U.S. Congress: Co-sponsor, and Sign The ABLE Act of 2013 Into Law
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U.S. Congress: Co-sponsor, and Sign The ABLE Act of 2013 Into Law

    1. Sarah Clark
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Clark

      Ventura, CA

On 2/13/13, Congressman Ander Crenshaw (R-FL), and Senator Robert Casey (D-PA) re-introduced this bill. The same day it was referred to committee, but no movement has occurred since. By voicing your support of the Able Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience), legislators will be made aware of your priorities. Have a say.

If signed into law, this bill will increase independence among those with disabilities, as well as benefit their families via peace of mind as a result of the ability to plan for their childrens' futures.

Specifically, the ABLE Act would alter IRS tax code 529 to allow for a tax-free savings account to cover education, housing, and transportation for those with disabilities.

Much like the accruing a tax-free college fund allows one to gain the tools to have better opportunities further down the road, the changes put forth in the ABLE Act would empower those with disabilities through increased opportunities without penalizing them by minimizing eligibility for programs aimed at supplementally enhancing their lives.

This bill is a reintroduction of legislation that was introduced first in 2006, and again in 2011. Despite bipartisan support two years ago, the bill was not enacted.

Let's not let the opportunity pass by this time to let our voices be heard about the need for this fair change to be extended to the families, and those that would directly benefit from such a tax change. 2010 census date indicates that 5.2 % of school-aged children experience a disability, as defined by IDEA.

I cannot rationalize knowingly leaving 5.2% of our Nation's youth by the wayside in regard to extending increased opportunities to, or not. Please sign this petition, and in doing so you will resoundingly declare to our lawmakers that you highly value the equalization of opportunity, and acknowledge that the time has come to extend fairness in this manner. 

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    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. Co-sponsor Update

      Sarah Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Just yesterday 20 new Congressional representatives joined in co-sponsorship of this bill in the House! Great news.

      Here is a link to govtrack.us so that you may track the bill's progress:
      http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr647#overview

    3. Thanks!

      Sarah Clark
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to those who have signed! We have reached over 50 signatures, but there's a ways to go before those in charge will take notice. Make sure that you post the link to Facebook or Twitter. Heck, send a humongous mass e-mail. I did. This is now your petition; let's make it a success!

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    • carolyne morgan MONTGOMERY, TX
      • 4 months ago

      I just thought of something. Why are you limiting their assets at all?

      Why don't you just simply let them make accrue whatever they can, up to the poverty level, and just exempt them from purchasing any luxury items, such as more land than an acre, more than 1 house, expensive paintings, jewery, cars etc.

      Anything they accrue, from working, gifts, inheiritance, would go into a trust fund, what ever they didn't use, or was still in the account after their death, if they had no kids, would be taken as payback for recieving SSI.

      If they had kids, it would go into a trust fund for their upkeep, so perhaps the kids wouldn't need welfare. If the kids are older and self sufficient, it would go to payback SSI, for benefits doled out to the parent.

      If the person accrued an inheiritance, of say $30,000, SSI, would NOT dock their benefits, nor disqualify them, but would take back an equivilent amount of monies out of that amount, to pay them back for benefits already paid out.

      If there was any remaining, it would be divided up into amounts of their current benefit checks are, and their actual benefits would be suspended, until the time when the assets were used up, or be "seed money" for their trust funds. This way, SSI could get paid back even from the poorest people.

      The people won't have to fear losing their safety net of monthly checks, SSI, gets paid back, and no one has to lose.

      If the inheiritance/assets were a physisical thing, like a house, the person could move into it as a primary residence, and it would be sold after their death, as payback. If it was a luxury item, it would be sold and SSI paid back. monies, the same.

      SSI, would have a better chance of recouping benefit paid out monies, if they let the disabled live with the happenings that can occur in any human's life, without fear of reprocussions.

      It's sinple this way, if you make anything over the poverty line, it's payback time. soooo simple.

