As a parent, National Down Syndrome Society DS-ambassador, and supporter of the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), I would like to thank Senator Mitch McConnell for cosponsoring of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (H.R. 647/S. 313) in the 113th Congress and urge them to vote yes when the ABLE Act comes to the House and Senate floor in December. The ABLE Act is the most bipartisan, bicameral legislation before Congress, with over 85 percent of the entire Congress supporting the bill.

Currently, people with disability cannot have more than $2,000 in assets before they put their much-needed benefits, like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in jeopardy. The ABLE Act creates tax-free disability savings accounts to pay for essentials like education, housing, healthcare, and transportation – and fund expenses only related to the disability.

The ABLE Act will help individuals with disabilities reach their full potential in life, including the right to hold a full-time job, save for their future, pay taxes and be a productive and welcomed member of society.

It's time for Congress to take action and pass the ABLE Act. In the final days of 113th Congress, I, along with over 267,000 petition supporters, encourage Senator Mitch McConnell to vote yes and pass the ABLE Act now.

Again, thank you Senator Mitch McConnell for supporting the ABLE Act. This is landmark, life-changing legislationfor people with disabilities. Passing this bill is the right thing to do for all people with disabilities and their families in Franklin, Kentucky.

Nancy Combow


National Down 
Syndrome Society

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