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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut

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“I want to thank Representative Esty for enthusiastically co-sponsoring the ABLE At and giving her support and help to all individuals with intellectual disabilities. As my wife and I looked into our 13 year old son’s future, we were shocked to learn how

December 16, 2014
Constituent Corner

 

December 16, 2014

The Hickey family from Danbury visited my D.C. office to express their support for the ABLE Act, which helps individuals with disabilities and their families. Their advocacy inspired me to cosponsor the bill, and I am proud to say Congress passed it with bipartisan support.

“I want to thank Representative Esty for enthusiastically co-sponsoring the ABLE At and giving her support and help to all individuals with intellectual disabilities. As my wife and I looked into our 13 year old son’s future, we were shocked to learn how current laws would penalize him and others like him with intellectual disabilities. He talks now of having a job, but current law would penalize him for working and saving money because he could lose public assistance such as housing and Medicaid. That’s a scary proposition. Passage of the ABLE Act will allow him to have the satisfaction of earning and saving money for himself. He will be able to afford assistive technologies, housing, job training, and transportation, while enjoying the pleasures of life that many of us take for granted.”

Eugene Hickey, Danbury