The House on Thursday passed legislation that would amend the Americans With Disabilities Act over objections from disability rights advocates and Democratic leaders, who warned that the bill would remove incentives for businesses to comply with the law.
The ADA Education and Reform Act passed on a 225-to-192 vote, with 12 Democrats joining all but 19 Republicans to approve a bill that proponents say is aimed at curbing unscrupulous lawyers who seek profit by threatening businesses with litigation without actually seeking to improve access for the disabled.
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WV ABLE’s website is live! Please visit the link below for more information. If you have questions, feel free to contact the WV State Treasurer’s Office at 1-800-439-1653 or the NWVCIL at 304-296-6091.
What is a STABLE Account?
A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”
STABLE Accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, a STABLE Account also allows you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses.
WVABLE is West Virginia’s ABLE plan. The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office has partnered with STABLE Accounts and the Ohio Treasurer’s Office to offer this program to West Virginians with disabilities. Although STABLE Accounts are available nationwide, WVABLE is only available to West Virginia residents. Through WVABLE, West Virginians are able to open STABLE Accounts at discounted rates.
January 3, 2018
Are you a person with a disability who wants to get involved and make a difference? Do you have a family member with a disability or do you work to improve life for people with disabilities? The West Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council (the Council) is recruiting new members to fill vacancies for terms beginning July 1, 2018 and you should apply!
This federally mandated Council works closely with the Centers for Independent Living and monitors, reviews, and evaluates the implementation of the State Plan for Independent Living.
The Council seeks to maintain diversity of representation including disability, age, ethnicity, and life experiences. If you or someone you know would like to apply for membership on the Council, please return a completed application form (enclosed) by February 9, 2018.
Please feel free to duplicate this notice and the application form and share them with as many individuals as you wish. This information is also available on the SILC Web site at: www.wvsilc.org
Please review the responsibilities carefully and apply only if you are willing to fulfill them.
All applications will be reviewed and considered. Nominations selected by the Council will be submitted for appointment by Governor Jim Justice. This process can be lengthy and new members are not always appointed before the terms begin in July. We appreciate your patience. If you have questions or need further information or assistance, please feel free to contact me.
Ann Watts McDaniel
In February 2018, the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office will launch WVABLE, a program designed to give people with disabilities more independence and financial security.
WVABLE is made possible by the Achieving a Better Life Experience in West Virginia Act, also known as the West Virginia ABLE Act. Once the program is launched in early 2018, individuals with disabilities will be able to save and invest up to $15,000 per year without losing eligibility for public benefit programs such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Individuals who developed disabilities before the age of 26 may be eligible to open an account.
NWVCIL’s first Youth Club is tomorrow, Friday 26th, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The previous announcement stated the date for Monday January 29th, 2018, which was a typo. Hope to see ya there and sorry for the mix up! Have a great afternoon!
At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong NPR investigation finds that there’s little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8 and runs through January 18th.
Jan 8: Morning Edition. Correspondent Joe Shapiro talks about the series with host Steve Inskeep
Jan 8: All Things Considered: The epidemic of sexual abuse of people with intellectual disabilities. Numbers obtained by NPR show they are sexually assaulted at rates more than 7 times those for all adults without disabilities.
Jan 9: Morning Edition: A visit to a Sex Ed class for people with intellectual disabilities. They talk about how they want relationships, but how the sexual violence of their past often gets in the way.
Jan 10: All Things Considered: On cases that go unnoticed when people have difficulty communicating.
Jan 16: All Things Considered: Police and prosecutors are often reluctant to take these cases. NPR goes back to Essex County, New Jersey, where the first case to get widespread attention–in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 25 years ago–was prosecuted. And look at what prosecutors have learned since.
Jan 18: Morning Edition: Therapists Nora Baladerian and Karyn Harvey talk about the stunning violence in the lives of their clients.
Jan 18: All Things Considered: Self-advocates speak–thoughtfully–of the effects of sexual violence. This piece is entirely in the voices of people with intellectual disabilities (plus Joe Shapiro).
There will be print stories (with photos and art) on-line at www.npr.org.And the radio stories can be heard there.