Federal law prohibits individuals with disabilities from owning more than $2,000 in assets at any given time or they will lose certain benefits.
Retirement savings, homes, cars, and other basic items that everyone needs to live their everyday lives are effectively off limits.
This prevents individuals with disabilities from building independent lives and creates a model of perpetual dependence on federal assistance for a lifetime, which is unfair to all Americans.
There is a bill with wide bipartisan and bicameral support in Congress that would allow people with disabilities to save for their future for education, housing, transportation, and job training expenses, and create incentives to employment.
The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act has earned the support of over 50 percent of the House and 30 percent of the Senate.
This legislation will allow for more independent living for members of the disabled community and will not cost the taxpayers one cent.
I have a 12-year-old son with Down Syndrome. This bill is very important to me and my family.
I would know he could save for a better future, live independently, and further his education.
Individuals with disabilities have just as much right to save just like any individual.