(Washington, DC - April 29, 2014) Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) signed on to the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647) as a co-sponsor. The ABLE Act has amassed the support of more than 430 members of congress.
NDSS board member and change.org author Sara Wolff states, “Families, like mine, need to rest assure that they can equally care for their children and adults with disabilities, just like they can for their other children and family members. Just because I have Down syndrome, that shouldn’t hold me back from achieving my full potential in life.”
NDSS is one of 100 organizations that are championing the bill. The New York Times in a recent editorial urged Congress to move the bill which is currently being "scored" by the Congressional Budget Office to assess its cost impact on the federal budget.
NDSS Vice President of Advocacy and Affiliate Relations Sara Hart Weir said: “There is no other bill in the U.S. Congress that has as much bipartisan, bicameral support as the ABLE Act. People with disabilities can’t wait any longer for the passage of the ABLE Act. Passing this landmark legislation will go a long way to help people with Down syndrome and other disabilities realize and achieve their own hopes, dreams, and aspirations.”
The mission of the National Down Syndrome Society is to be the national advocate for the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Visit www.NDSS.org for more information or to take action.