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Social Security 2018 Red Book

Information courtesy of the Social Security Administration and the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities

The 2018 Social Security Red Book is now available! This informative guide explains Social Security work incentives, how working can affect your benefits, where to find local services, and more. The Red Book is a valuable resource for anyone who receives Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income, as well as educators, rehabilitation specialists, and other professionals.

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Indiana State Museum App for People with Visual Impairments

Information courtesy of the Indiana State Museum

The Indiana State Museum has launched a new app designed for people who are blind or have visual impairments. The Indiana State Museum Guide includes an audio tour guide to artifacts and interactive exhibits, with descriptions of each stop on the tour. Audio instructions and floor guides create guideposts which make it easier for visitors to navigate the museum. The app even calls out any potential obstacles, obstructions or changes in flooring.

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What’s New for ABLE Accounts? Major changes for savings accounts for people with disabilities

Information courtesy of the Office of the Indiana Treasurer of State, the Social Security Administration

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts allow people with disabilities to save for their future and pay for disability-related expenses without jeopardizing their access to public benefits. You can open the account for yourself, or an authorized individual can open one on your behalf, if you were diagnosed with a disability before the age of 26, and are either receiving or currently eligible to receive Social Security disability benefits.

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Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) Renewed Through 2020

Information courtesy of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP) through at the year 2020. While the core elements of HIP will stay the same, Indiana will be offering several enhancements to the program to help streamline services and address the state’s most pressing health needs.

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Justice Department Scraps Americans with Disabilities Act Guidelines

Information courtesy of DisabilityScoop, the US Department of Justice

Back in December, President Trump issued an executive order requiring federal agencies to identify regulations for “repeal, replacement, or modification”. In response to the order, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that he is rescinding twenty-five guidance documents, including several related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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