Make the ABLE Act a Reality

Congress will soon be voting on the bipartisan ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience Act). This law would allow people with disabilities to have savings in a tax-free account, similar to a 529, without risking their Social Security eligibility, and save any amount without risking their Medicaid benefits. The Act has an overwhelming number of backers and sponsors, because it’s the right thing to do.

This law would be profoundly helpful to those with special needs, who now are discouraged from working or saving due to the current abysmal $2,000 cap on assets. ABLE funds could be used by the individual for education, employment training, health care, housing and transportation, enabling more independent, self-sufficient lives.

Sign the petition! http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-house-of-representatives-pass-the-able-act

Read more > http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2014/02/21/congress-eyeing-savings/19134/

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Wireless wheelchair is the kind of inventiveness we need

From the mind of a dancer, a new kind of wheelchair

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Second Hearing on the UN’s Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: 11/21, 9:30AM EST

One of the important tidbits in today’s UCP SmartBrief was mention of this week’s hearing on the United Nations Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

A second hearing on the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), an international treaty that reflects the values and standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act, has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 21. Secretary of State John Kerry will be testifying about the treaty, and you can help show your support by calling key senators or attending the hearingLearn more and find out how to help support this important treaty!

Hearing Information & 11/21 Live Stream: http://www.foreign.senate.gov/hearings/convention-on-the-rights-of-persons-with-disabilities-11-21-2013

 

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Excellent reading for a rainy day from UCP

Today’s issue of UCP’s SmartBrief is chock full of interesting articles and news. I often just skim, but I found myself clicking lots of links to learn more today.

There’s a study debunking a myth about birth trauma and cerebral palsy, news of ability awareness days being introduced in more school communities, articles regarding special eduction, and much more.

Check it out!  >http://bit.ly/1fSYiYf

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AXS Map: Contribute, Search, Share

AXS Map is dedicated to “Making the World a More Accessible Place”, and to raise awareness regarding disabilities in the civic realm.  Yes!

AXS Map is a crowdsourcing website and mobile platform that allows people around the world to rate businesses for accessibility, search for accessible businesses, and share information.

Check it out and participate!

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People With Disabilities Storm House Building, Demand Boehner Leave Obamacare Alone

from the Huffiington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/30/boehner-obamacare-protest_n_4017367.html

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Please voice concern at Disney’s Proposed Change to Guest Services for the Disabled

CALL TO ACTION:

Disney is proposing to discontinue their Guest Services Card for people with disabilities this October, in reaction to fraudulent and exploitative use by a few affluent folks trying to game the system (there are articles in the press regarding this if you wish to know more.)

Please consider lending your voice to the concern over this right now.  
There are thousands of kids and adults with disabilities that would no longer be able to access all the parks have to offer should this move forward. Not only would the parks cease to provide accessible solutions to the lines and rides, they would be requiring people with disabilities to jump through a ton of red tape, having to register, and then only go on each ride one time at a pre-scheduled time.  Just what we need, more logistics and rigamarole…
 

What can you do?

1. Sign this petition: 

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/disneyland-discontinues?mailing_id=15444&source=s.icn.em.cr&r_by=8810119

2. Pass on the word…you can send the petition link via FACEBOOK, EMAIL, TEXT, TWITTER, TUMBLR, other blogs, etc.

Changing to a more secure system makes sense if need be, but getting rid of the pass is ridiculous, and could set a precedent that I find very scary.
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Time is critical and of the essence. We already have more than 10,000 supporters from only two days. So, together, we can do great things in the days to come. A bit of additional help from you is requested to make sure we secure as many more signatures as possible to make an unavoidable impression that cannot be ignored.  We will show how significantly this change will not only impact our families and special needs community but also other families with typical functioning indiviudals as well as the Disney company itself.  We want Disney to instead revamp or create a more secure system vs.doing away with the existing needed support altogether. Please SHARE SHARE SHARE and share even more. Lets get our numbers way up before this October in the hopes that our petition will be featured and possibly receive media coverage to ensure we get the attention we need to stop the removal of the accommodation!   I am confident that when enough of us show the real and true need, that the course of action will be changed!  Thank you so much for your support - Kim McClain, Mom to Camille and Special Education Advocate

 

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