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  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced a multitude of tax year 2018 annual inflation adjustments, including an increase to Section 2503, the federal gift tax exclusion. Section 529A(a)(2) of the Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (PL 113-225) specifically ties the annual contribution limit for ABLE accounts to section 2503(b) of the federal tax code, therefore any inflation adjustment to this section automatically adjusts the annual ABLE contribution limit. "Tying these sections together was done by design, so that periodic increases to the federal gift tax exclusion will automatically result in a greater annual contribution limit to ABLE accounts" says Michael Morris of National Disability Institute. Beginning in 2018, each ABLE account will be able to accept up to $15,000 in aggregate annual contributions. For more information about ABLE accounts, please visit the ABLE National Resource Center at www.ablenrc.org


  • The Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD) supports and facilitates a Quality Advisory Council (QAC) whereby members provide an avenue for valuable feedback and input along with recommendations to the Director of DD about the development and enhancement of DD systems and services. The QAC is made up primarily of self-advocates and family members of individuals who receive DD services. Members are also responsible for sharing information obtained at QAC meetings from the Division with their respective organizations for which they participate and represent. Therefore, a feedback loop is used to help in reciprocal communication. The QAC meets quarterly for one-day meetings in Jefferson City.


  • The Dementia Capable Care Team (DCC) is a St. Louis-based network of Missouri service providers and funders who are dedicated to bringing the most up-to-date education and training to providers who offer services for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and dementia.  This training is coming to St Louis on December 4th and 5th, 2017!  It is a great opportunity to learn about supporting our aging ID/DD community with dementia. This training is ideal for Direct Support Staff, Managers, Supervisors and staff trainers. There is a third day component for a Train the Trainer option. Please share this information with anyone in our community who may benefit from this training.


  • The purpose of conducting the 2016-2017 needs assessment was to determine the levels of current and future need for individuals with developmental disabilities who reside in St. Louis County. The study not only included individuals served with funds provided by Productive Living Board (PLB), but also those individuals served by Department of Mental Health (DMH) and those individuals served by the Special School District of St. Louis County (SSD). 


  • Adapted trikes provide kids with complex medical conditions all of the classic benefits of riding a bike.