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August 17, 2015

In 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) into law. The intention of ESEA was to achieve “full educational opportunity” for all students. Today, as Congress considers reauthorizing the ESEA, the disability community has the opportunity to build on the progress made for students with disabilities.

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August 17, 2015

Governor Kate Brown has signed into law SB 777, which establishes an Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program for disability-related expenses in the state of Oregon.

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August 14, 2015

Governor Dannel Mallow was joined today by advocates from the disability community at a ceremonial signing ceremony for Public Act 15-80, which establishes Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) program for disability-related expenses in the state of Connecticut.

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August 11, 2015

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was joined today by advocates from the disability community at a signing ceremony for House Bill 556 ABLE legislation that allows families to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses

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August 10, 2015

According to the Social Security Administration, without congressional action the Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) trust fund will become insolvent in late 2016. Unless Congress acts, the SSDI trust fund will not be able to make 100% of payments to its beneficiaries and will only be able to cover roughly 81% of scheduled payments.

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August 10, 2015

Earlier this month, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB1383, legislation that allows families to set up tax-exempt 529A savings accounts for disability-related expenses, and today autism advocates joined State Treasurer Michael Frerichs and the National Association of State Treasurers for a forum on ABLE programs.

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August 06, 2015

According to the Washington Post, special education advocates in Georgia have for years argued that the state’s program for children with behavior-related disabilities unnecessarily segregates them into inferior buildings with inferior educational opportunities.

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July 30, 2015

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law legislation establishing the Medicare and Medicaid programs to serve as a basic health insurance program for lower-income children and families, persons with disabilities, and other groups.

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