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The ABLE Act

ABLE Act Provides Opportunity From “Informing Families Building Trust” “The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act passed the House by an overwhelming majority. Now, it’s on to the Senate. The ABLE Act allows individuals with disabilities to save money without losing important federal benefits such as SSI and Medicaid needed for long term support services, cash benefits and other benefits (e.g., food stamps, housing). While not as flexible in its use as a special needs trust, the ABLE Act will provide a way for millions of people to save for education, housing and health expenses without paying taxes or risking the loss of benefits due to resource limits imposed by programs such as SSI.” SSI = Supplemental Security Income Read more about the ABLE act: Disability Scoop: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/12/04/house-approves-accounts/19891/ The Arc:...

Smart911

“Smart911 is a free service that allows citizens across the U.S. to create a Safety Profile for their household that can provide information to 9-1-1 and emergency management officials during an emergency.  Smart911 offers 3 services to communities, the ability to provide additional information during a 9-1-1 call in order to enhance emergency response, the ability to answer questions for emergency management to better plan for and respond to disasters, and the ability to opt-in and receive emergency notifications from your community. Each community may utilize one service, or any combination of the 3 services to improve public safety in their community.  When a citizen signs up for Smart911 and creates a Safety Profile, they have the ability to opt-in to any of the services that their community offers, all within one account. 9-1-1 Service The 9-1-1 service allows build your Safety Profile to include any information they want 9-1-1 to have in the event of an emergency. Then, when anyone in that household dials 9-1-1 from a phone associated with their Safety Profile, their profile is immediately displayed to the 9-1-1 call taker providing additional information that can be used to facilitate the proper response to the proper location. Emergency Management Service The emergency management services allows you to answer questions asked by your local emergency management agency that will allow officials to plan for adequate resources in the event of a disaster, and respond effectively to those in need in the event of a disaster. Emergency Notification Service The emergency notification service allows you to opt-in to receive alerts from your community through a variety of channels...

Laptops, computers and Internet for low-income people

InterConnection Computer Outlet Store 3415 Stone Way N., Seattle 98103 10 to 6 M to F, Sat 10 to 5 http://interconnection.org/get_retail.php (206) 633-1517 ext. 116 retail@interconnection.org $99 Laptops and Discounted Computers Refurbished laptop with WiFi card, Windows 7 Pro, Office Home 2007 (includes Word, Power Point, Excel) , WiFi Card, Anti-virus, Spyware, and a 90 day warranty. Payment by credit card or cash only. Laptops are all name brand (mostly Dell). Discounted desktops, LCD Flat screens and peripherals also available. Qualifications You must show yearly earnings are less than $23,000 or show a EBT card or prove you receive Medicaid, SSI, TANF, GA-U, DSHS support, free or reduced school lunches or a nonprofit EIN number. You can also order online:...

Steptember Event

Steptember Northwest What is Steptember? “Steptember is a month long international health and wellness challenge in the month of September that tracks the activity of participants to encourage people to get out and get active! Step up to the challenge by forming a team of four and walking 10,000 steps a day. Track your activity online and virtually climb the seven highest peaks around the world. Activities to rack-up steps include walking, running, swimming, cycling, or even yoga to reach the daily step target. More than 40 activities can be converted into steps, including activities suitable for people with disabilities. PROVAIL is building an inclusive community and providing an opportunity for people of all abilities to step up to the fitness challenge, step out to PROVAIL’s energy series of events during the month, and step together to build community outreach.” Here’s how it works: Participant recruits 3 friends Register Online Get active and keep track (you can convert any activity into “steps”) To register, go to http://www.provail.org/ NOTE: List “LifeSPAN” as the company. You can raise money for Provail or enter “0” for the amount after your team captain has registered. Questions? Contact Kira at...

Farmers Markets in Puget Sound

Below is a link to a list of Farmers Markets in the Puget Sound area for 2014. This list includes markets on every day of the week and throughout the year. Most markets happen in the summer from about May through September, but there are some that go through December and at least one that only happens in the winter. Name, day, time and location for each market are given on this alphabetically arranged four-page list courtesy of Puget Sound Fresh. You can click on the name of a market to get more detailed information. Check it out for ideas on where to go for a fun time and a chance to get in-season produce while supporting local farmers....

Plan to Work Project

“Plan to Work is a statewide benefit planning project.  It consists of a statewide call center and a network of specially trained Community Work Incentive Coordinators who provide one-on-one Benefits Analysis and Benefit Planning. What can Plan to Work do for me? If you receive Social Security disability benefits and live in the state of Washington Plan to Work can help you: Understand how working will affect your cash and/or medical benefits as well as other state-specific benefits; Make informed decisions about the impact of employment on your overall financial well being; Develop an individualized Work Incentive plan which allows you to make informed decisions as you work towards your goal of self-sufficiency; Receive support in navigating programs and services of agencies and organizations at the Federal, State, and local levels. Plan to Work serves individuals in the state of Washington (except Pacific, Lewis, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz, Clark, Skamania, Klickitat, Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla) who are currently receiving disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and want to work. When you want to know how working will affect your benefits, call Plan to Work for a free consultation.” You can determine what Work Incentives might be available to you: http://www.plantowork.org/incentives/ learn more about the Ticket to Work program: http://www.plantowork.org/are/ticket.asp access resources: http://www.plantowork.org/resources/ get answers to FAQs: http://www.plantowork.org/faq/ Get more information at:...