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Down Syndrome Association of JAX to Recognize Crenshaw for ABLE Act on Thursday, August 14

August 12, 2014

WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla. (4th CD), issued the following news release:

The Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville (DSAJ) will recognize Congressman Ander Crenshaw for his fight to pass the ABLE Act - federal legislation to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities - at a pizza and ice-cream social on Thursday, August 14 at 5 p.m. in Jacksonville.

"With House Ways and Means Committee approval of ABLE and a Senate Finance Subcommittee hearing on the landmark legislation, momentum is continuously building to turn this bill into law," said Congressman Ander Crenshaw, author of the ABLE Act."This benchmark point would not be possible without the teamwork and dedication of groups like the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville. Individuals with disabilities deserve the same financial planning tools that other Americans enjoy, and we are closer than ever to making that happen. So many Northeast Florida families have joined me in getting us to this critical point, and I look forward to seeing them on Thursday in Jacksonville. "

WHAT: Pizza and Ice Cream Social with special guest Congressman Ander Crenshaw, author of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act).

Event hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Jacksonville, which serves over 1500 families in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.

WHO: Crenshaw, DSAJ officials and 55 Jacksonville-area families who are impacted by disabilities and would benefit from ABLE.

WHEN: Thursday, August 14 from 5 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.

WHERE: The Friday Musicale L'Engle Hall, 631 Oak St. 32204 (located directly behind the DSAJ office.) Parking is available in the lot located directly across the street from L'Engle Hall.

BACKGROUND: The ABLE Act would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow use of tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. The bill, first introduced in 2006, would ease financial strains faced by individuals with disabilities by making tax-free savings accounts available to cover qualified expenses such as education, housing, medical, and transportation. The bill would supplement, but not supplant, benefits provided through private insurance, the Medicaid program, the beneficiary's employment, and other sources. The legislation has 379 House co-sponsors, 74 Senate co-sponsors and the support of more than 100 local, state, and national disability advocacy organizations.

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