WEBINAR: #ABLEtoSave Series: Debunking ABLE Myths

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August 2017 is #ABLEtoSave month, a nationwide awareness campaign led by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) to provide information about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts, which are a new financial savings tool for individuals with disabilities. ANRC would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, the financial community and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a free webinar on Wednesday August 2, from 2:00 – 3:00 EST, focusing on debunking common ABLE myths.

ABLE accounts are now available across the country for qualified individuals with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits. Despite their widespread availability, lack of awareness and misinformation about ABLE accounts is preventing millions of people from taking advantage of this revolutionary savings tool. This webinar seeks to debunk many common ABLE myths in order to increase knowledge of and confidence in using ABLE accounts.

This Webinar will be moderated by Chris Rodriguez, Director, ABLE National Resource Center, and will include a panel of ABLE related stakeholders and experts, including:

  • Heather Sachs, Senor ABLE Advisor, ABLE National Resource Center
  • Stuart Spielman, Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel, Autism Speaks
  • Keith Bernhardt, VP, Retirement & College Products, Fidelity Investments

The webinar will debunk common ABLE-related misconceptions related to:

  • Eligibility
  • Interaction with public benefits
  • Appropriate use of ABLE funds
  • Comparison to 529 College Savings Accounts
  • Residency Requirements
  • Caps related to contributions
  • Much more!

Please note: Real time captioning will be provided for this webinar. For other accommodation requests, questions about the webinar, or the registration process, please contact Chris Rodriguez at crodriguez@ndi-inc.org.

L.A.S.E.R. DAY CAMP – Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources – Greenville area

L.A.S.E.R.  DAY CAMP
Lighting the path to Advocacy, Support, Empowerment and Resources

DARC Presents:
Day Camp for Persons with Disabilities

When: August 10, 2017 — 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: River Park North

Who: For all persons with disabilities – Ages 13 – 30

CONTACT US TODAY!
252-355-6215

Jana Whitaker or Lisa Pase

Registration is Due by August 4, 2017

Presented by:
DARC
Disability Advocates & Resource Center
702-A Johns Hopkins Drive
Greenville, NC  27834
252-355-6215

Serving Counties Pitt, Wilson & Beaufort

www.http://darcnc.org/

Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse

United Spinal Association

Webinar: Help Prevent Accessible Parking Abuse
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM EDT

Register for this webinar

Description: Join us for an informative webinar on how you can get involved in ending accessible parking abuse in your community. This webinar will discuss the benefits of joining Parking Mobility, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community education and enforcement program designed to improve public awareness of the problem of accessible parking abuse and its impact on the health and safety of wheelchair users and other people with disabilities. Learn how you can participate in this program through a mobile app that gathers data on parking violations and leverages education to enforce the law and end accessible parking abuse.

Audience: Wheelchair users, all people with disabilities who rely on accessible parking or know someone who does.

Presenter: Mack Marsh, Project Director for the Parking Mobility Program

Please join us for this enlightening webinar.

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VP of Online Relations
United Spinal Association 

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Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Walk4Hearing – Asheville chapter information

The WALK4HEARING is our main fund-raising activity for 2017, so we ask everyone please to step up and help.

 

The actual walk takes place in Cary, NC, on Sunday 15 October, but here’s the surprise:      to take part you don’t actually have to go there and walk – there are other ways to help.

 

YOU COULD:

       •   WALK – you’ll need to find sponsors from your friends and family

       •  SUPPORT OUR TEAM   or    SPONSOR SOMEONE who is walking.

    To do any of these:    Go to the website walk4hearing.org , click on Register,     then Find a Walk – looking for North Carolina, low down on the left,         then click on Register, and there you can opt to Participate, or Search for a     Walker or Team to Support:

 

    The Asheville Team is called “ Hear Here in Asheville! “, But you’ll find it just by searching for Asheville.  If you look under that team name you’ll see a list of the participants, and you can choose one to support, or you can just support the team..

 

          MAKE A GENERAL DONATION on the website.  Please be sure to write “Asheville” or the team name “ Hear Here in Asheville! “ under Personal Note 

or even easier . . . .

 

        •  JUST WRITE  A CHECK, make it out to “HLAA Walk4Hearing”,  marking the  Memo line “Asheville”, and mail or give the check to me, the Chapter Team  Captain.  My address is at the foot of the page.  I won’t be at the July meeting. 

 

REMEMBER:  Our Chapter wants to keep working to help you and others with hearing loss, and to encourage the community to greater recognition of our needs. To do that we need to raise funds – and here is your chance to help us do just that.   Thanks !

 

David Nelson, 210 Blue Ridge Vista, Asheville, NC 28805  

 828-505-1874               email: dmn261034@mac.com

Celebrate the 27th Anniversary of the ADA with an Indoor Picnic and Open House – Asheville

DisAbility Partners will host an Indoor Picnic and Open House Celebration for the 27th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This law has had a significant effect on the lives of millions of people living with disabilities by ensuring we have the same rights and responsibilities as any other citizen.

On Friday, July 14th, beginning at Noon we will serve up tasty fried chicken and a vegetarian option along with all the traditional side fixings and desserts too.

We have a guest speaker, show a short video and read the Proclamation from Mayor Esther Manheimer and have a lot of fun too.

The event is FREE, but you must Save Your Seat by calling us at 828-298-1977 so that we will have plenty for all.

Peer Support Class – Asheville area

Vaya Health Peer Support

What will I learn?

