AT&T Supports Disability Action Center

AT&T check presentation

Disability Action Center (DAC) Executive Director, Evan LeVang, announced the acceptance of a $1,500 donation from AT&T on July 6th, 2016. DAC welcomed AT&T External Affairs representative, Preston Dickinson, for the presentation of their generous donation. Chico City Council Member, Randall Stone, was on hand as well. “We are honored by AT&T’s generosity,” said Evan LeVang. “Donations such as these enable DAC to provide innovative services beyond the scope of our regular grant-funded programs. We thank AT&T for their support of people with disabilities in our community.”

Council Member Stone, a long-time supporter of DAC, added, “The Disability Action Center’s receipt of AT&T support is testament to the outreach and support DAC provides to all members of our community. Without DAC developing solutions with me, City staff would not have been able to bring forward the Esplanade safety improvements and garner near unanimous Council approval. I am so proud of the work DAC performs and so honored to work closely with such a community asset. It is great when businesses like AT&T see that as well.”

Around Chico

 

 

Lots of outreach being done in our communities. If you wish a presentation of DAC programs and services please let us know. DAC counties include Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, and Tehama. Chico Office (530) 893-8527 and Redding Office (530) 242-8550. Thanks!

ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience)

AB 449 CA (2015-16 Session)

Why is this bill needed?

This bill will harmonize with recently enacted legislation, The Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE), which allows individuals who became blind or disabled before reaching age 26 to create tax-free savings accounts.

Purpose of the bill:

According to the author, “In California many people with disabilities and their families depend on a variety of public benefits for income, health care, food and housing assistance provided by the state and federal government. There are strict eligibility requirements for public benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment (SSI/SSP), CalFresh and Medi-Cal, which often don’t allow an individual to have more than $2,000 in savings. To remain eligible for these public benefits, an individual cannot save for the future. AB 449 will give eligible Californians with disabilities access to federally recognized 529A ABLE accounts. The California ABLE program will be administered by the State Treasurer, who also administers 529 college savings accounts. Eligible individuals and families will be allowed to establish ABLE savings accounts that will not affect their eligibility for SSI, Medicaid and other public benefits. However, pursuant to federal law once an ABLE account reaches $100,000 SSI benefits are suspended until the balance goes below that amount. The ABLE Act recognizes the extra and significant costs of living with a disability. These include costs related to raising a child with significant disabilities or a working age adult with disabilities, for accessible housing and transportation, personal assistance services, assistive technology and health care not covered by insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. AB 449 will provide people with disabilities and families raising a child with disabilities an opportunity to save money without being penalized with loss of public social services.”

Additionally, the measure provides that any moneys in an ABLE account, contributions to, and distributions for qualified disability services from, that don’t exceed $100,000 will not count toward determining eligibility for any state or local means-tested program. Maximum contribution of $14,000 per year.

Who will be qualified?

An individual who is blind or disabled, with onset before the age of 26 can qualify.   The individual must be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, or have a disability certificate on file with the Internal Revenue Service.

Which services can the disabled person receive?

Funds may be spent on education; housing, transportation; employment training and support; assistive technology and personal support services; health, prevention, and wellness; financial management and administrative services; legal fees; oversight and monitoring; and funeral and burial services.

Who will administer this program?

Accounts will be administered by the State Treasurer

Limited Budgetary Impact

According to the Franchise Tax Board, AB 449 will result in revenue losses of $100,000 in 2015-16, $400,000 in 2016-17, and $900,000 in 2017-18.

Progress in the Legislature

Passed the Assembly on a vote of 79-0 Will be heard in the Senate starting this week. No opposition is expected

Details are available at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0401-0450/ab_449_cfa_20150622_110619_sen_comm.html

Do you use a California Department of Motor Vehicles issued “disabled person parking placard or license plate”?

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We are interested in your parking experiences. Please take this survey and share it with others! Survey will remain open until April 24, 2015.

