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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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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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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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2013 Disability Policy Seminar: Ready, Set, Advocate!

Advocate in DC or in your congressional district April 15-17…

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Michael Graves, champion of accessible design, is appointed to the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board)

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There is a video interview; start at 4:40 if you want to skip the tour of his house and hear him talk about disabilities related to architectural environments.

“I want all the things we are used to for an ambulatory society, but one that takes care of people like me with equal vigor.”

– Michael Graves

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Schools to open sports to disabled

January 25, 2013, USA Today

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