October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and to State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald, this means celebrating the contributions of working individuals with a disability and their employers. “I recognize the abundance of valuable impacts people with disabilities have on the workplace,” said Fitzgerald. “Historically, it was difficult for an individual with a disability to maintain their benefits if they worked. This is where IAble comes in.”
Administered by Fitzgerald, IAble is Iowa’s Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) plan and allows individuals with disabilities and their support systems to save up to $16,000 per year without compromising their eligibility for federal means-tested programs. However, if an IAble account owner is earning income, they can contribute an additional $12,880 to their account in 2022. “We’ve created an Employment Toolkit to spread the word about the extra IAble benefits for working account owners,” said Fitzgerald. “Whether you’re the employee or the employer, I encourage you to check it out today!”
Employers can utilize the toolkit to familiarize themselves with IAble and the ways they can support their employees living with disabilities. Current and prospective account owners will also be able to find beneficial information in the toolkit, including directions on setting up payroll direct deposit. Find the Employment Toolkit at IAble.gov/employment.
Visit IAble.gov to learn more and read the Plan Disclosure Documents for details about the Plan. Connect with the Treasurer on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more of IAble’s NDEAM celebration. For more information on the national campaign, check out the U. S. Department of Labor at dol.gov/ndeam.