Take the Survey!

¿Utiliza usted del Departamento de Vehículos Motorizados de California un “cartel de estacionamiento para personas con discapacidades o una placa”?

Estamos interesados en su experiencia de estacionamiento – ¡por favor tome esta encuesta y compártalo con otras personas! Encuesta permanecerá abierta hasta el 24 de abril del 2015.

Tome la encuesta!

你使用加州交通部頒發的殘障人士泊車證或車牌嗎?

我們對你的泊車經歷很感興趣, 請參加這個調查並與他人分享你的經歷! 調查將繼續舉辦直到2015年4月24日止。

参加调查!

 

California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – CFILC 1234 H Street #100 • Sacramento, CA 95814 916-325-1690 Voice • 916-325-1695 TTY • 916-325-1699 Fax

The mission of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers is to advocate for barrier-free access and equal opportunity for people with disabilities to participate in community life by increasing the capacity of Independent Living Centers to achieve their missions.

CFILC.org © 2015 • All Rights Reserved

U. S. SENATE BILL 1356 MATTERS

What is U. S. Senate Bill 1356? Why does it matter?

It is a comprehensive act named the Workforce Reinvestment Act. Part of the act includes authorization of the Rehabilitation Act, essential to providing the funding for and structure governing the Independent Living Centers across the country.

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Information, including fact sheets and links to take action, are available at:
http://www.ncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/RehabActTalkingPointsAugust2013.pdf

Number of Poor Seniors would increase under Ryan budget

 

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In a April 23, 2014 Huffington Post blog, NSCLC Executive Director Kevin Prindiville writes that the House-passed budget resolution “leaves the country’s older adults to struggle with less food, income housing, and care.”

“By cutting essential programs that often make life manageable for those with limited income and resources, the Ryan budget will lead to poverty numbers among seniors the nation hasn’t seen since the Depression.”

Please feel free to shae the blog widely. You can also find the blog on the NSCLC website.

Support our Seniors

Reneto Wilkins, a senior living in Washington, D.C., nearly became homeless when he lost his Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for two months. Why was he cut off? He was trying to save for a winter coat and exceeded the unrealistically low asset limit to receive benefits. This was a life-threatening event for Reneto who lives with several chronic illnesses and relies entirely on his SSI income to survive.

Earlier this month, U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Sherrod Brown took a stand for Reneto and millions of our country’s low-income older adults and introduced the Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089). Join forces with NSCLC and Senators Warren and Brown by supporting our continued advocacy to improve SSI.

“SSI is a critical program that helps millions of our poorest and most vulnerable citizens keep their heads above water,” said Senator Warren.

The Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act of 2014 (S. 2089) is a bill that will provide much needed updates to the SSI program – such as increasing the asset limit from $2,000 to $10,000 – that would allow seniors like Reneto to save for emergencies like a home or car repair and make it easier for all low-income seniors to get the support and assistance they desperately need.  A version of the bill was introduced in the House of Representatives (H.R. 1601) by Representative Raul Grijalva last year.

“Millions of vulnerable Americans who struggle just to get by depend on Supplemental Security Income to help take care of their families, but inflation has significantly decreased the ability to qualify for SSI benefits, hurting seniors,” said Senator Brown.

Please support NSCLC’s advocacy with an online donation today. Your contribution will allow us to continue to work with Senators Warren and Brown and Representative Grijalva to get Congress to improve the SSI program.

Standing together, we can improve the economic security of millions of poor seniors.

Sincerely,

Kevin Prindiville

Executive Director

National Senior Citizens Law Center 1444 Eye Street, NW Washington, DC 20005

NSCLC staff are available to help advocates with answers to questions about program rules and requirements, reviewing and analyzing pleadings, commenting on proposed litigation, assisting in the formulation of strategies, drafting opinion letters and providing memoranda, articles and other written materials. NSCLC is a member of the National Legal Resource Center that provides legal support to the Aging Advocacy Network.