(Washington, DC - March 11, 2008) Autism Speaks co-founders, Bob and Suzanne Wright, and participants in the organization's Hill Day 2008 joined Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) for the introduction of the Disability Savings Act (DSA) of 2008. The DSA is designed to encourage individuals with autism (and other disabilities) and their families to save for disability-related expenses. It is meant to supplement, rather than replace benefits provided by other sources (including Medicaid and private insurance).
“Senator Dodd was an original co-sponsor of the Combating Autism Act and has long been a champion for individuals with disabilities and their families,” said Bob Wright. “We commend him for launching the legislative process to create these vitally important savings accounts, which will reduce an unreasonable financial burden for millions of families and end discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal tax code. Parents can save, tax-free, to send their child to Harvard. They should be able to save in the same way to help every child meet his or her full potential.”
“This important legislation is designed to help individuals with disabilities live full and productive lives for all their years,” said Senator Dodd. “It provides families with an important tool to save the money they need for their unique needs and provide for their children long after they are gone.”