Written by CPSD Ruderman fellow Richard Luecking, the brief highlights how emerging research and models of transition to employment illustrate the possibilities of ensuring that successful adult employment can be more the norm than the exception for youth, aged 14-24 with significant disabilities. Evolving federal transition and disability employment policy also presumes and supports that all individuals with disabilities are employable. The brief illustrates that through WIOA there is a path to a seamless transition to competitive, integrated employment for youth with significant disabilities.
In spite of research that shows that the way to successful post school outcomes is to begin the transition to post-school activities at age 14, and the best way to prepare a student for work is through real work experiences, many schools still do not presume employability and refer students to sheltered workshops and segregated employment.
The State of Tennessee has launched the country’s second ABLE program called ABLE TN. ABLE TN is a national program, offering enrollment to qualified individuals with disabilities both in Tennessee and throughout the country.
ABLE TN allows qualified individuals with disabilities to save up to $14,000 a year in an ABLE account without jeopardizing their eligibility for federally-funded means tested benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid. Like all ABLE programs, the earning limit imposed by Social Security still applies. The funds in the account can be used for disability-related expenses that assist the beneficiary.
For information on ABLE TN and how to enroll, please visit www.abletn.gov. For more information related to ABLE programs and accounts in general and for the latest news regarding other state programs, please visit the ABLE National Resource Center at www.ablenrc.org.