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Asset Accumulation and Economic Self-Sufficiency Research

NDI is a part of a Consortium that includes leading researchers and practitioners to create new knowledge on best practices to advance financial stability and independence for individuals with disabilities and their families. The three-year research project funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) brings together with NDI the expertise of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, the University of New Hampshire Center on Excellence, the Federation for Community Development Credit Unions, and the World Institute on Disability.

The primary research project will be to follow the impact of multiple interventions on working age adults with disabilities in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Such interventions include:

  • financial education
  • access to and use of the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • assistance with benefits planning
  • opportunities available through matched savings plans as part of Individual Development Accounts

A second research project is to continue to understand more about the financial status and behaviors of taxpayers with disabilities. This research will build on prior research activities of NDI funded by the Ford Foundation and the Wage and Investment Division of the IRS.

Educating Democracy (1.3mb, PDF)

Characteristics of Disabiled Taxpayers Ages 18 to 59 (1.2mb, PDF)

New knowledge created from these research activities will help multiple audiences in the asset development and disability communities reach and support people with disabilities to move out of poverty and into the economic mainstream.

NDI’s research team is led by Dr. Johnette Hartnett, Steven Mendelsohn and Michael Morris.

For more information please contact:

Johnette Hartnett – [email protected]