Achieving A Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act
Division B of Public Law 113-295
The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE) Act was signed into law on December 19, 2014. The law allows eligible individuals with disabilities the ability to establish “ABLE accounts” for qualified beneficiaries that resemble the qualified tuition programs, often called “529 accounts”, that have been established under that section of the tax code since 1996. The new ABLE accounts will allow more individual choice and control over spending on qualified disability expenses and limited investment decisions, while protecting eligibility for Medicaid, Supplemental Security
See this helpful fact sheet compiled by The National Arc.
ABLE Act Info Sheet 2015 SHORT version
The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention Project
“NO amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy”
Through a grant provided by The Arc of the United States, FASD Toolkits are currently being distributed to local obstetricians, family practitioners, local health departments physicians and nurses offices in the pilot area of Central Kentucky. Through this grassroots initiative staff and volunteers will meet personally with health care providers to bring them our message – no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. If you would like to be involved and help distribute toolkits please let us know.
The Department of Aging and Independent Living in collaboration with the Arc of Kentucky has produced a new resource for family members who are interested in Participant Directed Services. The Supports for Community Living Waiver-Participant Directed Services (PDS) program is based upon the principles of Self-Determination and Person-Centered Planning. A person-centered system acknowledges the role of participants, families, guardians, or representatives in planning for the participant who may need assistance in making informed decisions. The principles and tools of Self-Determination are used to assist participants in the creation of meaningful, culturally appropriate lives within their community in which they can develop relationships, learn, work and earn income, and actively participate in community life.
Please download the PDS Manual HERE: Participant PDS Manual
Now available in print and in digital format, the Arc of Kentucky’s Directory of Resources and Services: Transition from School to Adult Life.
Click the link below to download your copy today!
Contact the Arc Office for a hard copy.
The National Arc has a tool available on their website you can use to search for your federal and state legislators.
Click here to access the Arc’s Legislative Action tool.