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National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month 2016

#InclusionWorks

October, 2016 —

Celebrating Disability Inclusion for More than 70 Years


Reflecting the important role disability plays in workforce diversity, this year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) theme is “#InclusionWorks.” Observed each October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

NDEAM dates back to 1945, when Congress declared the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week.” To learn more about the origins and evolution of NDEAM and other important events in disability employment history visit the Department of Labor interactive timeline.

Ability Connection works with several Medicaid waiver-supported employment agencies such as Launchability and Lifepath Systems that provide job coaching and help in finding employment. ...more >>

 


Celebrating 26 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26th marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2016 — Today is an Independence Day celebration for the one in five American children and adults that experience a disability in their lifetime. It’s hard to believe that 26 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, eliminating discrimination in employment, transportation and public accommodations.

In addition to the important “breaking down” of physical barriers such as curb cuts, ramped access to buildings, automatic opening doors and accessible public transportation, there is another legacy of the ADA. People with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities to pursue their dreams. Americans are looking beyond a disability – physical and cognitive – to see people like themselves, who each day seek a level playing field for rewarding jobs and fulfilling lives.,

View the ADA Video Gallery
Download the Governor's 26th Anniversary ADA Proclamation

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PepsiCo Enable Team visits Ability Connection Texas

Celebrating Independence for People with Disabilities

Dallas, TX (July 23, 2016) – Every year at this time, the EnAble Team from PepsiCo visits Ability Connection Texas with a cookout luncheon, activities and games. ACT clients enjoy hot dogs, photo portraits by Pat Harry Photography, PepsiCo snacks and beverages and patriotic music as they celebrate independence for people with disabilities.

Chester the Cheetah visits with clients and leads a parade around the Dallas Area Service Center followed by an indoor fireworks display that is enjoyed by all. For ACT clients, every day is Independence Day! ...more >>

 


Ability Connection Celebrates Founder’s Day

63 Years of Help and Hope

Dallas, Texas (June 15, 2016) — June 15th, 2016 marks the beginning of our 64th year of serving people. Ability Connection invites you to celebrate our past, be part of our continued growth, and to help us reach out to those in need of our services by giving an Honor/Memorial gift to Ability Connection.

Every day, thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, those dreams come true for the clients and families we serve. Help us celebrate 63 years of help and hope by making a donation to Ability Connection today and give the gift of independence! ...more >>

 


Circle K Partnership with Ability Connection

CIRCLE K SOUTHWEST REGION DONATES OVER $700,000 TO ABILITY CONNECTION TEXAS AND NEW MEXICO IN 2015

Dallas, Texas (April 25, 2016) — Circle K Southwest, our largest corporate supporter, donated over $700,000 in 2015. Every Circle K store in Texas and New Mexico supports us by collecting donations at each register. Next time you’re in a Circle K, drop in your change and thank them for their dedication to Ability Connection!

“We are able to provide our clients with the level of care they deserve because of Circle K. We are grateful for their support of adults and children with disabilities,” said Rick Hart, Chief Executive Officer, “The commitment of Circle K and their customers improves lives every day.”

In addition to canister collections, Circle K hosts an annual golf tournament for their partners and vendors at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa in Texas in September. The event includes a reception, 18 holes of golf on the world famous TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas or beautiful Cottonwood Valley course and a luncheon. Over 50 teams participate in the two day event. Since its inception, the tournament has raised over $2 million.

Thank you Circle K for your partnership! ...more >>

 


Ability Connection Lights It Up Blue

April is Autism Awareness Month

Dallas, Texas (March 31, 2016) — Did you know that 1 in 68 children is diagnosed with Autism? Join Ability Connection as we celebrate Autism Awareness Month in April. Autism is a developmental disorder affecting a person’s ability to interact and communicate with others. Although there is no cure for Autism, early treatment and awareness make a big difference in a child’s life. To comemorate this initiative Ability Connection staff and clients will wear blue on Friday, April 1st. Watch our Facebook page and Twitter feed for photos of our family as we “Light It Up Blue”.

Over the last 40 years, children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have increased tenfold. Improved awareness and diagnosis have contributed to this number. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention identifies around one in 68 American children as being on the autism spectrum. Continued awareness highlights the need to improve the care for adults and children diagnosed with Autism.

