Following the signing of the ABLE Act into law, National
Disability Institute (NDI) established the ABLE Resource Center, a group of
like-minded organizations committed to promoting a consistent voice in the
development of federal regulations and helping states establish ABLE account
programs. On Friday, February 6th, NDI and 15 other national disability
organizations met in Washington, DC to discuss the current status of federal
and state implementation efforts.
The diverse group of partner organizations includes The Arc,
World Institute on Disability, Autism Self-Advocacy Network, the American
Association of Persons with Disabilities (AAPD), the National Organization on
Disability (NOD), the National Down Syndrome Society, the National Association
of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS) and the National
Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). All pledged to work together to educate
government officials, individuals with disabilities and their families about
the possibilities and benefits of opening an ABLE account.
Going forward, NDI will continue to coordinate ABLE Resource
Center activities. In the coming weeks and months, the group will focus on
improving outreach, providing comment on related state legislative proposals and
assisting the Treasury Department and IRS develop future ABLE regulations.
The ABLE Resource Center’s next meeting will be on Friday,
March 6, 2015. Disability organizations interested in joining the ABLE Resource
Center should contact Chris Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, NDI at Crodriguez@ndi-inc.org for more