The Autism Society of America is participating in #ABLEtoSave, a month-long grassroots education and informational campaign about Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts. The campaign is managed by the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC). The Autism Society is an original member of the ANRC. The primary goals of #ABLEtoSave are to increase awareness about ABLE accounts and to accelerate the amount of ABLE accounts opened across the country in the short- and long-term.
ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts that have the potential to significantly increase the independence and quality of life of individuals with disabilities without jeopardizing much-needed benefits such as Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Since the passage of the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act in December 2014, 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, have passed ABLE legislation. As of July 2017, 23 states have launched ABLE programs (most of which are nationwide programs).
Throughout the month of August, ANRC will feature a key component of the ABLE program. Each of the five weeks in August will focus on a different theme:
- Week 1 (July 30 – August 5): Basic Overview of ABLE
- Week 2 (August 6-12): Eligibility
- Week 3 (August 13 – 19): Qualified Disability Expenses
- Week 4 (August 20 – 26): Financial Literacy
- Week 5 (August 27 – September 2): Enrollment
For more information about the ABLE Act and ABLE accounts, visit www.ablenrc.org.