Celebrating 7 Years of ABLE

Dec 19, 2021
Disabilities

Today, we celebrate the 7-year anniversary of the ABLE Act being signed into law. This is a special day for me because, like so many of you, I know what it feels like to be told your child’s life is going to be a little different than you dreamed.

My son Cole was born with Down syndrome. Today, he’s a fun, energetic 14 year old that lights up every room with his smile. He’s great at math, loves sports, and is learning how to play the drums like a pro. 

When Brian and I got the news that he had Down syndrome, it wasn’t easy to hear.  We were told not to put any assets in Cole’s name. I believe that sends the wrong message to parents and families who are hoping to give their children all that life has to offer. So, I went to work on legislation – the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act – to empower people with disabilities at every stage of their lives.

For almost a decade, ABLE Accounts have empowered more individuals with disabilities to invest in their education, pay for medical expenses, and look for a job. When they find a job, it can even help them cover the cost of getting to work.

The ABLE Act has opened doors for millions of Americans. It has encouraged us to celebrate people’s abilities and what every person has to offer. Because of the ABLE Act, people discovered the courage to dream and seize opportunities to build a better life.

On this anniversary of the ABLE Act, let us be reminded of what’s possible when we come together as warriors for human dignity and human value. It leads to a brighter, more hopeful future where every person—no matter their walk of life—is valued for their potential and is empowered to reach their full potential.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the ABLE Act.

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