The safer-at-home status hasn’t stopped the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center from making plans for celebrations and activities for the 30th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The anniversary date is July 26, but the celebrations go on all month and into the fall! The ADA Center has provided a list of some of the events scheduled as well as other resources and information on this special anniversary. Thanks to the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center for creating this list!
Friday, July 17, 2020 1:00 – 2:00 PM Eastern Talking About Talking About the ADA: Mid-Atlantic ADA Center trainers will review the law and discuss the dos and don’ts when talking about the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of Disability Pride Virtual PA.
Monday, July 20, 2020 2:00 – 3:00 PM and 6:00 – 7:00 PM Eastern ADA Palooza: An interactive game show, presented by the Mid-Atlantic ADA Center as part of Disability Pride Virtual PA
Thursday, July 23, 2020, 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern ADA30: Lead On – A Celebration of Disability Arts, Culture, Education and Pride – SAVE THE DATE, INFO SOON!
We here at VAIL love what we do and we think the people we serve deserve the very best. Our dedicated staff strives to provide the services that every individual and family we serve needs to navigate the complex system of disability services. As a non-profit organization, we rely on funds from many different sources to enable us to do what we do. Donations from generous organizations and individuals are so important to our mission of promoting self-direction among people with disabilities and removing barriers to independence in the community.
We hope you’ll join us on June 24, 2020, for the Great Community Give hosted by the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham, a single-day online fundraising celebration, when you can donate to VAIL and all your favorite local non-profits!
VAIL will have a POWER HOUR during the event – from 11 AM to noon on the 24th – when we can earn extra if we have the most donations during that one hour! We’re grateful for any and all donations, no matter when they’re given, but we encourage you to make yours during the POWER HOUR to get the most ‘bang for your buck’!
NAMI released the NAMI COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide to answer frequently asked questions regarding the intersection between Coronavirus, or COVID-19, and people affected by mental illness, their caregivers and loved ones. The guide features FAQs on a variety of topics from managing anxiety and social isolation to accessing health care and medications.
We recognize that people affected by mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19. Now, more than ever, it’s important to remember that there is no health without mental health. During these difficult times, we encourage you to take care of yourselves and check in on loved ones. You are not alone, and we will get through this together. —Daniel H. Gillison, Jr.
You may have heard that Appendix K for Virginia’s Medicaid waivers has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) . What does this mean?
Appendix K outlines new flexibilities that will be allowed during the state of emergency due to COVID-19. For individuals using consumer-directed services, these flexibilities include the ability for spouses, parents of minor children, and guardians of minor children to TEMPORARILY be paid attendants. This does come with some challenges and we encourage you to read the letter below for more information.
As always, we encourage you to stay in touch with your service facilitator about what this means for you in your specific situation.
The latest guidance from the Social Security Administration, as of Friday, April 10, 2020. The important information is excerpted here:
The Treasury Department has launched a new web tool allowing quick registrations for Economic Impact Payments. Treasury, not Social Security, will make these payments. Please see guidance below.
People who receive Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability insurance benefits and who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019 and who have qualifying children under age 17:
Go to the IRS’s webpage to enter their information instead of waiting for their automatic $1,200 Economic Impact Payment. By taking proactive steps to enter information on the IRS website about you and your qualifying children, you will also receive the $500 per dependent child payment in addition to your $1,200 individual payment. If Social Security beneficiaries in this group do not provide information to the IRS soon, you will have to wait to receive $500 per qualifying child.
SSI recipients, especially those who have qualifying children under age 17:
To receive the full amount of the Economic Impact Payments you and your family are eligible for, go to the IRS’s Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info page and provide information about yourself and your qualifying children.
New beneficiaries since January 1, 2020, of either Social Security or SSI benefits, who did not file a tax return for 2018 or 2019: