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March EQUITY:Self-Directed Services & Asset Building- Choosi
EQUITY e-newsletter: March 2006
Disability and Asset Building Communities Working Together
In the March EQUITY:
Self-Directed Services & Asset Building: Choosing Your Own Path to Economic Self-Sufficiency
Self-Directed Services Meets Asset Building Opportunities:
A Primer for the Future
Megan O’Neil, World Institute on Disability, provides a comparison of programs that allow
individuals with disabilities to direct their own Medicaid services and ways to incorporate
financial literacy and asset building to further increase their economic self-sufficiency.
Women and Company® Microenterprise Boost Program Provides Equity Awards for Women
The Abilities Fund
PROGRAM OF THE MONTH:
Smart Start: Enhancing Access, Equity, and Opportunity for Youth with Disabilities
Tamara J. Amsbaugh, Employment Policy Group, describes how youth with disabilities are
empowered by a program that supplies financial literacy, asset building, and the ability to
control their futures.
PROFILE OF THE MONTH:
It Takes a Team
Employing a team-centered approach, Morganne, the Gent family, Morganne’s personal agent-
Laurie Ertz, and Sarah Renner from Smart Start, Morganne has the opportunity to create her
TIP OF THE MONTH:
New Medicaid Home and Community-Based Programs Now Available
Steve Gold analyzes six provisions that disability advocates can take advantage of to
increase home and community-based services and to reduce unnecessary institutional services.
EQUITY Responds: WID Answers Your Questions
What is “Money Follows the Person”?
LEARNING & NETWORKING RESOURCES:
Informative websites of interest to both communities
CONFERENCES & EVENTS:
World Institute on Disability (WID) is a non-profit public policy center dedicated to the
promotion of independence and full inclusion in society of people with disabilities.
WID's Access to Assets (ATA) program provides training and technical assistance to asset
building and disability organizations seeking to improve the inclusion of people with
disabilities in poverty reduction programs. In addition, ATA provides information and
referral services to individuals with disabilities and conducts federal and state policy
analysis on related issues.
NEW! Toll-Free Technical Assistance Hotline: 1-866-723-1201
Do you have questions about asset building strategies or serving people with disabilities?
World Institute on Disability
Access to Assets Project Coordinator
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