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Indiana ABLE Account Tax Credit – Sign on to support the bill before February 28

Information courtesy of the Indiana ABLE Authority and the Treasurer of State’s Office

The Indiana ABLE Authority and the Treasurer of State’s Office are working to improve Indiana’s 529A ABLE accounts by the addition of a tax credit. They are requesting your support of Senate Bill 559 and House Bill 1350. This legislation would give Indiana ABLE accounts the same tax incentives currently offered by the CollegeChoice 529 programs.  ABLE accounts, also known as 529A accounts, allow individuals with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability related expenses, without affecting their eligibility for certain means-tested benefits. If this bill passes, contributors to ABLE accounts would be eligible to receive a 20% Indiana state tax credit worth up to $1,000 annually.

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2019 Vocational Rehabilitation Survey – Responses Due January 25

Information courtesy of Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) wants to hear from you! You can share your feedback on the need for services or gaps in services for job seekers with disabilities by completing a brief survey. The survey is here. Responses are due by January 25.

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ADA and Special Needs College Scholarship – Apply by March 1, 2019

Information courtesy of The Indiana Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Coordinators’ Association

The Indiana Americans with Disabilities Act and Title VI Coordinators’ Association is offering two $500 scholarships for incoming college freshmen. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2019.  Eligibility requirements:

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Share Your Thoughts about Proposed Excellence in Disability Inclusion Award – Comment by December 4!

Information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed a new plan to encourage inclusive hiring practices. The Department already requires most federal contractors to ensure that at least 7 percent of their employees are people with disabilities. This new plan would present federal contractors that cultivate job opportunities for people with disabilities with an “Excellence in Disability Inclusion” award, exempting them from two years worth of compliance evaluations.

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Social Security and SSI to Increase for 2019 – COLA Biggest in Seven Years

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration

The Social Security Administration has announced that there will be a 2.8% increase in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2019. This cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be the largest in seven years. The COLA for the nation’s eight million SSI recipients will begin on December 31, and the COLA will begin for Social Security recipients in January of 2019.

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