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How the Disability Employment incentive Act Re-Incentivized the hiring of Workers with Disabilities

Posted by Sivia Law on May 8, 2019 12:00:00 PM



Only 32.3% of workers with a disability are in the workforce even though sixty to eighty percent of people would like to work. Employment rates among individuals with disabilities are suffering. Barriers are preventing individuals with a disability to gain employment and contribute to the workforce. Some employers are hesitant to take on the expense and legal implications of employing an individual with disabilities- many of these businesses are also unfamiliar with the financial resources available to them. Congressional efforts to re-incentivize the hiring and retaining of employees with disabilities have come to fruition.

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Topics: disabilities

4 Important Financial Planning Considerations If You Have a Child With Special Needs

Posted by Sivia Law on Apr 24, 2019 12:08:00 PM



An increase in life expectancy makes financial and retirement planning more challenging for everyone; no one more so than parents of a special-needs child, as a longer lifespan means increasing costs for both parents.

The lifetime cost to financially support someone on the autism spectrum is $1.4 million according to a Harvard study (2014). If that person has an added intellectual challenge, the number rises to $2.3 million.

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Topics: disabilities

Staying Independent

Posted by Sivia Law on Mar 13, 2019 12:03:00 PM



Older adults with developmental disabilities want to age in place.

Pamela Merkle is executive director of the St. Louis-based nonprofit Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD). “Individuals with developmental disabilities are living longer, thanks to advances in healthcare.” She begins. “For the first time, large numbers are outliving caregiver parents, and because they seldom have children of their own, their support networks shrink. The biggest awareness issue that we face is that many members of the public simply don’t know this population exists. We’re committed to helping them live independently and with dignity during their “older years.”

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Topics: disabilities

Don't Let an Emergency Find You Unprepared

Posted by Sivia Law on Feb 27, 2019 12:02:00 PM



While other natural disasters may occur such as snowstorms and fires, the challenges for those with disabilities are often even more acute. But with careful planning, individuals with special needs and their families can reduce the disruption.

Get Informed

Begin by contacting your local emergency management office to understand what arrangements are in place to handle disasters, including warning systems, shelters and evacuation of those without their own transportation. Communities often ask individuals with disabilities to register with the local fire or police department in order to speed needed assistance to them.

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Topics: disabilities

Employing People With Disabilities: A Nice Thing to Do?

Posted by Sivia Law on Nov 7, 2018 11:45:00 AM


Is employing people with disabilities a nice thing to do? Before we answer that question, let’s look at some statistics regarding disabled people. Disabled people make up 19 percent of the U.S. population. 54 million people in the U.S. are disabled. Eighty percent of this population is unemployed. This equates to 44 million people with disabilities who are unemployed.

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