The National Advocate for People with Down Syndrome Since 1979

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Creating an Economic Future for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Featured ImagePeople with Down syndrome face several challenges that prevent them for gaining access to meaningful employment opportunities, economic and financial planning, and independent living. As people with Down syndrome are living longer, it’s important for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to have access to meaningful employment, financial freedom, and a living environment of their choosing.

  1. Transition to Independence Act (S. 1604)

    The Transition to Independence Act would improve opportunities for integrated employment for people with disabilities and reduce their relegation to subminimum wage work.

  2. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

    The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) of 2011 (S. 1872/H.R. 3423) was introduced on Nov. 15th in the 112th Congress (2011-2012 Congressional cycle). The bill is being led by a bipartisan,bicameral set of Congressional champions, including Senator Robert Casey, Jr., (D-PA), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), and Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

  3. ABLE State Bills

    The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act stipulates that an ABLE account may only be opened in the state in which the beneficiary resides, which means all 50 states or contracting states will need to implement ABLE.

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