As a way of showing solidarity with people living with autism, please make a donation to Ability Connection in honor of someone you know who is living with Autism or another developmental disability. ...more >>

 


Celebrating 25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26th marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

July 26, 2015 — Today is an Independence Day celebration for the one in five American children and adults that experience a disability in their lifetime. It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law, eliminating discrimination in employment, transportation and public accommodations.

In addition to the important “breaking down” of physical barriers such as curb cuts, ramped access to buildings, automatic opening doors and accessible public transportation, there is another legacy of the ADA. People with disabilities have equal rights and opportunities to pursue their dreams. Americans are looking beyond a disability – physical and cognitive – to see people like themselves, who each day seek a level playing field for rewarding jobs and fulfilling lives. ...more >>

 


MAYOR’S LONE STAR 5K NEW ADDITION TO ABILITY CONNECTION’S RACE SERIES

Run the American Dream City

Dallas, Texas — 

There will be new courses, a new venue and a new sponsor when the Lone Star Race series, benefiting Ability Connection, kicks off in Arlington on Sunday, April 26.

The race series, consisting of a 5K, 10K and half marathon, will start and finish at the Levitt Pavilion in downtown Arlington. The venue moved to downtown Arlington to showcase all the American Dream City has to offer while still allowing runners to experience the entertainment district. The 5K and 10K runners will travel through the University of Texas at Arlington campus and the arts district. Participants in the half-marathon will take a scenic route around Globe Life Park, AT&T Stadium and Six Flags Over Texas and then return through the UTA campus and the arts district.

The city of Arlington is sponsoring the Mayor’s Lone Star 5K and inviting serious and recreational athletes to “run the American Dream City” ...more >>

 


World Autism Awareness Day

Celebrate World Autism Awareness Day on Thursday, April 2nd

Dallas, Texas (March 31, 2015) — 

Join Ability Connection as we celebrate the 8th Annual World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) by wearing blue on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. Autism is a serious developmental disorder affecting a child’s ability to interact and communicate with others. Although there is no cure for Autism, early treatment and awareness make a big difference in a child’s life.

Over the last 40 years, children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have increased tenfold. Improved awareness and diagnosis have contributed to this number. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention identifies around one in 68 American children as being on the autism spectrum. Continued awareness highlights the need to improve the care for adults and children diagnosed with Autism. ...more >>

 


President Obama Signs ABLE Act

ABLE Act Signed

WASHINGTON, DC (December 19, 2014) — In an era of Washington gridlock, occasionally a ray of light breaks through and a silver lining appears on the horizon for the citizens of our great country. Such an event occurred quietly on December 19th, 2014 when President Barack Obama signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act after a long eight year campaign.

This new law will allow people with disabilities and their families to create a tax-free savings account up to $100,000 without risking eligibility for means-tested federal programs such as Social Security. The savings accrued in an individual’s ABLE account will not affect their Medicaid coverage. Modeled after the 529 college savings plans, any interest earned on the ABLE savings will be tax-free. Funds in an ABLE account may be used to pay for housing, health care, transportation, education and other expenses.

Pete Sessions Discusses ABLE Last August, Pete Sessions spoke about the ABLE Act at a gathering in Dallas to celebrate Ability Connection’s Adaptive Aquatics Program. Congressman Sessions said “This legislation will help maintain the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities, allowing private contributions to their healthcare, education, housing and transportation, so that they can achieve employment and independence while growing to the best of their abilities.”

“As the proud father of a young man with Down syndrome, I believe that ensuring a sound financial future for our loved ones with disabilities is of the utmost importance. Today’s passage of the ABLE Act, a top legislative priority of mine, is a victory for all individuals with disabilities and their families. This bipartisan, bicameral package represents what Congress can do when it works together towards a common goal.”

Eligibility for an ABLE Act account is limited to individuals with a disability diagnosed before their 26th birthday. Each qualified beneficiary may only have one ABLE account, and up to $14,000 may be deposited annually under current gift-tax restrictions.

Each state that has a 529 plan will first need to put regulations in place before financial institutions will be able to offer ABLE accounts to people with disabilities. Legislators are optimistic that ABLE accounts will be available in all states by the end of 2015.

Related Articles:
H.R.647 - ABLE Act of 2014
Obama Signs ABLE Act
Congressman Sessions discussing his involvement with the ABLE Act
ABLE Act Personal for McMorris Rodgers, Sessions ...more >>

 


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