Posted on 11/25/2013
I'm very excited to share this news from Sherri Harnisch, DSA Board Vice President, and Sara Weir, NDSS Vice President of Advocacy & Affiliate Relations
ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Act of 2013 (S. 313/H.R. 647)
Sherri Harnisch and Sara Weir, who will be in Omaha this week, arranged a meeting with Sen. Deb Fischer's key staff (the only NE State Senator who has yet to support the ABLE Act). Sen. Fischer will be in Washington, D.C. as Congress is still in session, but DSA wanted to capitalize on Sara Weir's visit to Omaha as her expertise in this area will no doubt be beneficial in helping us make our case.
You are all invited to attend!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26TH @ 9AM
Office of U.S. Senator Deb Fischer
11819 Miracle Hills Drive, Suite 205
Omaha, NE 68154
We will meet in the parking lot no later than 8:45am and enter the building together. (If you arrive late, please just come in.)
Here is an appeal from Sherri:
We WILL leave that office tomorrow with the promise of Senator Fischer's support. I am confident of it!
I know this is last minute, but I genuinely hope you can be there. Power in numbers. WE ALL have compelling stories to share. The passing of this piece of legislation is absolutely crucial. The timing, NOW, is critical.
Being a parent to a child with an intellectual disability, I'd most certainly appreciate her support and would love to have her cosponsor this very important bill in this upcoming congressional session. Can you help us convince her of that?
The ABLE Act bill already has a great deal of steam - over half of Congress supports it. But it is missing the very important/valuable support from one of our very own NE state senators.
The ABLE Act will give individuals with disabilities and their families the ability to save for their child's future just like every other American family, and help people with disabilities live full, productive lives in their communities without losing benefits provided through private insurances, the Medicaid program, the supplemental security income program, the beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.The account could fund a variety of essential expenses for individuals, including medical and dental care, education, community based supports, employment training, assistive technology, housing, and transportation.
Please let me know if you think you are able to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS - YES, please bring your child with Down Syndrome if at all possible. I am bringing Macy. :-)
Also - Sara Weir is very much looking forward to meeting you all!!! Please plan (if your time allows) to join us somewhere nearby to visit with her afterwards.