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Roskam Lauds Passage of the ABLE Act to Help Americans with Disabilities

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Roskam Lauds Passage of the ABLE Act
 to Help Americans with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC–Today, Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) released the
following statement lauding House passage of H.R. 647, the Achieving a
Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows disabled Americans to
create tax-free savings accounts:

“Today, the House took a major step forward in helping Americans with
disabilities and their loved ones shoulder the tremendous cost of
disability care,” SAID CONGRESSMAN ROSKAM. “This bipartisan,
commonsense legislation will help these individuals and their families
save for the future by enabling them to access critical financial
planning tools, including tax-free savings accounts. We must continue to
empower all Americans with the opportunities and resources to achieve
their dreams and aspiration s. I encourage the Senate to follow the
House’s lead and send this important bill to the President’s desk
without delay.”

“We would never have reached this day without the help and support of
Congressman Roskam,” SAID GREATER CHICAGO FRAGILE X GROUP LEADER
MELISSA ZOLECKI. “For my family, for all of the families served by the
Greater Chicago Fragile X Community Support Network and on behalf of the
National Fragile X Foundation, we would like to express our gratitude to
Congressman Roskam. The ABLE Act will help those in our greater Chicago
Fragile X community achieve a far higher level of independence, rather
than continued dependence on government programs. ABLE Accounts will
allow us, as parents, and our family members living with Fragile X, to
save for a better and more self-sufficient future. Thank you Congressman
Roskam.”

“This is a monumental, landmark bill for people with Down syndrome and
our families,” SAID NATIONAL DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY INTERIM PRESIDENT
SARA HART WEIR. “This bill will change the way that families can save
for all their children and adults with Down syndrome and will ease the
unnecessary burdens that are placed on families - all while allowing
people with Down syndrome to work and save for the future. We look
forward to it going to the Senate floor for a vote and its eventual
signage into law."

“This extraordinary piece of legislation will impact individuals with
disabilities to look forward in obtaining future financial security,”
SAID AUTISM SOCIETY ILLINOIS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MARY KAY BETZ. “The
positive outcome on the economy in the state of Illinois from Autism
numbers alone at a staggering rate of 1 in 50 on the Autism Spectrum
will allow family, community and those who love and care for them to
finally have some solace.”

“Families are looking for ways to finance things like an apartment, or
a ride to work, or additional educational opportunities after high
school that don't jeopardize other necessary services provided by
federal programs," SAID AUTISM SPEAKS CO-FOUNDER BOB WRIGHT. "This bill
creates a tool for families that could lead to a more independent and
fulfilling life.”

 

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39MgLBtkFs4
[1]) the video of Congressman Roskam speaking on the House floor about
the importance of the ABLE Act, 

(https://twitter.com/PeterRoskam/status/540279063148253184 [2]) 
Facebook post here
(https://www.facebook.com/RepRoskam/posts/979401118740174

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