WEST PALM BEACH, FL -- Meeting with parents of children with autism at the Autism Speaks office here, U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (FL-22) and Ted Deutch (FL-21) spoke of the benefits that could come with final Congressional approval of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act. Their Florida colleague, Rep. Ander Crenshaw (FL-4), is the original sponsor of the bill which passed the House 404-17 last week.
Awaiting final approval in the Senate after eight years before Congress, the bipartisan bill has been called the most significant disabilities legislation since the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
"Families caring for a child with a disability worry about their child's long term security,” said Frankel. “The ABLE Act allows parents to provide a cushion of support for their beloved son or daughter as they enter into adulthood."
Deutch said, “Parents of children with autism, Down syndrome, and other types of disabilities face unique financial challenges when it comes to planning for their long-term care expenses,” said Deutch. "The ABLE Act is a commonsense solution that will help improve the financial security of millions of families by allowing them to save money in tax-free accounts and better plan for their disabled children’s needs.”
Frankel and Deutch cosponsored the ABLE Act which would allow individuals with disabilities, or their families to save tax-free for their longterm disability expenses.