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February 21 is Disability, Awareness Day and advocates are holding their sixth annual informational fair on the 1st Floor Rotunda in the Capitol building in Boise.
The idea is to educate lawmakers and the public on issues affecting people with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Advocates would like the state to pass the ABLE Act which stands for “Achieving a Better Life Experience.”
This law would allow people with disabilities to set up a 529-A savings account without being penalized in terms of their other income.
“This is where an individual can save money or family members can put money into this account for an individual with disabilities, and it won’t impact the amount that they qualify for on Social Security,” says Carlyann McLaren.
Idaho has about 25,000 residents with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Together, the state and federal government spend more than $200 million a year on support for these individuals, according to the most recent (2013) figures.
You can also see different display tables for information and resources about advocacy groups, projects and services throughout Idaho. Learn about changes happening in the state that are relevant to you. Learn about the new Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) rules. And invite a legislator to take a photo with you at the Photo Booth. The event is from 9am-3pm.
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