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Ohio STABLE Account

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STABLE Accounts give people with special needs more independence and financial security

 

What is a STABLE Account?

A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid, SSI, or SSDI. Earnings in your STABLE Account are not subject to federal income tax, so long as you spend them on “Qualified Disability Expenses.”

STABLE Accounts have some similar features to normal bank accounts, but they are not checking or savings accounts. STABLE Accounts are investment accounts, similar to 529 college savings accounts or 401(k) retirement accounts. When you deposit money into your STABLE Account, your money will be invested in different options that you choose. While you can still withdraw and spend your money whenever you need it, a STABLE Account also allows you to grow your money and to save long-term for disability expenses.

  • Click here to download the STABLE Account Brochure.
  • Click here to download the STABLE Account Presentation to view while watching the Darke DD training video below on STABLE Accounts.

Doug Jackson, Deputy Director of the Ohio Treasurer’s Office, discusses the Ohio STABLE Account program.

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October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

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Darke DD is proud to support National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.

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How are you planning to observe National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities. NDEAM is led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, but its true spirit lies in the many observances held at the grassroots level across the nation every year. Learn how you can support NDEAM by visiting the ODEP website: www.dol.gov/ndeam.

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“Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program a Success

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The “Switching Gears” Summer Youth Program through the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) helps students focus on career exploration, employment preparation and life skills.  The five week program ran Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 12 through August 11, 2016 and was open to Darke County students, ages 14 and 15, who receive services from Darke DD.  Most sessions were held at Edison State Community College’s Darke County Campus.  Students participated in a variety of activities to help them build skills in communication and teamwork.  Continuing to fund, coordinate and support a variety of programming to individuals with disabilities, this program is just one way Darke DD assists individuals with transition skills and with coordinating services between school, home and job-readiness training to help students develop a post-graduation plan.

(L to R) Chad Beanblossom, Dean Edison State-Darke County; 2016 “Switching Gears” Summer Youth participants; Kathryn Osborne and Cheryl Pressly (Summer Youth Instructors).

(L to R) Chad Beanblossom, Dean Edison State-Darke County; 2016 “Switching Gears” Summer Youth participants; Kathryn Osborne and Cheryl Pressly (Summer Youth Instructors).

During their first week students focused on communication by participating in hands on activities, listening to a guest speaker and completing a business tour.  One favorite activity was “People Search Bingo” where students cover a bingo square by finding someone in the class with whom they have things in common.  Although the students attend six different schools, this activity allowed them to learn more about one another and to develop bonds.  Another activity was titled “Marvelous Me” whereas; each student received a snack sized bag of M & M’s.  Before eating each M & M the students answered a question aloud based on the color of the candy.  These activities and others helped them practice talking about their strengths, abilities, and interests.  The guest speaker for week one was John Rediger.  John previously worked with Darke DD to assist in his job search and was more than happy to share his experiences of working at Kroger, volunteering, driving, and being engaged in his community.  John encouraged the students to aim high, work hard and never give up on their dreams.  On Thursday, the students enjoyed a tour of The Merchant House.  Cassie Campbell, Managing Partner, and her team treated the students to a delicious pizza that the students topped themselves.  While touring the Merchant House they learned about a variety of jobs in food service and what it takes to be successful in that field.

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Living a Good Life!

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Jeff and Craig live a good life.  They live a good life thanks to the person centered planning model, and the opportunities that being employed in their community provides them. They are able to have the things that are important for them, and are able to enjoy the things that are important to them because of person centered planning.  Their vacation to Florida is just one example of what person centered planning can do for someone with a disability!

Watch this video to learn a little more about what it takes to make something like Jeff and Craig’s dream of vacationing in Florida come true!  Keep watching for updates as we take a deeper look at Person Centered Planning and how it helps provide a good life for someone with a disability!

 

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Darke DD and Midmark Corporation: Partnering for Success

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In 2016 Darke DD and Midmark Corporation embarked on a journey to fulfill an employment need. One was interested in increasing their workforce diversity, while the other has a passion for assisting individuals with disabilities obtain jobs. This story explains the results that met both of their needs…

 

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Greenville Kroger Supports a Diverse Workforce

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Did you know that there are currently 45 individuals working in the Darke County community who receive assistance from the Darke DD (and their respective partners) to retain their competitive employment jobs?  Did you know that Kroger employs nearly 9% of these individuals?  This is an amazing statistic that verifies Kroger’s commitment to the community of Darke County and all of the individuals living within it!

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Wesley Garland

When reviewing the corporate website of The Kroger Co. you will note that one of its commitments is to “be a preferred employer where every associate feels valued and customers recognize that our people are great.”  They further state that they will support this commitment through diversity – one of the company’s six core values, which says that they “seek and embrace differences in the backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities of all associates, customers and vendors.”  March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) would like to give a shout out to Kroger who assists individuals in becoming active members of the employment community.

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Darke DD Series: What’s Your Story? – Ashton and Chase

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(Greenville, Ohio) – The Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Darke DD) embraces Ohio’s Employment First Initiative of “envisioning a time when every working age adult with developmental disabilities has opportunity to seek jobs that fit their skills and interests.”  The board believes in each person’s potential to work and become active members in their community, as stated in their mission statement “to empower people with developmental disabilities to explore possibilities for their lives by maximizing independence, community participation, employment, and economic self-sufficiency in their daily life experiences.”

As we continue our efforts in celebrating March as DD Awareness Month and this year’s theme “What’s Your Story?” we take a look at one of the unique opportunities that the board has engaged in – an enclave-to-work partnership with Greenville Technology Inc. (GTI).  This week’s “What’s Your Story?” features two individuals with successful stories but first, a little background on the enclave.

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