Two resources, both from the IRS website, highlighting deductions, exemptions and other important tax information for people with disabilities.
“A special needs trust can be a very powerful aid in managing care for a family member with a disability. It can provide supplemental items like therapy, respite care, dental work, companions, entertainment, education — all without interfering with the beneficiary’s SSI, Medicaid or other government programs. The special needs trust can be a flexible tool. It can also be very difficult and confusing to administer. Have you been named as trustee of a special needs trust? Have you created a special needs trust, and wonder what the job of trustee is actually like? Are you a trust beneficiary, trying to figure out what the trustee is permitted — and required — to do? The Special Needs Alliance is pleased to offer its free booklet on administering special needs trusts. In plain English, it can help you understand the choices and obligations.” From the Special Needs Alliance website.
For more information CLICK HERE or go to http://www.specialneedsalliance.org/free-trustee-handbook/
“The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University reaches around the globe in its efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. BBI builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, former dean of SU’s School of Education and a pioneering disability rights scholar, to better the lives of people with disabilities… Given the strong ties between one’s ability to earn income and fully participate in their communities, BBI’s work focuses on two interconnected Innovation Areas: Economic Participation and Community Participation. Through program development, research, and public policy guidance in these Innovation Areas, BBI advances the full inclusion of people with disabilities.” – From the Burton Institute Website. Click Here or go to http://bbi.syr.edu/ to learn more about
It can be difficult to find information regarding available scholarships, especially when you are looking for scholarships specifically for disabled people. Here are a few resources that might help make that search a little easier
Disabled World has information of both scholarships to go to college, but also grants for other services; such as sending a developmentally disabled child to summer camp. It also had some useful tips for searching scholarships on the Internet. To visit their website click here
SchoolSoup.com has created a list of grants and scholarships sorted by specific disability. For example: Autism, Down Syndrome, Physical Disability, Blindness, Deafness, etc. A great place to find disability specific scholarships and grants! Start searching HERE!
At EducationGrant.com you can narrow your search according to what state you live in and what you are interested in studying. The search engine is easy to use and very helpful. Click here to get started
FinAid focuses on scholarships for people with learning disabilities. There are many different scholarships available, however, with the growing number of people claiming to have learning disabilities the scholarships are highly competitive.
A Practical Guide for People with Disabilities Who Want to Go to College An excellent resource for anyone who is disabled and wishes to attend college at some point in their lives. This guide covers many different subjects ranging from goal setting, managing time, searching for grants and scholarships, developing a support network, and where to look (both on and off campus) when you need help.
Individual Development Accounts, or IDAs, are matched savings accounts that build the financial management skills of qualifying Oregonians with lower incomes while they save towards a defined goal. IDAs build pathways of opportunity and create models of economic success in Oregon communities.
The Oregon Individual Development Account Initiative invests in the personal and financial growth of individuals to build strong communities throughout Oregon.
The Oregon Money Management Program offers free support to people with limited incomes who need help with money management tasks. Services are provided by trained and supervised volunteers who work one-on-one with individuals through three core services: Money Coach, Bill Payer, and Representative Payee.
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) provide an opportunity for low-income people to learn the financial skills they need to earn more money, give back to their communities and build Oregon’s economy
Qualified participants set savings goals and make monthly savings deposits. Every dollar they save is matched to help them reach their goals so they can:
- Launch a new business.
- Get the higher education and professional training needed to qualify for a better job.
- Purchase a new home and create thriving, stable neighborhoods.
- Make needed repairs to a home that is no longer habitable.
- Purchase technology needed to work, such as hearing aids or a wheelchair accessible van.
Easter Seals and the National Endowment for Financial Education® (NEFE®) have collaborated to create a 72-page financial planning booklet for parents, caregivers, grandparents or others involved in the care of a special needs child. Included is information on estate planning, finding the right lawyer or knowledgeable financial planner, wills, special-needs trusts, government benefits, savings options insurance plans and other available resources. Easter Seals and NEFE encourage families to start financial planning when their child with a disability is at a young age
Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making.
Money Management Technologies that aid people with intellectual disabilities with learning about money concepts and managing money.
The Money Smart Computer-Based Instruction (CBI) is a friendly and easy to use learning tool that teaches the 10 modules of the Money Smart curriculum through a computer. The CBI can complement formal classes or enable people to study independently at their own pace. The CBI is for users age 13 and over with Money Smart for Young Adults and Money Smart Adult Financial Education Curriculum. Each module generally takes between 20-30 minutes to complete. Students receive ongoing feedback and, upon successful completion of each module, can print out a personalized certificate of completion. Espanol
The program provides supplemental child care subsidies for lower-income families of children with disabilities who have higher support needs in a child care setting. The program also builds capacity for inclusive child care by training and consultation for child care providers. The subsidy may pay for the extra supports a child needs to be in appropriate care. The program serves children through age seventeen with physical, developmental, mental, emotional, behavioral or medical disabilities.
Regional Grants and resources for people with disabilities, families and organization supporting them.
An Individual Development Account (IDA) is a savings account for a special purpose. The money you deposit in this account will be matched by private donations. Each dollar you save will be matched by other dollars. Save for your home, to go back to school, starting a business, purchasing equipment to support your job, or starting a small business.
Incight empowers people with disabilities to become contributing members of society. We accomplish this through several dynamic programs focused in the areas of: Education, Employment, Networking and Independence.
Oregon Student Assistance Commission(OSAC) administers a variety of State of Oregon, Federal, and privately funded student financial aid programs for the benefit of Oregonians attending institutions of post-secondary education. This agency was formerly known as the Oregon State Scholarship Commission.
The Blanche Fischer Foundation (BFF) is a private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded through a trust established by the late Blanche Fischer, a native of Long Creek, Ore. BFF makes direct grants on behalf of individuals with physical disabilities. The aid may relate directly to the disability or may less directly foster independence. In accordance with the terms of Ms. Fischer’s bequest, the foundation does not provide assistance for mental disability.
To be considered for a BFF grant, an individual must
- have a disability of a physical nature;
- reside in the state of Oregon; and
- show financial need.
Since its founding in 1981, the Blanche Fischer Foundation has awarded over $1.2 million to nearly than 2,200 individual Oregonians with physical disabilities. We have made more than 100 organizational grants during this time as well, furthering our mission.
Disability Funders Network (DFN) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization that seeks equality and rights for disabled individuals and communities by bridging philanthropic resources, disability and community. DFN envisions an empowered and functioning democracy with full equality under the law, equal access to services, unconditional respect for difference and the meaningful participation of all communities at tables where decisions are made.