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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
 

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:

Disability Benefits Counseling Services: Free Resources for SSA Disability Beneficiaries Returning to Work

March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Social Security Administration (SSA) encourages disability beneficiaries to work to their fullest capability.

Financial Education Disability Supplemental Guides

February 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) has released disability supplemental guides that complement the Hands on Banking® instructor guides for adults, young adults and entrepreneurs.

Financial Education Quick Reference Guides

February 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) has released quick reference guides that complement the Hands on Banking® instructor guides for adults, young adults and entrepreneurs.

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.

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...

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

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LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

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:

Disability Benefits Counseling Services: Free Resources for SSA Disability Beneficiaries Returning to Work

March 2018 | Tool/Manual

The Social Security Administration (SSA) encourages disability beneficiaries to work to their fullest capability.

Financial Education Disability Supplemental Guides

February 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) has released disability supplemental guides that complement the Hands on Banking® instructor guides for adults, young adults and entrepreneurs.

Financial Education Quick Reference Guides

February 2018 | Tool/Manual

National Disability Institute (NDI) has released quick reference guides that complement the Hands on Banking® instructor guides for adults, young adults and entrepreneurs.

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.

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...

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

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Resources

 
LEAD Center - A Resource Developed by LEAD Center for ODEP
 

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

April 2015 | Tool/Manual
CFED

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services is aimed at community-based organizations which serve low- and moderate-income clients.

Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

July 2014 | Report/Brief
National Disability Institute

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

LEAD Center Presentation: Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation

This presentation was used by Michael Morris on May 13th during the Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly, a city-wide event to help people in the local disability community improve their financial capability and capacity.

Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

November 2013 | Report/Brief

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, November 2013. This report brings to light expert observations and conclusions from a Nov. 2012 CFPB convention that may be of a benefit to economically-vulnerable populations and strategies to ensure better...

Scaling Financial Coaching: Critical Lessons and Effective Practices

June 2013 | Report/Brief

Citi Foundation and NeighborWorks America June 2013

National Financial Capability Study

Website

FINRA, 2013. The 2012 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) presents new survey findings that underscore the need to ensure all Americans have access to the education, resources and tools they need to manage their money with confidence.

Investing in Our Future Conference Summary: National Conference on Youth Financial Education and Capability

April 2013 | Presentation

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, April 2013. On April 30, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought together more than 100 public, private and nonprofit organization leaders dedicated to improving financial literacy and...

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Website

CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve their American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Website

Established by Congress in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency charged with protecting and educating consumers regarding financial products and services through enforcement of federal consumer financial...

National Disability Institute

Website

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and the principal organization driving the LEAD Center.

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:

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...

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...

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

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).

ABLE Accounts Give People with Disabilities the Power to Save

September 27, 2017

This summer, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) launched a month-long public awareness campaign called “#ABLEtoSave.” The national grassroots camp

LEAD Focuses on the Connection between the ABLE Act and Employment

June 29, 2017

This past quarter, the LEAD Center conducted substantial work to educate disability-related stakeholders about how having an ABLE account can assist a person with obtaining and maintaining competitive integ

LEAD PARTNER: ABLE National Resource Center

June 29, 2017

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support, and resources of some of the country's most influential national disability organizations to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE a

Financial Integration Team – A Community of Practice of Economic Advancement Change Agents

September 30, 2016

Communities of Practice (CoPs) align individuals with a shared interest to share common practices, individual experiences, innovative ideas, and experiential knowledge.

ABLE Account Funds Could Help Individuals with Disabilities Achieve Employment Outcomes

June 30, 2016

June 2016 marked the launch of the country’s first ABLE programs.

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
 

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

April 2015 | Tool/Manual
CFED

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services is aimed at community-based organizations which serve low- and moderate-income clients.

Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

July 2014 | Report/Brief
National Disability Institute

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

LEAD Center Presentation: Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation

This presentation was used by Michael Morris on May 13th during the Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly, a city-wide event to help people in the local disability community improve their financial capability and capacity.

Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

November 2013 | Report/Brief

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, November 2013. This report brings to light expert observations and conclusions from a Nov. 2012 CFPB convention that may be of a benefit to economically-vulnerable populations and strategies to ensure better...

Scaling Financial Coaching: Critical Lessons and Effective Practices

June 2013 | Report/Brief

Citi Foundation and NeighborWorks America June 2013

National Financial Capability Study

Website

FINRA, 2013. The 2012 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) presents new survey findings that underscore the need to ensure all Americans have access to the education, resources and tools they need to manage their money with confidence.

