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The ABLE Act of 2011 has been introduced – Opportunities to learn about it and take action

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2011 was introduced on Tuesday as S. 1872 in the Senate and H.R. 3423 in the House.

The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for their child’s future just like every other American family, and help people with disabilities live full, productive lives in their communities without losing benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources. The account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation.

Below is information on how you can TAKE ACTION to help ensure your senator/representative is on board.

Additionally, be sure to register for the NDSS Webinar that will discuss everything you need to know about the ABLE Act.

Presenters include:

  • John Ariale, Chief of Staff, Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida)
  • Jennifer Debes, Legislative Assistant, Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-Florida)
  • Steve Beck, Parent; Board Member, National Down Syndrome Society; Board Member, Down Syndrome Association of Northern Virginia
  • Madeleine Will, Director, National Down Syndrome Society
  • Sara Weir, Senior Policy Advisory,  National Down Syndrome Society
  • Lasty, watch the video from Lauren Potter (Glee star with Down syndrome) to hear what the ABLE Act means to her.


    NDSS Webinar regarding the ABLE Act

    Lauren Potter talks about the ABLE Act

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