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AARP – Tax Aide
American Council of the Blind
American Legion
Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
DeafTax.com
Department of Veteran Affairs
Disability Funders Network
Easter Seals
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Goodwill Industries International
Internal Revenue Service, Small Business and Self-Employed (SB/SE)
Internal Revenue Service, Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC)
National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities
National Association of the Deaf
National Community Tax Coalition (NCTC)
National Council on Independent Living
National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
National Industries for the Blind
Office of Financial Education United States Department of the Treasury
Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Department of Education
Office on Disability, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
One Economy
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Shared Horizons, Pooled Trust for Persons with Disabilities Washington, DC
Social Security Administration, Office of Employment Support Programs
Taxpayer Advocate Service, IRS
The Arc of the United States
United Spinal Association – Vets First
Veterans Employment & Training Service, United States Department of Labor
World Institute on Disability

 

 AARP Tax-Aide was established to help older persons complete their tax returns. Trained AARP Tax-Aide volunteers help persons with low- and middle-income maximize their legal deductions and credits, resulting in tangible economic benefits to them. AARP Tax-Aide is administered through the AARP Foundation in cooperation with the IRS.

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The American Council of the Blind is a leading membership organization of blind and visually impaired people. The Council strives to improve the well-being of all blind and visually impaired people by: serving as a representative national organization of blind people; elevating the social, economic and cultural levels of blind people; improving educational and rehabilitation facilities and opportunities; cooperating with the public and private institutions and organizations concerned with blind services; encouraging and assisting all blind persons to develop their abilities and conducting a public education program to promote greater understanding of blindness and the capabilities of blind people.

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The American Legion exists for veterans and their families. They honor and support all veterans who have served our country. Within this section pertinent information is focused on veterans’ assistance along with a family support network are covered. Additionally, a wealth of information is provided on the Heroes To Hometown initiative and other highlighted Veterans Administration announcements and bulletins.

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The Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) , located at Syracuse University, works to advance civic, economic, and social participation of persons with disabilities in a global society by creating a collaborative environment—with entrepreneurial innovation and best business practices—to foster public-private dialogue, and create the capacity to transform policy, systems, and people through inclusive education, the workforce, and communities.

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DeafTax.com provides tax preparation and planning services for the U.S. deaf community. Through the use of modern e-business practices and technology, we serve clients across the country. DeafTax.com is a subsidiary of Schwarz Financial Services LLC, a deaf-owned, registered investment advisory firm in Bethesda, MD.

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United States Department of Veterans Affairs - The goal is to provide excellence in patient care, veterans' benefits and customer satisfaction. The department has been reformed internally and is striving for high quality, prompt and seamless service to veterans. The department's employees continue to offer their dedication and commitment to help veterans get the services they have earned. Our nation's veterans deserve no less.

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Disability Funders Network The Social Justice Movement of the 21st Century... Building a Bridge Between Disability and Community Philanthropy. Disability Funders Network (DFN) is a national membership and philanthropic advocacy organization that seeks equality and rights for disabled individuals and communities by bridging philanthropic resources, disability and community. DFN envisions an empowered and functioning democracy with full equality under the law, equal access to services, unconditional respect for difference and the meaningful participation of all communities at tables where decisions are made.

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Easter Seals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, learn, work and play in our communities. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easter Seals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life's challenges and achieve personal goals.

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United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. The mission of the ETA is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.

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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) maintains the stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions, and managing receiverships. The FDIC is a leader in developing and implementing sound public policies, identifying and addressing new and existing risks in the nation’s financial system, and effectively and efficiently carrying out its insurance, supervisory, and receivership management responsibilities. The FDIC created Money Smart, a training program to help adults outside the financial mainstream enhance their money skills and create positive banking relationships.

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The Department of the Treasury, a leader in promoting financial education, established the Office of Financial Education in May of 2002. The Office works to promote access to the financial education tools that can help all Americans make wiser choices in all areas of personal financial management, with a special emphasis on saving, credit management, home ownership and retirement planning. The Office also coordinates the efforts of the Financial Literacy and Education Commission, a group chaired by the Secretary of Treasury and composed of representatives from 20 federal departments, agencies and commissions, which works to improve financial literacy and education for people throughout the United States. The one stop shop for the Federal Government’s financial education resources is Mymoney.gov.

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Goodwill Industries is North America’s leading nonprofit provider of education, training, and career services for people with disadvantages, such as welfare dependency, homelessness, and lack of education or work experience, as well as those with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Goodwill believes that work has the power to transform lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships.

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The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) is a national membership with the purpose of promoting and enhancing the outcomes of member councils in developing and sustaining inclusive communities and self directed services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities.

DD Councils are encouraged to promote the involvement of their members and staff, especially persons with developmental disabilities and their families. NACDD promotes, encourages, and supports persons with developmental disabilities and their family members in leadership positions within the organization.

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The National Council on Independent Living (NICL) is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. As a membership organization, NCIL advances independent living and the rights of people with disabilities through consumer-driven advocacy.

