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Tax law brings ABLE changes, future worries

Under the new tax law, individuals with disabilities will be able to save more funds to their ABLE accounts but disability advocates are concerned about possible implications, including individuals losing government benefits.

Self-advocate Kevin Fortunato poses with family who supported him after delivering keynote address at transition conference
Delawareans help open new world to disabled student

With the help of the Coulstons, a Delaware couple, Kevin Fortunato, a young adult with a mild intellectual disability who is also on the autism spectrum, discovered what he wanted to be – a full time teacher. He is also now an advocate for transition services and advocacy work.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions
Justice Department scraps ADA guidance

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is rescinding more than two dozen guidance documents, including several related to the Americans with Disabilities Act that span service animals, accessible building practices and employment.

Ryan Coleman demonstrates his squeeze machine
Delaware granddad builds squeeze machine for grandchild

Ryan Coleman, a young adult on the autism spectrum, uses a hug/squeeze machine to reduce anxiety he experiences. The machine was inspired by one created and used by Temple Grandin, a renowned professor on the autism spectrum, but built far more cheaply by Ryan’s granddad.

Senator Chris Coons
Coons’ Stop Taxing Death and Disability Act passed into law

President Trump signed into law a bill co-sponsored by Sen. Coons that eliminates a tax penalty on student loans that are forgiven due to death or permanent disability. The IRS had treated the canceled debt as income, which for some led to thousands of dollars in tax liability.