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Creating an Economic Future for Individuals with Down Syndrome

Featured ImagePeople with Down syndrome face several challenges that prevent them for gaining access to meaningful employment opportunities, economic and financial planning, and independent living. As people with Down syndrome are living longer, it’s important for individuals with Down syndrome and their families to have access to meaningful employment, financial freedom, and a living environment of their choosing.

  1. Transition to Independence Act

    The Transition to Independence Act (S 1604) would improve opportunities for integrated employment for people with disabilities and reduce their relegation to subminimum wage work.

  2. Transition to Integrated, Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act

    The Transition to Integrated, Meaningful Employment (TIME) Act would phase out the Fair Labor Standards Act section 14(c), passed in 1938, which authorizes the Secretary of Labor to issue Special Wage Certificates to certain entities, permitting them to pay workers with disabilities subminimum wage.

  3. Disability Integration Act

    The Disability Integration Act (S 2427) would require that any disabled individual who is qualified for institutional care be offered the option of receiving services and care at home or any other location they want.

  4. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act

    The Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (Public Law 113-295) was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014. The ABLE Act amends the Internal Revenue Service Code of 1986 to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities.

  5. Federal ABLE Improvement Bills

    In March 2016, three new federal bills were introduced to improve upon the landmark Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (PL 113-295) that became law in December 2014.

  6. ABLE State Legislation and Implementation Updates

    The federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act authorizes the states to develop their own ABLE programs and to offer ABLE accounts to qualified beneficiaries. Many states have moved quickly to pass ABLE laws and are in various stages of developing their ABLE programs.

  7. State ABLE Programs

    Many states are well into the process of developing their ABLE programs and the first programs are expected to launch in the spring and summer of 2016.

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