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The mission of the Federation of Community Development Credit Unions is to strengthen the credit unions that serve low-income, urban and rural communities -- known as "community development credit unions," or CDCUs. They carry out their mission by advocating for and providing financial, technical, and human resources to CDCUs.

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The Internal Revenue Service Small Business and Self-Employed (SB/SE) Division was formed to address the specific needs of small businesses and self-employed individuals. Within SB/SE, the Stakeholder Liaison office has been instrumental in designing, developing, and delivering educational products and services focused on small business taxpayers' needs. Furthermore, you will find that the IRS Web site covers topics from all areas of IRS.

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Internal Revenue Service- Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication (SPEC) Disability Initiative educates working taxpayers with disabilities on available tax credits, deductions, and free tax help. It also increases their understanding of and access to community-based asset-building and financial literacy resources to help improve their economic well-being.

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The mission of the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is to preserve, protect, and promote the civil, human, and linguistic rights of deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America. The advocacy scope of the NAD is broad, covering the breadth of a lifetime and impacting future generations in the areas of early intervention, education, employment, health care, technology, telecommunications, youth leadership, and more.

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The National Community Tax Coalition seeks to improve the economic well being of low- and moderate-income individuals, families, and communities by building a movement to dramatically increase access to tax credits and benefits and asset-building opportunities.
Building on Coalition affiliates' service delivery and public policy expertise, the Coalition serves as a unified voice on tax policies and practices impacting its constituents.

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National Industries for the Blind (NIB) - NIB's mission is to enhance the opportunities for economic and personal independence of persons who are blind, primarily through creating, sustaining and improving employment. NIB and its associated agencies serve as the largest program responsible for the employment of people who are blind through the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Act.

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The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) is committed to improving results and outcomes for people with disabilities of all ages. In supporting President Bush's No Child Left Behind agenda and the New Freedom Initiative, OSERS provides a wide array of supports to parents and individuals, school districts and states in three main areas: special education, vocational rehabilitation and research.

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The Health and Human Services Office on Disability oversees the implementation and coordination of disability programs, policies and special initiatives pertaining to the over 54 million persons with disabilities in the United States. The Office on Disability focuses its efforts on the seven domains established by the New Freedom Initiative: community integration, education, employment, health, housing, technology, and transportation.

 

One Economy is a global non-profit organization that leverages the power of technology and connects underserved communities around the world to vital information that will improve their lives. We help bring broadband into the homes of low-income people, employ youth to train their community members to use technology effectively, and provide public-purpose media properties that offer a wealth of information on education, jobs, health care and other vital issues. One Economy theBeehive.org and MyFreeTaxes.com are committed to online and on-the-ground free tax filing and preparation for low- and moderate- income individuals.

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The Paralyzed Veterans of America , a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with SCI/D as a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, veterans’ benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.
PVA is the only Congressionally chartered veterans organization dedicated solely to serving the needs of SCI/SCD veterans.

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Shared Horizons is a nonprofit organization created by the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, Inc., in conjunction with University Legal Services and the District of Columbia Government. Shared Horizons’ goal is to improve the quality of life for people in the District of Columbia and Maryland with disabilities through the Wesley Vinner Memorial Trust, a pooled special needs trust.
The purpose of Shared Horizons is to provide Special Needs Trust Services to individuals with disabilities without jeopardizing their eligibility for government benefits, such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income.

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The Social Security Administration's Office of Employment Support Program serves to advance the economic security of the nation’s people through compassionate and vigilant leadership in shaping and managing America's Social Security programs such as SSI and SSDI.

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The Taxpayer Advocate Service is an independent organization within the IRS whose employees assist taxpayers who are experiencing economic harm, who are seeking help in resolving tax problems that have not been resolved through normal channels, or who believe that an IRS system or procedure is not working as it should. The goals of the Taxpayer Advocate Service are to protect individual and business taxpayer rights and to reduce taxpayer burden.

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The Arc is the world’s largest community based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. It provides an array of services and support for families and individuals and includes over 140,000 members affiliated through more than 780 state and local chapters across the nation. The Arc is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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United Spinal’s VetsFirst program directly serves the needs of the veteran community. United Spinal’s VetsFirst assists veterans in obtaining the benefits and services they need. Through the VetsFirst program, a large network of National Service Officers provides free assistance and representation in claims for benefits and services before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other federal and state agencies, as well as legal representation before the U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

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U. S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment & Training Service (VETS) - The vision statement for VETS is veterans succeeding in the 21st century workforce. The mission statement for VETS is to provide veterans and service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans.

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The World Institute on Disability is an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities. It works to strengthen the disability movement through research, training, advocacy and public education to help people with disabilities throughout the world enjoy increased opportunities to live independently.

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EQUITY , a monthly e-newsletter published by WID, provides the connection between the disability and asset building communities. EQUITY features articles that educate the disability community on asset building opportunities and advises the asset building community on how to better serve participants with disabilities.

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