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Autism Speaks' Leslie Long and Stuart Spielman Featured on NYMetroParents

March 21, 2014

(March 21, 2014) - Today's NYMetroParents online featured an article by Autism Speaks Director of Adult Services Leslie Long and Senior Policy Advisor and Counsel Stuart Spielman on the future of alternative housing for adults with autism. The article is excerpted below:

Could 2014 be Year of ABLE Act? Bill Reaches 60 Cosponsors in Senate

Sen. Bob Casey: “Now that this bill has 60 cosponsors, I’m urging the Senate to take action on it in the new year"
December 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 19, 2013) – Today, support continued to grow for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act – S. 313/H.R. 647), introduced by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), bringing the total number of co-sponsors in the Senate to 60 members.  Introduced in the 113th Congress in February, this bill would provide an improved quality of life for individuals with disabilities through tax-free savings accounts. 

LA Legislature Urges Congress to Pass ABLE

April 26, 2013

BATON ROUGE (April 26, 2013) -- The Louisiana Legislature has adopted a concurrent resolution calling on Congress to pass the Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act  to help individuals with disabilities, including those on the autism spectrum, to save for their future needs. Sponsored by Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), the bipartisan measure has now attracted 140 sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives and 30 in the Senate.

Crenshaw, Casey Stage Capitol Hill Rally for ABLE

March 14, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (March 14, 2013) – Representative Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), Senator Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA), fellow Members of Congress and disability advocates, including Autism Speaks, joined at a Capitol Hill rally today to urge fast action in Congress on the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) which would create tax-free savings accounts for people with disabilities.

ABLE Act Reintroduced in New Congress

February 13, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC (February, 13, 2013) -- Bipartisan legislation that would enable families to create tax-free savings accounts, similar to college savings accounts, for their child with disabilities was reintroduced in both houses of Congress today. The new accounts would not jeopardize eligibility for Medicaid, Social Security, private insurance and other benefits.

Advocates, Lawmakers Urge Lame Duck Congress to Pass ABLE

November 15, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (November 15, 2012) – The nation's leading disability organizations, including Autism Speaks, joined today with Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Sen. Robert Casey (D-PA) at a Capitol Hill event to urge the lame duck Congress to approve the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act which would create tax-free savings accounts for the disabled.