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How the Passing of ABLE is Giving Hope to Our Families

January 17, 2015

The Litchfield County Times spotlighted the passage of the ABLE Act which will give a tax-free savings program for individuals with disabilities. Connecticut’s congressional delegates and autism advocates have been celebrating the passing of ABLE since President Obama signed it into law on Dec, 21. 

Connecticut advocacy chair for Autism Speaks Shannon Knall told the Litchfield County Times, “When President Obama signs the ABLE Act into law, as I hope he does, he will not only be helping to secure the future successes of those with disabilities, but he will be sending a message, the same message the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate sent when they moved this legislation forward. They said that our families matter, our children are important, their future is a priority,”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal continued, “This bill was the ultimate in bipartisan support. The reason is that it speaks to core values of Americans, the ability to plan for the future, the ability to save, the ability to work and put aside money for basic human needs,” he said.

Our community has been working on the passing of this legislation through Congress since 2008.

You can read more about the passing of the ABLE Act on the Litchfield County Times here.