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The Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act of 2014



May 27, 2015


The Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act of 2014 authorizes each state to establish a Qualified ABLE Program to offer savings and investment options to individuals with a disability and their families for disability-related expenditures. Earnings in these accounts will be tax-free under Section 529A of the Internal Revenue Code as long as the funds are used to pay for qualified disability expenditures such as education, health, financial management services, housing, and transportation of a Beneficiary. An ABLE account is intended to supplement, but not replace, the benefits provided through private insurances, Medicaid, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), the Beneficiary’s employment, and other sources.


The Florida Prepaid College Fund encourages you to provide your guidance and input for the creation of the Florida ABLE Program. To do so, please complete a short survey at


The last day to complete this survey is May 31, 2015.


Input received from the survey above will assist in the development of a Qualified ABLE Program in Florida and will specifically guide the investment options that will be offered. For additional information about the Florida ABLE program, please visit


Passage of the ABLE Act in the Florida Legislature

April 24, 2015

The Achieving a Better Life Act (ABLE Act) passed this morning in the Florida Legislature. The Arc of Florida, along with the late Representative Clay Ford was recognized from the floor of the House Chamber for their advocacy efforts in passage of the Act.  Michele Poole, former Board President of The Arc of Florida, strongly advocated for this legislation on behalf of her daughter Gabrielle Poole and others throughout Florida with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Pictured above are from left to right: John Finch, Representative Mike Hill, Dixie Sansom, Representative Ray Rodriquez the bill sponsor, Deborah Linton, Jim DeBeaurgrine and Alisha Linton as they celebrate the passage of the Act.


Congratulations Sheldon Herschman, Executive Director, The Arc Tampa Bay, Winner of this Year's Ivan Canuteson Award

March 5, 2015

The Ivan Canuteson Award is given each year to a local Arc Chapter Executive Director who demonstrates a commitment to engaging their local legislative delegation as well as the entire Florida Legislature to improve the quality of life for individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Ivan was a local Arc Chapter Executive Director who was relentless in pursing legislative initiatives to benefit those individuals he served.

This year, The Arc of Florida is proud to present Mr. Sheldon Herschman, the Executive Director of The Arc Tampa Bay in Clearwater, Florida the Ivan Cantueson Legislative Leadership Award.

Sheldon has demonstrated a commitment to working on issues even larger than those faced by just the individuals served in his chapter. He has spent hours ferreting out the details of various issues and he, along with his board have made 11 legislative visits this year to carry the Arc platform issues.

On behalf of the membership of The Arc of Florida, thank you for all that you have done and congratulations on the Ivan Canuteson Legislative Leadership Award.

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