What Do Three Chicago-Area Families have in Common?

They are Making a Difference for Their Kids’ Futures

This month, Chicago Parent Magazine Special Parent issue features the Marchialettes, the Christensens and the Butlers,  three families that have different lives and different needs.  But they have two things in common:  they each have a child with a disability, and they are saving with Illinois ABLE accounts to ensure bright, fulfilling futures for their kids.

Read their Special Parent story here.

Illinois ABLE is Proud to Help Light it Up Blue to Raise Autism Awareness this month!

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.

Treasurer Frerichs Takes the Polar Plunge

March 3 in Chicago was a windy, gray day with about a 15-degree wind chill – so cold that machines had to be used to break the ice for the annual Chicago Special Olympics Polar Plunge.   But that didn’t stop State Treasurer Frerichs from taking the Plunge to support two great ways that individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities can build greater independence and quality of life: Illinois ABLE and Special Olympics.

 

 

 

Illinois ABLE accounts give eligible individuals with disabilities a new way to save funds for greater financial independence and participation in community life.  Special Olympics programs provide opportunities for athletes to develop skills and capacities that can contribute to greater independence and full life. Congratulations to all of the Plungers!

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For facts about ABLE, visit our new FAQs web page.

I Really Appreciate the Illinois ABLE Account for My Son

Joseph’s family was one of the first to open an Illinois ABLE account two years ago. His mom shared her experience with accessABLE to help teach other families who have children with disabilities about Illinois ABLE accounts.   Here is her story of how Illinois ABLE is helping her prepare her son for a bright financial future.

Contributing to an Illinois ABLE account this Holiday Season? Your contribution may be tax deductible!

Are you thinking of contributing to the Illinois ABLE account of a friend or loved one this year?  Good News! If you are an Illinois taxpayer, you can now take a deduction from your Illinois state income taxes when you contribute to an Illinois ABLE account.