Changes currently working their way through the United States Senate have drawn widespread opposition from many disability advocacy organizations.
Proposed ABLE Account Changes
The proposed changes to the ABLE account would allow people with disabilities who are employed to save what the federal poverty level is in their ABLE accounts on top of the $14,000 limit. The current federal poverty level is $11,770 so it would nearly double the savings power of people with disabilities.
The ABLE account makes it so people with disabilities can develop a savings account without affecting the public assistance that they receive.
Opposition to Changes
Disability Advocates including The Arc, The Autism Society, The Autistic Self Advocacy Network and many others currently oppose the changes because they feel the changes are not enough. Currently people with disabilities are only allowed to establish an ABLE Account if they became disabled before the age of 26 and disability advocacy groups are widely upset about that and feel it should be changed and raised to 46.
The National Down Syndrome Society and Autism Speaks supports the age change, however they feel pushing the age change would make the proposed changes less likely to pass in the future.