Strides in the right direction from the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as the state body voted unanimously to pass a bill enacting the ABLE (Achieving A Better Life Experience) provision. This legislation, which is modeled on a stalled federal bill, establishes tax-advantaged accounts for families to put aside money towards expenses like medical care, housing, education and job training for those with autism. The bill also includes measures that would help enable ASD children stay in mainstream classrooms by training teachers on how to provide effective, individualized education for those on the spectrum within that setting.
Speaker Robert A. DeLeo, writing for the Huffington Post, draws on the New York Times’ adaptation of Life, Animated as proof of the need for state legislators to lighten the financial burden on families and to enable individuals with ASD to lead lives of independence and opportunity.
Read more from the Huffington Post here.