Illinois ABLE is proud to help Light it Up Blue to raise Autism Awareness this month!

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is usually diagnosed before age 26.  As a result,  many individuals with Autism are eligible to own ABLE accounts and to save for the additional expenses that often accompany the disorder. Things such as behavioral intervention, speech and language and sensory integration therapies, or therapeutic equipment such as assistive communications devices, weighted vests or specialized diets.


World Autism Month shines a spotlight on the obstacles that individuals and family members living with Autism face every day.  Illinois ABLE accounts help families overcome some of those obstacles and celebrate the unique talents and capacities of individuals with Autism by building greater financial independence and control.

Illinois ABLE accounts also allow individuals with disabilities and their families to save and invest their private funds without losing, or losing access to, federal means-tested benefits, such as SSI, SSDI.

An Illinois ABLE account can make it possible for an individual with Autism of any age to save for expenses that can enhance living, learning and participating in the community.  The list of qualified disability expenses is not exhaustive and includes the following:

  • Education
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Employment training and support
  • Assistive technology
  • Personal support services
  • Health, Prevention and Wellness
  • Financial Management
  • Administrative services
  • Legal fees
  • Expenses for oversight and Monitoring
  • Funeral and burial expenses.

 Download the complete Illinois ABLE FAQs here.

Visit the Illinois ABLE ADA compliant website or call Illinois ABLE at 888-609-8683 for more information. The Illinois ABLE Call Center is available 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday CT and provides support for non-English speakers as well as deaf and hard-of-hearing callers.

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