During the week of November 18th, the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) will team up with Michigan Down Syndrome Advocates to urge Senator Carl Levin to join his fellow Michigan Senator and Representatives as a cosponsor of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/HR. 647).This important legislation would utilize the 529 college education saving account program to establish a savings tool for individuals with disabilities.
The bill currently has 301 cosponsors in the House and 49 cosponsors in the Senate. This bipartisan, bicameral legislation is being led by Reps. Van Hollen, Crenshaw, Sessions, and McMorris Rodgers and Sens. Casey and Burr.
The ABLE Act will utilize the 529 college education saving account program, and give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for the future just like every other American family. The ABLE Act will 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.
How to Advocate:
1) Issue an ABLE Act action alert to your grassroots
2) Utilize Social Media to advocate for the ABLE Act
For more information or questions, feel free to contact NDSS Manager, Grassroots and Development Programming Ginny Sessions at 202.465.3221.
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