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September 22, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 22, 2014) -- The Senate Finance Committee announced that it has reached a bipartisan agreement to move the ABLE Act allowing the creation of tax-exempt savings accounts for people with disabilities. Congress is expected to take up the bill after it returns from the November mid-term elections.

September 18, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (September 18, 2014) -- As unemployment and poverty decline across the nation, both indicators for Americans with disabilities are now double the national average and poverty is on the rise, a Senate committee reported today. The release of the U.S. Census Bureau statistics prompted renewed calls on Congress to pass the ABLE Act to dramatically increase the private resources available for adults with disabilities to pay for their housing, medical, transportation and other needs.

August 05, 2014

NEW YORK (August 5, 2014) -- Surrounded by supporters from Autism Speaks and other national disabilities organizations, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) today urged Congress to move quickly on the ABLE Act which would allow tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.

August 02, 2014

The National Capital Area chapter of Autism Speaks was proud to host a dynamic group of Alpha Xi Deltas for the second annual Summer Immersion Experience the week of July 28th. Young women from colleges across the country came to Washington DC and spent Monday through Friday learning all things related to autism as well as the importance of the four pillars of Autism Speaks.

July 31, 2014

BOSTON (July 31, 2014) -- The Massachusetts Legislature has sent Gov. Deval Patrick an omnibus autism bill that would expand Medicaid coverage up to age 21 and create tax-free savings for people with disabilities.  Massachusetts would expand benefits under its 2010 autism insurance reform law to the state's Medicaid program, under a bill before the Legislature.

July 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 31, 2014) -- The House Ways and Means Committee today approved the ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities without jeopardizing their eligibility for Medicaid or Social Security benefits.

July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2014) -- The ABLE Act, which would allow tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities, was warmly received today by a U.S. Senate committee which heard testimony from supportive witnesses, including Bob D'Amelio, a North Carolina advocate who spoke on behalf of Autism Speaks.

March 28, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 28, 2014) --Responding to yesterday's release of the new 1 in 68 autism prevalence estimate, Congressional leaders said the ABLE Act must be part of a national plan to address the public health crisis of autism. Four more House members signed on as cosponsors to the bill, raising the total to 351, while Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) became the 70th Senator to become a cosponsor.

March 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (March 25, 2014) -- The Senate's top two leaders--Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)--have signed on as cosponsors of the ABLE Act, a virtual green light for efforts in Congress to create tax-free savings accounts for Americans with disabilities.