Seasons Greetings from The Arc's Forestville Center: Help Support the Holiday Appeal!
With your support, The Arc opened its new Forestville Center this year. This multipurpose center houses our Employment Services Division, Office Skills Training Program, and Staff Development Center.
Proceeds raised last year, unfortunately, did not cover the approximately $40,000 The Arc had spent to get this facility up and running--things like furnishings, audio-visual equipment, signs to let people know we are here, and computers for the Office Skills Training Program.
So this year, we are dedicating our holiday appeal to helping recoup the reserve funds spent furnishing our Forestville Center. Please give generously! Your gift of $250 to the Holiday Appeal also secures your membership in the prestigious Arc Society.
Look for our letter in your mailbox in the next few days, or click here to make an online donation, and select "Holiday Gift" from the designation drop-down menu. Contact Tiffany Balmer at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
See more photos of the Forestville Center by clicking here!
Write the County Executive
Please take a moment and write County Executive Rushern Baker and ask him to place $2 million in the county's Fiscal Year 2016 to supplement the wages of direct care professionals working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It's time for our County to help assure that our direct support workers are adequately compensated for the valuable services they provide to Prince Georgian's with disabilities. For background information, go to our fair wages information page.
Long-Awaited ABLE Act About to be Passed
Keep your fingers crossed! Congress is about to pass The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2013, better known as The ABLE Act.
This Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill aims to ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary's employment, and other sources.
An ABLE account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation. The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts, and individual retirement accounts. The legislation also contains Medicaid fraud protection against abuse and a Medicaid pay-back provision when the beneficiary passes away. It will eliminate barriers to work and saving by preventing dollars saved through ABLE accounts from counting against an individual's eligibility for any federal benefits program.
The House passed legislation last Wednesday, and the Senate is expected to follow quickly. It's great to see both sides of the Aisle working together on our behalf!
View the full December Arc Notes.