 18, 2015

In the Know is a bi-monthly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities. To find even more useful resources, visit the LEAD...