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Disability Awareness Day Highlights New VermontABLE Savings Program

Vermont is launching a tax-free savings program for Vermonters with disabilities that will allow them to save for future needs without being affected by federal benefits cliffs. A panel will discuss the new VermontABLE program during Disability Awareness Day at the State House on March 2.

The VermontABLE Savings Program was created under the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, which allows people with disabilities to save up to $14,000 each year for disability-related expenses. Before the Act, Americans who receive any means-tested federal benefits could not have more than $2,000 in savings. Vermonters can learn more and sign up for VermontABLE at www.vermontable.com.

Kristin Murphy of the Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council and Tim Lueders-Dumont from the State Treasurer’s Office will introduce legislators to VermontABLE at 10:00 am tomorrow in Room 11 at the State House.

Also happening tomorrow during Disability Awareness Day:

  • A keynote address followed by an informal panel presentation with the Speaker of the House and the Commissioner of the Department of Disabilities, Aging, & Independent Living
  • Addressing employment barriers for individuals with disabilities
  • Learn about access to employment supports and resources
  • Improving social services and social justice for Vermonters with disabilities caused by psychiatric illness
  • How to get your message across with talking with your legislator
  • Improving services for the deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind

Join the Vermont Coalition for Disability Rights on March 2 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Disability Awareness Day at the State House. The theme this year is Break Barriers, Build Bridges.

For more information, contact Stefanie Monte: smonte@vcil.org or 802-224-1820. Visit www.vcdr.org/dad_2017. This public event will be a day of advocacy, fun, workshops, refreshments, and much more! 

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