As the unfair stigma that so often followed people with disabilities begins to slowly fade, companies are recognizing that not only is this a new clientele, but that they have an opportunity to provide access to services that will allow individuals with disabilities to be much more involved in their own day-to-day responsibilities.
Voya Financial, the banking and investment firm that was once AIG, has begun focusing on these individuals by encouraging them to apply for other services such as SSI and SSDI based on their answers to certain questions.
In addition, Voya will provide access to databases that have information on myriad governmental programs and their standards for qualification.
“Changes like these are incredibly important,” said Lawrence Disparti, a Florida Disability Attorney with the Disparti Law Group. “Individuals that become disabled later in life or are born with a disability deserve every opportunity to live fulfilling, independent lives. Providing them with financial services geared to their needs, just like every other financial service, ensures the opportunity to do just that.”
One of the most important changes has been the passage of the ABLE Act. ABLE, which stands for “Achieving a Better Life Experience” is a change in the law as it relates to the ability of individuals with disabilities who receive needs-tested government assistance to accumulate assets.
The ABLE Act allows individuals to establish qualifying accounts that can accumulate balances more than many of the means-tested program limits with disqualifying these individuals for the services they need to continue living independently.
ABLE accounts have limits in terms of total accumulation amounts — an individual’s account cannot exceed $100,000.00. However, when combined with additional estate planning, such as Special Needs Trusts, individuals with disabilities can live independently and possibly in a self-supporting manner.
“The ability to accumulate assets and have regular access to those assets enables these individuals to live independently and achieve life goals,” said Disparti. “Giving them access to regular investment services and guidance will ensure that the assets that do accumulate grow and are available for the long-term.”
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You are cordially invited to the Washington Opera Society’s exclusive Christmas/Hannukah Party!
We are pleased to welcome our great opera stars to the company!
Juliette Di Bello, Manuela Tomasz Korossy, Kristin Sampson from the NY City Opera Company, and Kevin Short of the Metropolitan Opera.
Don’t miss this unique holiday concert of seasonal favorites and hit arias from the operatic repertoire sung by our cast of stellar singers. Maestro Benichou will bring his infectious energy as he leads the WOS Festival Ensemble in an evening sure to remember. Glad tidings!
You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
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