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IRS says Tax Benefits available for those with Disabilities


Internal Revenue Service - IRSWashington, D.C. – Taxpayers with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities may qualify for a number of IRS tax credits and benefits.

Listed below are seven tax credits and other benefits which may be available if you or someone else listed on your federal tax return has a disability. «Read the rest of this article»

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Report Series examines public services for infants, children & youth with Autism in Tennessee


comptrollerNASHVILLE, Tenn. – The first in a series of reports examining public services for infants, children and youth with autism in Tennessee was released Thursday by the Comptroller of the Treasury’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability (OREA).

The report, “Autism in Tennessee: Part 1 – An Introduction to Issues and Data Collection Methods,” provides an overview of autism as a disability, a review of associated laws and includes autism data collection and prevalence estimates. Subsequent reports to be released in the series will review public education and health care services as they relate to autism in Tennessee.

According to the report, the number of children and youth receiving autism-related special education services in Tennessee more than tripled from approximately 1,293 to 4,019 between 2001 and 2007. However, it is not known whether those numbers have risen because of an increased prevalence of autism or because autism is being identified and diagnosed more frequently. «Read the rest of this article»

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April is Disability Awareness Month at APSU


Austin Peay State University LogoThe Office of Disability Services at Austin Peay State University wishes to remind the community that April is Disability Awareness Month.

The Wheelchair, Blind and Crutches (WBC) Challenge that was scheduled for April 15 has been rescheduled for 11 a.m., Thursday, April 29. This event is a competition where students without disabilities enter an obstacle course that demonstrates the strength and skill people with disabilities rely on every day.

Activities have been taking place at APSU in an effort to raise awareness of the difficulties and adversity faced by people living with disabilities. «Read the rest of this article»

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House GOP review


The Tennessee Republican Party LogoThe House GOP Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Republican state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house

House GOP leaders pleased with Supreme Court verdict upholding lethal injection

House GOP leaders said this week that they were pleased with the opinion issued by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Baze vs. Rees case that upheld the use of lethal injection as a means of execution. In a 7-2 ruling Wednesday, the Supreme Court held that Kentucky’s three-drug protocol did not amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

In September of 2007, U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger ruled that Tennessee’s method of lethal injection was unconstitutional. Soon after, Governor Phil Bredesen issued a moratorium pending the outcome of the death penalty case facing the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result, two executions were put in jeopardy of not being carried out. Pervis T. Payne was scheduled to be executed on December 12, 2007, for two counts of murder stemming from a brutal stabbing he committed in Shelby County. Mass-murderer Paul Dennis Reid gunned down seven victims execution style, killing more people than anyone else on Tennessee’s death row, and drawing seven death sentences. «Read the rest of this article»

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House Democrat review


bg.jpgThe House Democrat Review is a weekly feature that gives Tennesseans an in-depth look at what our Democratic state legislators have been working on this week, and a glimpse into what’s planned for the coming week at our state house. 

House Passes Property Tax Relief Increase for Disabled
Representatives also tackle predatory mortgage lenders & long-term care

NASHVILLE (April 17) – On Monday the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation to expand the availability of Tennessee property tax relief to more homeowners who are totally and permanently disabled.

“During these tough economic times many people are struggling just to keep food on the table, and have little to no money left over,” said Finance Chairman Craig Fitzhugh (D-Ripley). “By raising the maximum income requirement, more people will be able to take advantage of this tax relief opportunity and hopefully be able to utilize that money for more immediate needs.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Changes to Social Security Disability: Detrimental to people with disabilities?



For decades, Congress, the United States Supreme Court, and the Social Security Administration have recognized that the informality of SSA’s process is a critical aspect of the program. Creating unreasonable procedural barriers to eligibility is inconsistent with Congress’ intent to keep the process informal and non-adversarial, and with the intent of the program itself, which is to correctly determine eligibility for claimants, awarding benefits if a person meets the statutory requirements.

On October 29, 2007, the Social Security Administration (SSA) published proposed regulations that make significant changes to the SSA appeals process, including hearings before administrative law judges (ALJs). Comments must be submitted on or before December 28, 2007 to the Commissioner of Social Security, P.O. Box 17703, Baltimore MD 21203.
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