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    • carolyne morgan MONTGOMERY, TX
      • 4 months ago

      Why not just raise the allowable asset limit to the tax exempt income amount, aka $8-10,000 per year, or whatever the actual income poverty level income is.

      This would be an amount, including their benifits and allowable asset amount up to the poverty line. They should be able to earn/acrue the additional amount over the current $2,000 limit, and be able to spend it as they see fit, like all other Americans.

      Just because they have a chronic disability, doesn't mean they shouldn't have the same freedom of choice other american's have. If they are competent, they should be able to be useful, active, and fullfill the pursuit of happiness, like other American's, without having to be afraid all the time.

      They should be allowed assets up to the poverty level, per year free use, then only have benefits docked whatever amount over the poverty level, they managed to make. Make $50.00 over per month? Dock the benefits by $50.00.

      The government, should have policies ENABLING the disabled, not making life more stressful for them.

      They should have the same rights as all other American citizens, after all, they ARE American citizens.

      They should be able to work, share resources, buy a house (long lists for subsidized housing, and no privacy, with, mandetory inspections, even with a security deposit, rules that don't alloe, overnight stays, even for aides, no kids or pets, or gardening, etc) so their quality of life is limited.

      They should be able to buy one house, one piece of land under an acre, get married, live with mates, and all the basic choices and rights ALL other Americans have.

      Why do they have to be kept destitute, on Medicaid, on food stamps, in subsidized housing, with no monetary safety net?

      Why do they constantly have to be "babysat", can I do this? Can I do that? Will I lose everything if I do this thing all other American's can do? What if I get an inheiretance? Will I lose all my benefits? What if a disabled person has kids? First will I lose them automatically because I'm deemed "unfit"? If I manage to keep them, I can't save for their futures, or for my funeral expenses?

      It's almost better to be disabled and go to jail, they get about the same choices in life as convicts, but have don't no crime. The difference is, a convict can get out, change his/her ways, get a job, make choices and spend their money on whatever they want.

      Rich disabled or even the disabled who receive SSD, can, but the porrest, most challenged cannot.

      The powers that be, are forgetting to take into account, all of the uncovered (as medical or living expenses) modifications disabled people and kids may need, special cups, silverware, cushions, life vests to their protect from self hitting, drums to redirect self hitting, reacher/ graspers, reminder watches, audio players, head phones to play calming music, etc as well as the cost of personal activities, (the costs of things above food, shelter and clothing) such as videos, books, toys, train set, gardening stuff, animal companion, movie tickets, stuff conducive to occupying ones time besides staring at walls)

      This fund would be good for a disabled persons MAJOR expenses, such as monies for security deposits, vehicle (what safe, or specially modified vehicle could they get for $2,00?), licenses, registration, title, taxes, fees, car maintainnce, car repairs, special assistance devices, home repairs, groundskeeping, babysitting, home wares, vacuum, microwave, EDUCATION, and any and all long term care end of life expenses.

      Why are there so many homeless mentally ill people? because they don't have enough for a down payment, can't find subsidized housing that will allow their dog, they are tired of the whole give life history, just to try and get help with food, housing, medical, the have no references to put down, they act too odd, no one will consider them.

      Watch, Ocean Heaven, and The Soloist, to walk a day in the life of a single father with a severely autistic son, and how he works so hard to find a SAFE place for his son to be after he dies, forgoing all happiness for himself.

      And a day in the life of a mentally ill homeless prodigy.

      Virtually no quality of life in either's lives.

      Imagine if things really were helpful to the disabled, they would be flocking to partake, but their worlds are constantly, every day, ruled by uncertianty.

      What good is it for them to get an education, if they get docked for managing to benefit society in some way. You should be ENCOURAGING all Americans to "be the best they can be", not punishing them, for just trying to cover BASIC living expences, and have a quality of life. They're NOT emptyheaded robots, but living, breathing, thinking HUMANS, they should be allowed to be humans, not "broken dolls", given just enough so they don't starve on the streets. Some do anyway. California supposedly has 300,000 homeless people, with the majority having mental illness, or lost everything to medical bills, can't get a job, etc.

