ABLE United Webinar


ABLE United is excited to invite you to the next monthly webinar covering the ABLE United account basics being hosted on Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.


Saving for the future is a way of life for some; but for individuals with disabilities, fear of losing benefits has prevented many from building financial security.

ABLE United offers a new way for individuals with disabilities to save for a better life experience.

ABLE United allows for the creation of savings and investment accounts for Floridians with disabilities without negatively impacting government benefits like Supplemental Security Income or Medicaid.

ABLE account holders can build assets and use funds tax-free on a variety of qualified disability expenses such as housing, education and assistive technology.

This webinar seeks to educate individuals, families and advocates on the newest financial option for Floridians with disabilities, including how ABLE United accounts can be used and the benefit they provide to the disability community.

Please feel free to share with your colleagues and members – this webinar is open to any individual interested in learning more about ABLE United.


ACC Distinguished Lecturer

“Forging a New Future for People with Disabilities through Technology and Inclusion”

Dr. Rory Alan Cooper Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology and Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Medicine and Rehab, and Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Dr. Cooper has authored or co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed journal publications and two books, including the award-winning “Care of the Combat Amputee.” He is an avid wheelchair athlete and past world/national record holder at various distances in wheelchair racing. A U.S. Army veteran with a spinal cord injury, Dr. Cooper is the director of the Paralyzed Veterans of America Research Foundation. In 2009, Dr. Cooper was featured on a Cheerios cereal box for this achievements and, a year later, was pictured with one of his robots in Popular Science for his robotics work aiding older adults and people with disabilities.

Wednesday, February 1 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. College of Medicine Auditorium (MSA) 1115 W Call St., Tallahassee, FL Continental breakfast beginning at 9:00, with lecture to follow. This event is free of charge and open to the public.


Students have mixed reactions to temporary disabilities accommodations

Last winter, Engineering sophomore Sam Greeley developed a severe case of Achilles tendinitis, an ankle injury confining her to crutches for weeks, adding unexpected challenges to her daily life.

After receiving attention from the University of Michigan Hospital, Greeley was not informed of the accommodations available to her from Services for Students with Disabilities. It was not until two days after her hospital visit that she learned about the services available to students with temporary conditions.

“I wasn’t given any contact information for a ride or a cab (from the hospital),” Greeley said. “While you are mostly mobile on crutches, travelling just down the hallway, especially in the beginning, was very tiresome.”

In 2015-2016, 108 students were registered with temporary disabilities, according to the SSD Annual Report. When students injure themselves, they face an unanticipated number of challenges when confined to crutches, wheelchairs and others walking aids. All services are free to students.


What Is The White House Trying To Tell People With Disabilities?

The nation’s last Republican President, George W. Bush, stated in his first month in office about people with disabilities, “Wherever any barrier stands between you and the full rights and dignity of citizenship, we must work to remove it, in the name of simple decency and simple justice.”

He was referring to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law by his father President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990, prohibiting discrimination and guaranteeing that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life. His comment was also a nod to former President Bill Clinton’s expansion of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that applied the same high academic standards for all children, including those with disabilities, as well as the bipartisan Work Incentives Improvement Act that allows people with disabilities to maintain their Medicare or Medicaid coverage when they go to work.

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Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Employment Collaboration for 3/16 Event

Pasco-Hernando State College Career and Testing Services will host an Increase Your Bottom Line by Hiring Individuals with Disabilities Lunch and Learn event for local employers on Thursday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in R151.

Employers will participate in a panel discussion and learn the benefits of hiring an individual with a disability. Tax benefits, increased employee retention and company profitability are a few of the topics on the agenda. Panel participants include:  PHSC’s office of disabilities services; CareerSource Pasco Hernando; The Arc Nature Coast; Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind; Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc; and Connections, a job development program.

An “Open to All” job fair is scheduled to follow the lunch and learn event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., also in R151 where attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from for-profit, government, and...