Investing in Our Future Conference Summary: National Conference on Youth Financial Education and Capability

April 2013 | Presentation

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, April 2013. On April 30, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought together more than 100 public, private and nonprofit organization leaders dedicated to improving financial literacy and...

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Website

CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve their American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Website

Established by Congress in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency charged with protecting and educating consumers regarding financial products and services through enforcement of federal consumer financial...

National Disability Institute

Website

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and the principal organization driving the LEAD Center.

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:

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...

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...

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

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).

ABLE Accounts Give People with Disabilities the Power to Save

September 27, 2017

This summer, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) launched a month-long public awareness campaign called “#ABLEtoSave.” The national grassroots camp

LEAD Focuses on the Connection between the ABLE Act and Employment

June 29, 2017

This past quarter, the LEAD Center conducted substantial work to educate disability-related stakeholders about how having an ABLE account can assist a person with obtaining and maintaining competitive integ

LEAD PARTNER: ABLE National Resource Center

June 29, 2017

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support, and resources of some of the country's most influential national disability organizations to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE a

Financial Integration Team – A Community of Practice of Economic Advancement Change Agents

September 30, 2016

Communities of Practice (CoPs) align individuals with a shared interest to share common practices, individual experiences, innovative ideas, and experiential knowledge.

ABLE Account Funds Could Help Individuals with Disabilities Achieve Employment Outcomes

June 30, 2016

June 2016 marked the launch of the country’s first ABLE programs.

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
 

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services

April 2015 | Tool/Manual
CFED

Building Financial Capability: A Planning Guide for Integrated Services is aimed at community-based organizations which serve low- and moderate-income clients.

Financial Capability of Adults with Disabilities

July 2014 | Report/Brief
National Disability Institute

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

LEAD Center Presentation: Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly

LEAD Center | May 2014 | Presentation

This presentation was used by Michael Morris on May 13th during the Louisville Economic Advancement Assembly, a city-wide event to help people in the local disability community improve their financial capability and capacity.

Empowering Low Income and Economically Vulnerable Consumers

November 2013 | Report/Brief

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, November 2013. This report brings to light expert observations and conclusions from a Nov. 2012 CFPB convention that may be of a benefit to economically-vulnerable populations and strategies to ensure better...

Scaling Financial Coaching: Critical Lessons and Effective Practices

June 2013 | Report/Brief

Citi Foundation and NeighborWorks America June 2013

National Financial Capability Study

Website

FINRA, 2013. The 2012 National Financial Capability Study (NFCS) presents new survey findings that underscore the need to ensure all Americans have access to the education, resources and tools they need to manage their money with confidence.

Investing in Our Future Conference Summary: National Conference on Youth Financial Education and Capability

April 2013 | Presentation

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, April 2013. On April 30, 2013, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought together more than 100 public, private and nonprofit organization leaders dedicated to improving financial literacy and...

CFED (Corporation for Enterprise Development)

Website

CFED empowers low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets by advancing policies and programs that help them achieve their American Dream, including buying a home, pursuing higher education, starting a business and saving for the...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Website

Established by Congress in 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is the federal agency charged with protecting and educating consumers regarding financial products and services through enforcement of federal consumer financial...

National Disability Institute

Website

National Disability Institute (NDI) is national non-profit organization dedicated to building a better economic future for people with disabilities and the principal organization driving the LEAD Center.

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:

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...

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...

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

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).

ABLE Accounts Give People with Disabilities the Power to Save

September 27, 2017

This summer, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) launched a month-long public awareness campaign called “#ABLEtoSave.” The national grassroots camp

LEAD Focuses on the Connection between the ABLE Act and Employment

June 29, 2017

This past quarter, the LEAD Center conducted substantial work to educate disability-related stakeholders about how having an ABLE account can assist a person with obtaining and maintaining competitive integ

LEAD PARTNER: ABLE National Resource Center

June 29, 2017

The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support, and resources of some of the country's most influential national disability organizations to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE a

Financial Integration Team – A Community of Practice of Economic Advancement Change Agents

September 30, 2016

Communities of Practice (CoPs) align individuals with a shared interest to share common practices, individual experiences, innovative ideas, and experiential knowledge.

ABLE Account Funds Could Help Individuals with Disabilities Achieve Employment Outcomes

June 30, 2016

June 2016 marked the launch of the country’s first ABLE programs.

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...