      The Americans with Disabilities Act, was SUPPOSED to grant disabled peoples the same rights as other citizens, but it fails miserably in the financial "cost of living" department.

      STOP SENTENCING THE DISABLED TO A STRESSFUL LIFE OF CHRONIC POVERTY, LET THEM RISE ABOVE IT IF THEY CAN, AND IF NOT, ALLOW THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO RESOURSES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR LONG TERM NEEDS AND A QUALITY OF LIFE.

      PASS THIS BILL ALREADY, AND RAISE THE ASSET AMOUNT TO A REASONABLE AMOUNT, IN LINE WITH THE POVERTY LEVEL, NOT BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. ALLOW DISABLED PEOPLE TO BE AS ABLE AS POSSIBLE AND AQUIRE THE MOST BASIC THINGS ALL OTHER AMERICANS CAN AQUIRE, SUCH AS LAND TO GROW FOOD ON (GARDENING IS THERAPUDIC) ALLOW THEM TO WORK, AT SOMETHING, AND MAKE THEIR OWN MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MONEY, SELLING VEGGIES, BIRDHOUSES, MOWING LAWNS, WALKING DOGS, ETC, SO THEY CAN BE A BENEFIT TO SOCIETY AND MAYBE EVEN GET TO THE POINT, THEY COULD GET OFF SSI, IF THEY MANAGED TO SAVE ENOUGH TO LIVE ON THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT, TO BE POSSIBLE.

      MANY WISH TO NOT BE ON SSI, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE, TO NOT STARVE AND BE ON THE STREETS.

      JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE DISABLED, DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE USELESS.

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    • carolyne morgan MONTGOMERY, TX
      • 4 months ago

      Why not just raise the allowable asset limit to the tax exempt income amount, aka $8-10,000 per year, or whatever the actual income poverty level income is.

      This would be an amount, including their benifits and allowable asset amount up to the poverty line. They should be able to earn/acrue the additional amount over the current $2,000 limit, and be able to spend it as they see fit, like all other Americans.

      Just because they have a chronic disability, doesn't mean they shouldn't have the same freedom of choice other american's have. If they are competent, they should be able to be useful, active, and fullfill the pursuit of happiness, like other American's, without having to be afraid all the time.

      They should be allowed assets up to the poverty level, per year free use, then only have benefits docked whatever amount over the poverty level, they managed to make. Make $50.00 over per month? Dock the benefits by $50.00.

      The government, should have policies ENABLING the disabled, not making life more stressful for them.

      They should have the same rights as all other American citizens, after all, they ARE American citizens.

      They should be able to work, share resources, buy a house (long lists for subsidized housing, and no privacy, with, mandetory inspections, even with a security deposit, rules that don't alloe, overnight stays, even for aides, no kids or pets, or gardening, etc) so their quality of life is limited.

      They should be able to buy one house, one piece of land under an acre, get married, live with mates, and all the basic choices and rights ALL other Americans have.

      Why do they have to be kept destitute, on Medicaid, on food stamps, in subsidized housing, with no monetary safety net?

      Why do they constantly have to be "babysat", can I do this? Can I do that? Will I lose everything if I do this thing all other American's can do? What if I get an inheiretance? Will I lose all my benefits? What if a disabled person has kids? First will I lose them automatically because I'm deemed "unfit"? If I manage to keep them, I can't save for their futures, or for my funeral expenses?

      It's almost better to be disabled and go to jail, they get about the same choices in life as convicts, but have don't no crime. The difference is, a convict can get out, change his/her ways, get a job, make choices and spend their money on whatever they want.

      Rich disabled or even the disabled who receive SSD, can, but the porrest, most challenged cannot.

