Championing the Economic Empowerment of People with Disabilities

Apr 27, 2015

For nearly a decade, Bank of America has supported the work of the National Disability Institute in order to change the thinking and financial behavior of people with disabilities as well as the general public. The results of innovative training, technical assistance and demonstration programs have yielded new choices and financial stability associated with work, saving and asset development.

The National Disability Institute helps people with disabilities establish financial wellness and empowerment through initiatives such as the Real Economic Impact Network (REIN), a national alliance of organizations and individuals dedicated to building inclusive communities that support the economic advancement of people with disabilities. As both a sponsor and collaborator, Bank of America has supported the National Disability Institute to identify new and impactful ways for Americans with disabilities to achieve economic security. Together we’ve helped more than two million taxpayers with disabilities receive $2.3 billion in tax refunds, and educated thousands more on strategies for economic empowerment.

The partnership recognized the importance of innovation and diversity among the disability community by supporting the national pilot of DeafTax VITA, which uses video-relay-service technology for deaf taxpayers to have their taxes completed in real time by a deaf tax preparer. Local communities across the country have also implemented their own local DeafTax VITA projects, which serve taxpayers who are deaf and/or hard of hearing.

“By continuing our support of organizations like National Disability Institute, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation helps individuals with disabilities make more informed financial decisions, preserve income and develop assets. The result is to build a better economic future for people with disabilities and their families,” said Kerry Sullivan, President of the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

“Bank of America continues to be a leader and innovator in shaping public perception around the full economic participation of people with disabilities in communities nationwide. The importance of integrating financial-capability strategies into human and social-service delivery systems has been at the forefront of our collaboration,” said Michael Morris, Executive Director of the National Disability Institute.

The National Disability Institute envisions a world where people with disabilities have the same opportunities to achieve financial stability and independence as those without disabilities. With partners like Bank of America, we’re working to make this a reality.

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