Treasurer Frerichs visit’s the Open Door Rehabilitation Center’s Lemon Shake Up Stand
A few raindrops didn’t get in the way of Treasurer Frerichs having a great time visiting the Open Door Rehabilitation Center’s (ODRC) Lemon Shakeup stand at the Sandwich Fair on September 8. While there, the Treasurer met with staff, volunteers, and clients of the disability services organization, some of whom own IL ABLE accounts. ODRC has a long history of serving fresh lemonade and pizza at the Sandwich Fair every year.
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Students with IEPs to receive IL ABLE information at their annual meeting.
Parents, guardians, and others who support students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) should be provided with the IL ABLE brochure in their student’s annual IEP meeting. Starting with this school year, schools are now required to provide IL ABLE information to students and their supporters at their annual IEP meeting.
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Watch and hear how they “Make It Happen with Their IL ABLE Account”
IL ABLE’s “I Make it Happen with My IL ABLE Account” video campaign has launched! Six IL ABLE Account Owners share their stories about the benefits of owning an IL ABLE Account. A new video story will be released each month featuring IL ABLE Account Owners talking about how they use the money in their IL ABLE Accounts.
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IL ABLE at the Disability Pride Parade
It was a great day for the Disability Pride Parade in Chicago on July 22. This year marked the 20th anniversary for the event. The Chicago Disability Pride Parade’s mission is to promote pride among people with disabilities and celebrate disability as a “natural and beautiful part of human diversity.”
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New law requires Illinois public schools to share information at annual IEP meetings.
It’s back to school! Did you know that, with this new school year, parents and guardians of Illinois public school students who have Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) must now be provided with information about IL ABLE Accounts during the students’ annual IEP meetings?
Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has partnered with the Illinois State Board of Education to ensure that the estimated 290,000 Illinois public school students who have IEPs – many of whom are eligible to own an IL ABLE Account –will receive information about IL ABLE Accounts at every annual IEP meeting. This is thanks to legislation, sponsored by Sen. David Koehler of Peoria and Rep. Dagmara “Dee” Avelar of Bolingbrook, which passed unanimously with bipartisan support.
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Ideas for marking Disability Pride Month and the Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
July is Disability Pride Month. Each year, Disability Pride Month celebrates the rich tapestry of disability experience and honors the collective achievements and history of the disability community.
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In May, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs stopped by the Village Bakery in Oregon, IL to meet with staff, leadership, educators, and families from the community.
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Resources for understanding how IL ABLE Accounts and public benefits programs work together.
How does owning an IL ABLE Account affect eligibility for federal benefits? That is one of our most frequently asked questions! The good news is that people who are currently receiving federal benefits, or who may receive them in the future, can build savings with an IL ABLE Account and maintain eligibility for federal means-tested programs such as Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid. The following resources provide guidance on how an IL ABLE Account and public benefits programs work together.
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IL ABLE will cheer on Account Owner athletes and all of the teams that will compete at the Special Olympics Illinois Summer Games in Bloomington-Normal, IL this weekend!
Our editors connected with IL ABLE Account Owner and Special Olympics Illinois Global Messenger and athlete Zinyra “Z” Ross and her mom, Simyra. During the interview, Z shared how being a participant and owning her IL ABLE Account boosts her continued achievements as an entrepreneur, artist, disability community advocate and volunteer.
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IL ABLE was proud to be a sponsor of the Arc of Illinois’ 73rd Annual Convention, Reimagining Expectations, held April 19-20. The hybrid event welcomed nearly 350 in-person attendees and more than 100 people participating virtually. Illinois Treasurer’s Office staff had a wonderful time meeting people and sharing information about IL ABLE Accounts.
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