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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Action Alert from Autism Speaks

May 1, 2012  ACTION ALERT!
Over 140 House members from both political parties have signed on as co-sponsors of ABLE, a bill that would allow families raising children with disabilities to save tax-free for their future needs. Now it's time for your U.S. Representative to join them!Send them an email asking for their support for HR. 3423, the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act. And ask your Senators to co-sponsor the Senate version of the bill, S.1872, if they have not already. Momentum is on our side! Let's get this done in 2012!

Here is How YOU Can Help:
1) SEND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND TWO U.S. SENATORS AN EMAILYou can email them here. It takes just a few minutes to sign up and send it. We have the basic letter already drafted for you, but take a minute to add one paragraph to make it personal about your family and the person you love with autism. We also have letters ready for you to send to your state's two U.S. Senators either thanking them for being an ABLE co-sponsor or asking them to sign on.

2) SPREAD THE WORD! Ask your friends and family to help you by sending in a quick email of their own. You can send an email to them after you take action, and also post something like this on your Facebook page:
"Please help me contact our Members of Congress to ask that they support the ABLE Act and vote it out of Congress. This bill will allow me to save tax-free for the future needs of (CHILD's NAME) in the same way parents save for college. It takes 5 minutes and will help our family. Write DONE so I can thank you!"
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The ABLE Act, introduced with strong bi-partisan support, would amend Section 529 of the Internal Revenue Service Code to allow individuals with disabilities and their families to deposit earnings to tax-exempt savings accounts. The funds could be used to pay for qualified expenses, including education, housing and transportation, and would supplement, not replace, benefits provided through private insurance, employment or public programs.
You can read more about the ABLE Act here.

Ask your friends and family to help you pass this important legislation. Be sure to email TODAY!
Shelley Hendrix

Director of Grassroots DevelopmentAutism Speaks