CHOICE - choice is one thing families want for their loved one with Down syndrome and is often out of reach. ABLE Accounts offer choice for individuals with Down syndrome. However, the future of ABLE Accounts is in jeopardy. O
nly people whose disabilities occurred prior to age 26 are currently eligible for ABLE accounts.
The National Down Syndrome Advocacy Council reports that "There are currently over 40 states with ABLE programs. However, the National Association of State Treasurers reports that enrollment in ABLE programs is too low to maintain self-sustainability and continue to offer a robust choice of ABLE plans with low fees. The ABLE Age Adjustment Act would significantly expand the pool of eligible ABLE participants and increase enrollment, addressing this challenge."