Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Supporting Families of Students with Disabilities in Postsecondary Education - A New Brief

“Banning the parent from the process is a dangerous idea and often places roadblocks in the student’s way that didn’t need to be there.”
Just because a student turns 18 doesn’t mean they are now equipped and have all the correct answers – or even know the questions to ask. And, that's where the parent comes in. A parent is often the most valuable resource for a student with a disability embarking on the journey of attending college.

With the conclusion of the school year comes thoughts about both higher education and higher expectations as students are accepted to college. There is no better time to think about ways in which you, as a parent, can remain engaged in your young adult's education.

This new brief, published by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth), offers insight into the best places to start on this exciting next step. To read more, go to: http://www.ncwd-youth.info/sites/default/files/InfoBrief41-Supporting-Familes-of-Students-with-Disabilities-in-Postsecondary.pdf

Amazing Coin App

Amazing coins is a great way to teach our children about money and math all at the same time. This app is full of ways to count add and subtract. Amazing coins helps children to recognize money and helps them to make change. This is a great app to get our students counting all while having fun doing it.         -Happy Apping

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Able Accounts are coming

If you are an individual with a disability or have a family member with a disability, this blog is for you.  Due to the passage of the Stephen King Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, you can now open tax-advantaged accounts for the purposes of saving to cover the costs of disability-related expenses, to include assistive technology.
To see if an ABLE account is for you, check out 10 Things You Should Know. If setting up an account makes sense for your family, know that every state across the country will be launching ABLE accounts within the next few months. North Dakota will be making ABLE accounts available through the Bank of North Dakota. Beneficiaries across the nation are free to choose from any ABLE account, regardless of their state of residence.  So remember to compare ABLE account programs with your needs in mind.
To clarify the ins and outs of this program, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) has created a website to educate interested parties & stakeholders about the benefits of these accounts. Visit ANRC’s website to learn about:  http://ndipat.org/blog/able-accounts-are-coming/
  • State-by-state ABLE development statuses;
  • Side-by-side comparisons of ABLE program characteristics;
  • Informational ABLE videos;
  • Archived ABLE webinars;
  • Published ABLE-related research;
  • Summaries of ABLE-related policies, rules and regulations;
  • Frequently asked questions (FAQs);
  • An online portal to submit ABLE-related questions; and
  • ABLE announcements.