1. Administration on Aging - Website of the Week

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    Happy National Employ Older Workers Week! 

    Did you know, by 2020, it is estimated that workers 55 years and over will make up 25 percent of the U.S. labor force - nearly two times the rate compared to 2000 (13 percent). Furthermore, workers 65 years and older are projected to make up 7 percent of total workforce by 2020 - that’s a lot of baby boomers and eligible retirees working into their “Golden Years!”.

    As such, we have selected the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Administration on Aging (AoA) as our Website of the Week. A federal agency housed in HHS’ Administration for Community Living, AoA ensures older Americans with and without disabilities have the needed supports to live independently, make their own choices and participate fully in society.

    At a time when 50 percent of all senior citizens have a disability, it is important we provide the tools and support services to not only get a job but have the opportunity to live a happy life and build an even brighter future. The Administration on Aging helps make this dream a reality, during National Employ Older Workers Week and the other 51 weeks of the year!

  2. 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy - Website of the Week

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    You’ve heard the saying, “life happens.” Or, at the very least, you’ve heard one or more of the numerous sayings, “(fill in the blank) happens.” Anyway, what we are trying to get at is life is full of ups, downs and its fair share of surprises.

    As is life, your financial situation can also change for better or worse unexpectedly. That is why we have chosen the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants360 Degrees of Financial Literacy as our Website of the Week.

    A tremendous resource for people with and without disabilities. 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy is a free program aimed at helping all Americans better understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

    So, whether you’re a teen, college student, newly employed, married or single, have a disability or a recent retiree, our Website of the Week keeps you in tip-top financial shape whenever “life happens.”      

  3. Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training Strategies for Community Human Services Organizations - Publication of the Week

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    It’s Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) Week, an opportunity for the entire disability community, advocates and allies to recognize the tireless work, dedication and accomplishments of DSPs nationwide as well as celebrate their vital role and contributions to the community. As such, we have selected The Research and Training Center on Community Living’s Staff Recruitment, Retention and Training Strategies for Community Human Services Organizations as our Publication of the Week.

    Just in case, as a refresher, DSPs’ primary responsibility is to provide support, training, supervision and assistance to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, however, the DSP field is marked by higher-than-average turnover and sometimes less than adequate training. All of which begs the question, “How can people with disabilities be served and assisted if DSPs aren’t adequately trained or have the necessary experience?!” Our Publication of the Week seeks to answer this question by providing effective, research-based strategies that organizations can use to recruit, retain and train DSPs.

    There are only 3 days left in Direct Support Professionals Week, make good use of it by reading this excellent resource. You’ll be glad you did!

  4. Social Security Ticket to Work Program - Website of the Week

    Have you ever meet Ben? No, we aren’t talking about your bff, Ben, nor are we talking about Ben Franklin or the song “Ben”by Michael Jackson, but rather the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Ben.” Like many other Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) beneficiaries, Ben wants to improve his financial situation and look for gainful employment options while maintaining SSDI and other federal benefits eligibility.

    Are you like Ben? Then, you may want to check out SSA’s Ticket to Work, it’s our Website of the Week. The Ticket to Work Program gives SSDI beneficiaries access to support services and employment opportunities to increase their wages, resulting in a greater standard of living and, ultimately, leaving the benefit rolls.

    September is all about self improvement; in fact, it’s Self Improvement Month. So, if you have a disability, are on SSDI and want to work toward a more financially independent life, Ticket to Work may be the perfect option for you! 

  5. Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management for People with Disabilities - Publication of the Week

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    Everyone needs the financial skills and education to make smarter, more informed financial decisions. That being said, however, people with disabilities have unique needs and circumstances that affect their finances much differently than individuals without disabilities.

    To help, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) developed Cents and Sensibility: A Guide to Money Management for People with Disabilities. Our Publication of the Week, this booklet, specifically designed for the disability community but beneficial to all people, helps readers build a personal budget, provides financial best practices and assists individuals develop saving and spending plans based on their own needs and wants.

