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Congress should pass the ABLE Act and help disabled help themselves

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.

I feel strongly that individuals with disabilities deserve the right to save for their futures just like every other American, and the ABLE Act does just that.

The ABLE Act could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals like education, employment training, housing, health care and transportation.

It would also help individuals like my son be able to be independent and not have to be dependent on public benefits for everything.

In West Virginia, I want to thank Reps. Shelley Moore Capito, Nick Rahall, and David McKinley for co-sponsoring this very important legislation.

It is the right thing to do for all people with disabilities and their families in West Virginia.

I ask Sens. Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller to cosponsor the ABLE Act.

Stefanie Caldwell

Poca


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