As CNN reports, H.R. 647, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act), will give millions of Americans with disabilities the opportunity to build a stronger, more independent future. The ABLE Act, introduced by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and passed by the House in December, allows Americans with disabilities to put away money in a tax-free savings account for education, medical expenses, retirement savings, and job training. The bill will create new opportunities for the disabled and give them the security of knowing they can plan and save for their future.
“As parents of special needs kids, we want to provide for our children as long as possible. The ABLE Act goes a long way into making this a reality.” – Bryan Osterday, father, Cincinnati, OH
“I’ve got a dynamic Down Syndrome son. We don’t know what the future holds, but I’m not going to sit back and allow anything – especially any law – to prevent our children from fulfilling their potential. Every one of these accounts will be a new ladder of opportunity. And a new source of the one thing every parent loves: peace of mind.” – House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-TX)
“[The ABLE Act] puts a stake in the ground so people can live independently, work, go to college. It’s time to move into the 21st century and allow individuals with disabilities to be self-determined, and not let these laws hold them back.” – Sara Wolff, woman with Down Syndrome and ABLE Act advocate
“As the mom of a seven-year old son with Down syndrome, today my heart is full – because I know firsthand how federal policies can limit the opportunities for those with disabilities. The ABLE Act will change that.” – House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)
“People with disabilities deserve true independence and the ability to maintain a decent lifestyle. The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act would help many attain fuller, more independent lives.” – Editorial, Lohud Journal News