This isn’t a handout from government or a new program, it’s a hand up and it eliminates inequities that exist in the system right now.Sara Wolff-Advocate, testimony at Senate hearing
A vote on the ABLE Act brings us another step closer to empowering people with disabilities to reach their full potential. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash.,
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, the Senate passed the bipartisan Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act! The bill is being referred to as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
People with disabilities have been penalized from saving or working because of outdated tax laws that prohibited them from having more than $2,000 is assets at any given time in order to remain on benefits. The ABLE Act allows people with disabilities to save money for their futures, while working and receiving benefits. As 31 year old Sara Wolff, a young woman with Down syndrome explained, “Just because I have Down syndrome, that shouldn’t hold me back from achieving my full potential in life. I can work a full-time job, be a productive member of society, and pay taxes…”
Thanks to the passage of the ABLE Act individuals with disabilities and their families can save for the future and break down barriers to employment. Read further accounts on bill’s passage at http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Agenda/Creating-an-Economic-Future-for-Individuals-with-Down-Syndrome/Achieving-a-Better-of-Life-Experience-ABLE-Act/ and http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/2014/1217/ABLE-Act-How-one-bill-offers-hope-on-Congress-s-biggest-problems