The California ABLE Act Board is beginning the work to design a tax-advantaged savings plan where people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities can save up to $100,000 without their vital federal and state benefits being suspended or negatively impacted.
The CalABLE program in California will open up life-improving opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. Contributions to an ABLE account, currently limited to $14,000 per year, can be made by family, friends, or the beneficiary themselves. The account’s earnings are allowed to accumulate tax-free, and the withdrawals, provided they are applied to qualifying disability expenses, are tax-free. The state hopes to make ABLE accounts available by summer 2017.
(If you are not already familiar with ABLE accounts, you can learn more by visiting www.ndss.org/able and http://www.treasurer.ca.gov/able/index.asp.)
The state really wants to learn more about potential CalABLE participants, and this survey is our first step in that process. This survey is intended to be completed by potential ABLE beneficiaries (account holders); parents, legal guardians, caregivers or other support personnel are encouraged to help fill it out if needed.
Thank you for partnering with the State in the development of this very important program!
It's time to redesign the TCRC web site. We are inviting all persons served, staff, partner agencies and stakeholders to join in the design process. You can attend an in-person focus group. There will be two held, one in the TCRC Oxnard office and one in the Santa Barbara office. Or you could join one of two webinars or watch the recorded webinar.
At the in-person groups, we will start by reviewing some existing web sites, navigation (menu styles) and a Groupmap brainstorming session to prioritize content blocks for the home page. We will also talk about slideshow/banner content. You'll have a chance to add content block sticky notes on a pre-printed layout of your choice, & learn of other opportunities to provide feedback.
Here's a link to the Groupmap brainstorming exercise: https://join.groupmap.com/788-087-871
Discussion and exercises will change as we move through the design process. A link to the recording will be sent to those who register for the webinars.
To join in, please register for one or more:
IN-PERSON IN OXNARD: Thursday Oct 27, 10-11am http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xootzndab&oeidk=a07eddji3rd380d9d71
IN-PERSON IN SANTA BARBARA: Friday Nov 4, 4-5pm http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=xootzndab&oeidk=a07eddpqk4911d7eb5b
BY WEBINAR: Wednesday Nov 9, 10-11am https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8956612202480525828
BY WEBINAR: Thursday Nov 10, 4-5pm https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4860909398782786820
Tri-Counties Regional Center will present its ABX2 1 Funding Proposal to reduce variances in the purchase of services during a public forum at the TCADD Board meeting that begins at 6:00pm on September 9, 2016. The meeting will be held at the TCRC Annex located at 505 East Montecito Street in Santa Barbara.
Meeting participants will have an opportunity to provide public comment prior to submitting the request to the Department of Developmental Services.
This proposal is in response to recent notification from the Department of Developmental Services of the opportunity to request funding to implement recommendations and plans to promote equity and reduce variances in the purchase of services (POS), pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code, section 4519.5.