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National Disability Institute And Acorda Therapeutics Launch Free Webinars On Financial Wellness For People With Multiple Sclerosis

National Disability Institute (NDI) and Acorda Therapeutics announced they will launch a free six-part webinar series on financial, tax and investment topics for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS), their families and care teams. The National Disability Institute’s Financial Wellness Series sponsored by Acorda Therapeutics will begin this September and be led by top experts in tax, money management, benefits, employment, Social Security and other areas of personal finance. Due to the program’s success last year, Acorda and NDI worked together to provide resources on a greater number of topics than last year’s four webinars.

In 2011, NDI completed an online survey of 3,000 people living with MS. Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that their financial positions declined after their MS diagnosis, while nearly 74 percent reported that they did not use financial planning programs or strategies to manage or stabilize their finances.

“Our survey showed that whether people had an MS diagnosis early or later in life, there is a critical lack of information to help people with MS understand how to manage their money, plan for their financial futures, access favorable tax provisions, effectively utilize public benefits and keep working,” said Michael Morris, National Disability Institute’s Executive Director. “But there are many easy-to-use financial strategies and programs that can help people with MS achieve these goals, and the experts who lead each webinar will show them how to take steps toward greater economic independence and self-sufficiency.”

The webinar series will include six free online programs, each beginning at 3pm ET and lasting 90 minutes:
  • September 5, 2012 - Being Money Smart
  • September 26, 2012 - Prolonging Work - Supports To Keep You On The Job
  • October 17, 2012 - Social Security Disability Insurance – The Impact of Work on Benefits
  • November 7, 2012 - Supplemental Security Income – The Impact of Work on Benefits
  • November 28, 2012 - Favorable Tax Provisions for Individuals with Disabilities
  • December 19, 2012 - Saving and Investing – For Workers and For Individuals on Public Benefits

Programs include presentations and an opportunity for participants to ask questions. In 2011, when National Disability Institute and Acorda sponsored the first series of webinars on financial topics for people living with MS, more than 1,200 participants registered. Due to the strong demand, NDI and Acorda have expanded the program to cover more topics of interest in 2012.

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