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New Orleans, Louisiana
 
 

Contact Information

If you, your business, or organization are interested in becoming a part of the Disability Initiative Workgroup, please contact Judy Stengel of the National Disability Institute at [email protected].

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

Disability Initiative Workgroup

 

The focus is on ensuring the initiave captures returns prepared for persons with disabilities. The sites are using the new Taxwise function for identifying persons with disabilities. The Mayor's Office for Citizen's wirh Disabilities continue to do outreach and network with local organizations that address the needs of the disability community. Publication 3966, Living and Working with Disabilities is shared with clients, disability professionals, and the disability community. Publication 3966 is promoted during Disability Awarenass Month. Catholic Charities and Volunteers of America, local partners have hosted an "in-house" tax preparation day. Over 25,000 flyers were distributed. A local radio station for the blind has partnered with the IRS to provide local broadcast on tax issues relative to persons with disabilities. We provide outreach materials to the disability community about United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area IDA Project that gives eligible households the opportunity to purchase one of three assets; homeownership, a child care business, or a vehicle.

We plan to expand our coalition by inviting more disability professionals to become a part of our asset building coalition. The Site Coordinators and volunteers have been trained to provide information to the taxpayers, including persons with disabilities about appropriate uses for tax refunds and a list of available resourses. Additionally we plan to include in our marketing materials the sites that are accessible for persons with disabilities, and their days and hours of operation.