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Manchester, New Hampshire
 
 


Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Tobey Partch-Davies, Director, Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire, at [email protected]

Please visit our webpage at www.snhu.edu/ccedd for more information.

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

 
Disability Initiative Workgroup

We work with a variety of asset building coalitions (ABCs), VITA sites and AARP around the state of New Hampshire, to encourage outreach to those with disabilities. Activities to this purpose in 2009 have included: Statewide dissemination of the IRS pamphlets Living and Working with Disabilities and Lifes a Little Easier with EITC to 80 organizations serving people with disabilities (over 40,000 pamphlets distributed in 2009).

We disseminate a consumer education bulletin BudgetWise for persons with disabilities and the organizations that support them, including feature articles about free tax filing sites in New Hampshire. We work with various VITA sites around New Hampshire to provide specific tax assistance to filers with disabilities, including partnership with Northeast Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services who provided sign-language interpreters at the SNHU VITA site in Manchester. We have partnered with the Berlin/Gorham ABC, the Manchester Tax Preparation Coalition (currently in a rebuilding stage and committed to bringing local VITA sites and AARP together for coordinated outreach and marketing to the community), the United Way of Greater Nashua ABC, the Money Matters Coalition in Peterborough, the Franklin Asset Building Coalition, and the Portsmouth CA$H Coalition, to encourage more outreach to persons with disabilities. Nashua partnered with Harbor Homes which is an organization that serves the homeless, veterans and people with mental illness. Several members of their peer support center were trained as certified tax preparers and provided many volunteer hours to Nashua.

In the 2009 filing season, 22% of taxpayers served at New Hampshire VITA sites reported that someone in their household has a disability. Data showed that taxpayers with disabilities in New Hampshire are twice as likely to be unbanked as their nondisabled counterparts In our latest research study, we will be providing money coaching to VR clients in the Portsmouth and Manchester areas, and referring those who worked in 2009 to VITA or TCE sites. We sponsored technical assistance and training with Consumer Credit Counseling of New Hampshire/Vermont for CASH Coalition in Portsmouth. Project staff and IDA enrollee provided technical assistance to Rhode Island Developmental Disability Council at their asset building conference.

We participated in a press conference in January about the EITC in which our congressional delegation was represented, including a speech about the importance of EITC to people with disabilities In partnership with the Architectural Barriers Committee of the NH Governors Commission on Disability, through online training advised VITA sites about accessibility issues, as well as other customer service topics such as effective communication with persons with disabilities. There were 7 participants in our IDA program, which was offered to people with disabilities, and encouraged other IDA providers to outreach to persons with disabilities Developed statewide and county level community resource maps on asset building resources.