A new law will help ease the financial challenges faced by many Hoosiers with disabilities.
In 2013, the federal government enacted the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, allowing people with disabilities to set up tax-free savings accounts. The money in these savings accounts may be used to pay for services including medical and dental care, education, employment training, housing and transportation. Under this new law, Indiana established its own ABLE Program.
The ABLE Act provides individuals with disabilities the same types of flexible savings tools that all other Americans have through college savings accounts, health savings accounts and individual retirement accounts. It will allow those with disabilities to plan and save for future qualified expenses, which will benefit both their families and our communities.
Also, those with developmental disabilities will be able to better avoid misunderstandings as a result of another new law.
Hoosiers may request an identification card from the Indiana State Department of Health indicating that they are medically diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder or another developmental disability. These cards are not required, but cardholders who choose to use them will likely be able to better communicate to officers or anyone else that they have a disability. These have proven useful in the event that if, for instance, autistic behavior is mistaken for noncompliance or aggression.
House Republicans support opportunities for each Hoosier to have a high quality of life.