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The ABLE act
- SSI/SSDI recipients have the ability to establish 529A savings accounts in excess of the $2,000 resource cap.
- People with disabilities may save up to $14,000 annually (may not have more than $100,000 total.)
- Any eligible individual may open an account in any state that maintains an ABLE account program.
- The State Independent Living Council will request funding for a position to provide information about ABLE accounts to people with disabilities and families in Idaho. The position will also provide financial literacy education to people with disabilities.
- Legislation will also be introduced to protect people with disabilities from being ineligible for any state benefit program due to savings within their ABLE account.
Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities
A tool for students and families to plan and get organized as youth prepare to leave high school and move into the adult world. It is our hope that the binder will provide resources which will be useful as you prepare to leave high school and move into the adult world.
Whether you have a middle schooler (11-14), a high schooler (14-18), or even a young adult (18-26), this is a tool for you to use as you begin planning your child’s transition into adulthood. While it can’t cover every detail or every situation, it will give you an overview of what lies ahead and a list of resources for where to go next.
The report has four goals:
- To inform families about the components of the transition to adulthood
- To encourage families about the components of the transition to adulthood
- To explain the choices and changes that makeup the transition process
- To connect families with the many resources available for helping them transition
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law Release Three New Fact Sheets on Supported Employment
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health is pleased to announce the publication of three fact sheets following up on our report, Getting to Work: Promoting Employment of People with Mental Illness. Getting to Work discusses the reasons why states should expand supported employment services to increase employment opportunities for people with mental illness. These fact sheets highlight three key reasons to increase the availability of supported employment that are discussed in more detail in the report.
The first fact sheet, Supported Employment Works!, highlights the effectiveness of the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model of supported employment.
The second fact sheet, Supported Employment Saves Money, summarizes the cost and funding mechanisms for supported employment services.
The third fact sheet, Supported Employment and Olmstead, explains how expanding access to supported employment services helps states comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead decision.
View our additional employment resources here.
How Colleges Help Visually Impaired Students Succeed
The two links below are new resources from the Center on Secondary Education for Students with Autism (CSESA). The resources are the first two in an anticipated series from the center and are designed for students with conversational speech and for those supporting students with more significant communication needs:
Building a Bridge From School to Adult Life for Young Adults with Disabilities in Idaho
A manual developed by Idaho Parents Unlimited to help develop post school goals and transition activities.
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Transition Website
Kits are available for youth with special health care needs ages 12-15, 16-18, and 18 and up, along with Parent Companion Guides. These kits assist youth in ensuring their health needs are focused on as part of transitioning to adulthood.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Transition Website can be accessed here: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Transition to Adulthood
Click here to see IPUL's two part video created by and for youth volunteers with special health care needs in transition to adulthood.
Employment Information from the State Independent Living Council's Able to Work Program:
Growing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities - Able to Work
Youth Transition Resource :
Got Transition? - a website with a great amount of information about transitioning from youth to adult care