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Madison, Wisconsin
Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact John Hoffmire of Progress through Business, Non-Profit at [email protected].

If you are already a member of the Disability Initiative Workgroup and have questions regarding the IRS participation, then please contact Tax consultant Sheila Siegel at [email protected].

Disability Initiative Workgroup

Progress Through Business has reached out to two support groups for area residents with Multiple Sclerosis, a non-profit organization for people with all kinds of disabilities and all ages called, Access to Independence, and the disabled veterans at VA hospital.  We plan to form an Advisory Committee in June 2010 that has a higher percentage of the membership with disabilities than without, to steer us in a direction to serve even more residents with disabilities in the future.
As outreach to the two support groups for people with Multiple Sclerosis, we spoke to a leader of the Madison Circle of Hope and a leader of the Stoughton Circle of Hope.  We then made a presentation at a Christmas party in which members from both groups were invited, and we signed up clients for our free tax preparation program that is currently underway; we also obtained ideas for outreach and names of people who want to serve on our Advisory Committee.
Access to Independence provides services to help people with disabilities in Dane County live independently.  We wrote a grant to deliver a strong financial stability program for clients of Access and their caretakers.  It includes free tax preparation with public service benefits to100 clients on-site at Access, free one-on-one coaching for 20 clients (individual coaching for five, one-hour sessions over five weeks), and free completion of financial aid forms (FAFSA) for 20 clients.  We calculate a cumulative total benefit of our program to these 140 clients as $101,000.  We continue to serve employees and patients of the VA Hospital.
Our clients with disabilities are being served this year, like last year, along with our regular clients. Their free tax preparation appointments, located at UW Credit Union at 3500 University Ave. in Madison, are held on Tuesday afternoons and all day Saturdays starting Feb. 1, 2010 and ending April 15, 2010.  We have a person on standby whose sole responsibility is to care for the needs of our clients with disabilities. This frees up tax preparers and helps to ensure that the tax preparation process for this group will be slowed only minimally, if at all.  So far we have completed more than 250 tax forms for free in Madison.  We expect this to climb to 300 by April 15, 2010.