    September is National Self Improvement Month! Take a giant step towards a more financially confident you by reading our Publication of the Week - you’ll be glad you did!

     

  6. GettingHired.com - Website of the Week

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    We are still 3 days out from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest employment status (“August Jobs Report”). However, if the previous trend continues, the report will show people with disabilities continue to find it a challenge entering into and remaining in the workforce.

    As a result, we have selected as our Website of the Week - GettingHired.com. Bridging the gap between job seekers with disabilities and employers looking to hire, the website helps connect well-qualified, skilled workers with disabilities to gainful employment opportunities. 

    So, whether you are just beginning to look for a new job or wanting to kick you job search into high hear, GettingHired.com provides free, secure and accessible employment services to improve employment outcomes for individuals and veterans with disabilities. 

  7. Understanding the Benefits - Publication of the Week

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    We have reached the midpoint of National my Social Security Week. To help get you over the “hump,” we have selected the Social Security Administration’s Understanding the Benefits as our Publication of the Week.

    This comprehensive publication provides an overview of and facts on all Social Security programs and Medicare, including a section on my Social Security accounts which is available to all current and future beneficiaries, including people with disabilities. 

  8. my Social Security - Website of the Week

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    This week, we are proud to join the chorus of similar-minded groups and organizations celebrating National my Social Security Week!

    As part of the week-long initiative, and to promote and ensure every American, including people with disabilities, sign-ups for their own my Social Security account, we have selected as our Website (Webpage) of the Week the Social Security Administration’s my Social Security page.

    What is a my Social Security account? Well, it’s a totally free and secure account that current and future Social Security beneficiaries, including people with disabilities, can use to keep track of and verify their earnings; get an estimate on future benefits while still working; and much more.

    So, take the first step toward your “someday,” and join the 13 million Americans and counting who have already created their own my Social Security account.

  9. 50 years After LBJ’s War on Poverty: A Study of American Attitudes About Work, Economic Opportunity and the Social Safety Net - Publication of the Week

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    While much progress has been made in the 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared an “unconditional war on poverty,” including formal protection under federal law for people with disabilities, senior citizens, women and people of color, economic inequality still persists.

    Our Publication of the Week, the Center for American Progress and Half in Ten’s 50 years After LBJ’s War on Poverty: A Study of American Attitudes About Work, Economic Opportunity and the Social Safety Net, is a follow up to a previous 2008 report. This latest edition, issued January 2014, sets out to determine what Americans know and believe about poverty and assess their opinions on the War on Poverty and their support or opposition to new proposals for fighting poverty in the future.

    The most important findings from the research are: 

    • One-quarter to one-third of Americans—and even higher percentages of Millennials and people of color—continue to experience direct economic hardship
    • A majority of Americans have a direct personal connection to poverty.
    • Americans vastly overestimate the annual income necessary to be officially considered poor.
    • Americans now believe that nearly 40 percent of their fellow citizens are living in poverty.
    • Americans strongly believe that poverty is primarily the result of a failed economy rather than the result of personal decisions and lack of effort.
    • Retrospective evaluations of the War on Poverty are mixed, but Americans across ideological and partisan lines believe the government has a responsibility to use its resources to fight poverty.
    • Despite mixed feelings about the original War on Poverty, there is strong support for a more realistic goal of reducing poverty by half over the next 10 years.
    • The public is clear about its priorities for reducing poverty: jobs, wages, and education.
    • Americans also express very strong support for a number of policies to help reduce poverty rates, particularly with jobs, wages, and education but also on more traditional safety net items.

  10. Save and Invest - Website of the Week

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    It’s National Smile Week, and while a smile might be the last thing on your mind when thinking about your personal finances, our Website of the Week, FINRA Investor Education Foundation’s Save and Invest, can turn that financial frown upside down.

    Dedicated to providing unbiased financial tools and information for military families, people with disabilities and all consumers, Save and Invest has a plethora of useful advice, reports and materials to help make financial planning less stressful.

    So, start smiling more, Save and Invest will help.