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From National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC)

As 2014 comes to a close, we begin a new chapter for people with disabilities. The Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate by overwhelming majorities, and signed into law by President Obama late last week. This means families will be able to save for individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities through 529-style savings accounts, without affecting their government benefits. Below is a brief FAQ to explain more about ABLE accounts.

Read more at: http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Learn-More-About-the-ABLE-Act.html?soid=1101343243561&aid=gqIqtokX20M

From the Cambridge Chronicle: March 8, 2013 – The Federation for Children with Special Needs announced that Julie Messina of Cambridge has been awarded the Community Partnership Award for her exemplary work as founder of the Learning Program Boston. Messina, the parent of a child with Down syndrome, started the Learning Program Boston (LPB), an organization […]

From Down Syndrome Education International

Most people with Down syndrome find it difficult to speak clearly enough to always be understood by everyone around them. These communication difficulties can present obstacles to learning, friendships, employment and independence. Research has begun to explore the nature of these speech difficulties and to inform therapies. More research is need to explore effective interventions.

Read more at: www.dseinternational.org/en-us/education21/8/

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From National Disability Institute

On Dec. 16, 2014, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act of 2014 by a vote of 76 to 16. In recognition of this unprecedented legislation, NDI has created a list of 10 items about ABLE accounts that individuals with disabilities and their families should know.

View the full NDI press release that includes the list of Ten Things You Must Know About ABLE Accounts at: http://www.realeconomicimpact.org/News.aspx?id=460

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