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ABLE - The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act

ThAchieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014 by President Obama. ABLE amends the federal tax code to allow families the opportunity to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses. Modeled after college savings accounts, ABLE accounts will enable people with autism and their families to save for housing, education, transportation, medical and other expenses if related to their disability. This allows individuals with disabilities, including autism, to save for their future needs without losing access to other resources.

As stated by Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina, "some have called the ABLE Act the most significant piece of legislation affecting the disabled since passage of the American Disabilities Act nearly 25 years ago.” The bill was supported overwhelmingly in both chambers of Congress and by both parties across the aisle. This accomplishment took nearly a decade to achieve, with countless hours of negotiations and with the dedication of thousands of advocates. 

The states -- which manage Section 529 programs--must now incorporate ABLE into their programs. Autism Speaks advocates are working tirelessly to ensure that the programs are available to families across the county.

 

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News

  The Senate Finance Committee today moved to the full Senate the ABLE to Work Act, sponsored by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), and the ABLE Financial Planning Act, sponsored by Senator Bob...
At the state level, Autism Speaks advocates across the country have celebrated a string of victories so far in 2016, including the enactment of tax-preferred ABLE savings legislation, autism...
Autism advocates in Washington, DC and across the country have made big strides on federal legislation. Below are some of the highlights of the spring legislative session.  Sign up...
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2388, ABLE legislation. The Arizona ABLE legislation follows enactment by the federal government of the Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life...
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed H. 3768, ABLE legislation, which passed both chambers of the state legislature and is now headed to Governor Nikki Haley for her signature. The...
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has signed HB 768, which establishes an ABLE program in Georgia. The bill received unanimous support from the Georgia legislature. Modeled after college savings accounts...
South Carolina’s ABLE legislation, H. 3768, has passed both chambers of the state legislature and is now headed to Governor Nikki Haley for her signature. The bill was passed unanimously...
Governor Tom Wolf signed SB 879, the Pennsylvania ABLE Act, which enables individuals with disabilities to create tax-preferred Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) savings accounts for...
The Georgia legislature has passed the Achieving A Better Life Act (ABLE), HB 768, with unanimous support and the bill is now headed to Governor Nathan Deal for his signature.   The Georgia...
The Kentucky legislature has passed Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) legislation with unanimous support. The bill, SB 179, is now headed to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Sponsored...

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ABLE Bill History

113th Congress

February 13, 2013: ABLE is reintroduced in 113th Congress

112th Congress

January 3, 2013: Session concludes with no action on ABLE; bill has 236 House and 41 Senate co-sponsors

November 15, 2011: The ABLE Act is introduced in the Senate and House.