      The powers that be, are forgetting to take into account, all of the uncovered (as medical or living expenses) modifications disabled people and kids may need, special cups, silverware, cushions, life vests to their protect from self hitting, drums to redirect self hitting, reacher/ graspers, reminder watches, audio players, head phones to play calming music, etc as well as the cost of personal activities, (the costs of things above food, shelter and clothing) such as videos, books, toys, train set, gardening stuff, animal companion, movie tickets, stuff conducive to occupying ones time besides staring at walls)

      This fund would be good for a disabled persons MAJOR expenses, such as monies for security deposits, vehicle (what safe, or specially modified vehicle could they get for $2,00?), licenses, registration, title, taxes, fees, car maintainnce, car repairs, special assistance devices, home repairs, groundskeeping, babysitting, home wares, vacuum, microwave, EDUCATION, and any and all long term care end of life expenses.

      Why are there so many homeless mentally ill people? because they don't have enough for a down payment, can't find subsidized housing that will allow their dog, they are tired of the whole give life history, just to try and get help with food, housing, medical, the have no references to put down, they act too odd, no one will consider them.

      Watch, Ocean Heaven, and The Soloist, to walk a day in the life of a single father with a severely autistic son, and how he works so hard to find a SAFE place for his son to be after he dies, forgoing all happiness for himself.

      And a day in the life of a mentally ill homeless prodigy.

      Virtually no quality of life in either's lives.

      Imagine if things really were helpful to the disabled, they would be flocking to partake, but their worlds are constantly, every day, ruled by uncertianty.

      What good is it for them to get an education, if they get docked for managing to benefit society in some way. You should be ENCOURAGING all Americans to "be the best they can be", not punishing them, for just trying to cover BASIC living expences, and have a quality of life. They're NOT emptyheaded robots, but living, breathing, thinking HUMANS, they should be allowed to be humans, not "broken dolls", given just enough so they don't starve on the streets. Some do anyway. California supposedly has 300,000 homeless people, with the majority having mental illness, or lost everything to medical bills, can't get a job, etc.

      The Americans with Disabilities Act, was SUPPOSED to grant disabled peoples the same rights as other citizens, but it fails miserably in the financial "cost of living" department.

      STOP SENTENCING THE DISABLED TO A STRESSFUL LIFE OF CHRONIC POVERTY, LET THEM RISE ABOVE IT IF THEY CAN, AND IF NOT, ALLOW THEM TO HAVE ACCESS TO RESOURSES TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR LONG TERM NEEDS AND A QUALITY OF LIFE.

      PASS THIS BILL ALREADY, AND RAISE THE ASSET AMOUNT TO A REASONABLE AMOUNT, IN LINE WITH THE POVERTY LEVEL, NOT BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL. ALLOW DISABLED PEOPLE TO BE AS ABLE AS POSSIBLE AND AQUIRE THE MOST BASIC THINGS ALL OTHER AMERICANS CAN AQUIRE, SUCH AS LAND TO GROW FOOD ON (GARDENING IS THERAPUDIC) ALLOW THEM TO WORK, AT SOMETHING, AND MAKE THEIR OWN MINIMAL AMOUNT OF MONEY, SELLING VEGGIES, BIRDHOUSES, MOWING LAWNS, WALKING DOGS, ETC, SO THEY CAN BE A BENEFIT TO SOCIETY AND MAYBE EVEN GET TO THE POINT, THEY COULD GET OFF SSI, IF THEY MANAGED TO SAVE ENOUGH TO LIVE ON THE REST OF THEIR LIVES. THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE A SUBSTANTIAL AMOUNT, TO BE POSSIBLE.

      MANY WISH TO NOT BE ON SSI, BUT THEY HAVE TO BE, TO NOT STARVE AND BE ON THE STREETS.

      JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE DISABLED, DOESN'T MEAN THEY'RE USELESS.

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    • Brittany Castell EDMOND, OK
      • 4 months ago

      Because EVERY child should be ABLE to plan for their future.

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    • Rosemary Carlsen LAKE OSWEGO, OR
      • 4 months ago

      My daughter has Down Syndrome and works part time. She has to spend down from time to time so her bank account doesn't exceed $2000. She's unable to save for her future.

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