Treasurer Frerichs Visits Open Door Rehabilitation Center at the Sandwich Fair

September 8 was a picture-perfect day when Treasurer Frerichs paid a visit to the Open Door Rehabilitation Center’s (ODRC) Lemon Shakeup stand at the Sandwich Fair.  The Treasurer met with staff, volunteers, and clients of the disability services organization, some of whom own IL ABLE accounts. A favorite among clients, ODRC serves up delicious lemonade and pizza at the Sandwich Fair every year.

Illinois Family Dreams Big with IL ABLE Account

Pisani family saves for short and long-term disability expenses

IL ABLE accounts can help people with disabilities save money for a variety of expenses, from everyday groceries to planning for larger purchases that improve quality of life and increase independence for the Account Owner. The editors of accessABLE News & Updates recently connected with Special Olympics Illinois athlete and IL ABLE Account Owner Louis Pisani and his mom Kish to learn about how IL ABLE helps Louis save for his future and build his independence.

Celebrate the Achievements of People with Disabilities

July is Disability Pride Month and the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

July 26 marks the 32nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This landmark civil rights law prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. Since its passage in 1990, people with and without disabilities have turned the month of July into Disability Pride Month.  Events, parades and celebrations take place across the country to honor the diversity and achievements of people with disabilities.

Brothers Build Independence with IL ABLE

Mom and sons Zach and KC share their IL ABLE story

For people with disabilities, the positive impact of being able to save money in an IL ABLE account extends far beyond the dollar amount of their savings. IL ABLE accounts can foster a sense of accomplishment and independence. In a recent interview, IL ABLE Account Owners Zach and KC, along with their mom, Micki share how IL ABLE is an important financial resource for them.

Springtime is a Great Time to Plan Ahead with IL ABLE

Save for your child’s short and long-term needs

Spring is in full bloom – grass is green, the trees are blossoming, and the school year is winding down. For some, this means going through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) review to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments and to look ahead to the next school year. This is also a great time to review your child’s short and longer-term financial needs. For example, will they need additional therapies or educational supports in the coming year? Is transition planning within sight?