This training involves lectures and group activities. The group activities require respect and support. The trainers will utilize class participation, involvement in group activities, as well as general attendance to assess readiness to deliver peer support services in a professional setting. In addition to providing education to participants, there will be skill-building through role plays, take-home activities, and sharing of personal recovery experiences related to overcoming mental health and/or addiction challenges. Vaya Health’s North Carolina Peer Support Specialist training is a 40-hour program scheduled on five days. A brief graduation ceremony will be held on the afternoon of the final training day. Our current training curriculum meets the criteria set forth by the state of North Carolina.

What do I need to do to be admitted?

You are required to have a minimum of nine (9) months of demonstrated, sustained recovery to be eligible for this training. You must also have a High School Diploma or GED.                                   

To receive a completion of training certificate, students must be present and participate on ALL of the scheduled days and hours. If you are unable to attend all hours, please do not apply at this time. Students who do not complete all 40 hours will not earn the certificate of completion, which is required for NC Peer Support Specialist Certification.

 How do I register?

Visit: http://vayahealth.com/members-caregivers/member-services/peer-support/

Print your application and two reference sheets. When completed mail to:
Vaya Health/Smoky Mountain
Attention: Peer Support Training
408-B Spaulding Road
Marion, NC 28752
PSSTraining@vayahealth.com

What are the program costs?

Tuition $30.00 for Materials

NOTE: Please do not send payment with your application. Upon selection, you will be asked to send payment.

When are the next classes?

Peer support Specialist:
June 26-30th                 8:00-5:00
July 10th-14th               8:00-5:00
October 23-27th                       8:00-5:00

After Class?

  • To become a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist, you must have a minimum of one year of demonstrated, sustained recovery.
  • For NC PSS certification you will need to have an additional 20 hours of training. Information on this training will be covered fully during Vaya’s 40 hour training.
  • Then you can submit an application to the state to be certified ($15).

Questions?
Goodwill- 828-298-9023
Vaya Health- 828-225-2785 ext. 5132

Parker Utter
Skills Training Recruitment Specialist
Goodwill Industries
1616 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 298-9023 Ext. 1106
putter@goodwillnwnc.org

Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know what you think

Disability Integration Act Introduced in Both Houses: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor this Important Legislation!

NCIL is excited to inform you that the Disability Integration Act (DIA) has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives! Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 910 in the Senate on April 7, and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2472 in the House just last week, on May 16.

If passed, the DIA will establish new federal law that addresses the constitutional right of people with disabilities to live in the community. The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are often forced into institutions and lose their basic freedom and civil rights. This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias, provide community-based services first, and offer home and community-based services (HCBS) to people currently in institutions.

The DIA builds on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, and programs like Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option. The DIA is the next logical step in the disability community’s fight to FREE OUR PEOPLE. For more information on the DIA, please visit www.disabilityintegrationact.org and see the list of organizations supporting the legislation. See below for a list of current co-sponsors of the DIA and take action!

Take Action!

Now that the bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, we want to keep up the momentum! Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor this bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation!

Senate: S. 910, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on April 7, 2017

Co-Sponsors:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
  • Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
  • Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
  • Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

House: H.R. 2472, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on May 16, 2017

Co-Sponsors:

  • Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
  • Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)
  • Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)
  • Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
  • Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
  • Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
  • Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
  • Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
  • Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
  • Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
  • Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)
  • Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
  • Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
  • Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
  • Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
  • Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
  • Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)

LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE! – Asheville March 20

DisAbility Partners Needs Your Input!

Please share your thoughts and ideas about issues and barriers affecting people with disabilities and what steps DisAbililty Partners can take to challenge those issues!

Help us with goals to acheive for 2017 – 2020

A chate session is scheduled:
Monday, March 20 at 2:00pm

Disability Partners Office – Asheville Office

If you cannot attend, we will have other options available for you.  Call us for more information.

LET US HEAR YOUR VOICE1

Light refreshments will be served.

108 New Leicester Highway – 828-298-1977

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!  – Asheville area PRE registration required

Don’t Miss This Opportunity to talk to a CPA!

We Still Have Space Left! 

“Ask a CPA Day” next Saturday, January 7th

  • How can I take advantage of current tax credits?
  • Am I maximizing deductions for my self-employment or business income?
  • How much can I put away tax-free into my retirement plan or Health Savings Account?
  • How does the Affordable Care Act impact my taxes?
  • From a tax standpoint, would it be advantageous to incorporate my small business?

Have you had these or similar tax questions and would love the opportunity to get professional advice from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

Here is your chance! Next Saturday, January 7, 2016, OnTrack WNC Financial Education & Counseling and the North Carolina Association of CPAs Western Carolina Chapter are partnering to present “Ask a CPA Day”. The day is possible thanks to generous CPAs who are donating their time to help people start the new year off with information they need.

Advance registration is required and space is limited. Appointments are available for one hour time slots from 9 am – 4 pm at OnTrack WNC’s office at 50 South French Broad Avenue, second floor.

Call OnTrack WNC at 828-255-5166 to schedule your appointment for “Ask a CPA Day”.  

Whether you have a small business or have questions about your personal finances, “Ask a CPA Day” appointments are available as a FREE, private, and confidential service to the community.

2014 Autumn Fest

2014 Autumn Fest(2)

Please Join Stalls Medical, Adaptive Vans and NC Spinal Cord Injury Association

November 6, 2014
11:00am – 3:00pm
7980 Chapel Hill Rd., Suite 101
Cary, NC 27513

Opportunities to see new equipment, current technologies, accessible travel, adaptive sports and gaming, as well as the latest mobility trends!

BBQ lunch provided
Raffle Prizes
Come enjoy the fun and invite your family and friends!

RSVP: 919-233-0732 or 919-234-4161