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Disability Expenses and 5 Myths Surrounding the ABLE Act

21 states currently offer these special needs savings accounts for disability expenses — with more states to follow. Products of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, ABLE Accounts empower individuals with significant disabilities to save and invest. Here’s an overview along with 5 of the biggest ABLE myths dispelled.

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act — better known to special needs advocates as ABLE — is legislation designed to level the playing field with respect to saving and investing money earmarked for disability-related expenses. The ABLE Act allows individuals to save this money tax-free without jeopardizing their eligibility for public benefits such as SSI or SSDI. Continue reading

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5 Futuristic Special Needs Technology Advancements That You’ll Just Have to See to Believe

Thought-driven bionic limbs. Eye-controlled computers. Advances in social robotics. With more awareness and funding available for special needs individuals than ever before, the cutting-edge of assistive and adaptive technology is a sight to behold. Here are 5 of our favorite special needs technology advances.

1. Introduction of the first bionic spinal cord

With recent successes in bionic limbs that include thought-controlled legs and arms, a team of Australian scientists — backed by a $2.5M sponsorship from the U.S. Army — is attempting to develop the first thought-controlled bionic spinal cord to assist soldiers with disabilities.

The implant will empower the user to control robotic limbs using only their thoughts for a period of five years. In fact, the signal has the capacity to control not only a robotic limb, but a mobile device, mobility device, or exoskeleton. Continue reading

3 Great Good Samaritan Acts

As Winter brings cold weather and record breaking snowfall amounts, it seems to also bring out peoples’ humanitarian efforts.  People have turned their kindness up to 10 and especially to individuals in wheelchairs who find themselves in precarious positions.

Here’s our favorite 3 acts of kindness that have rolled out within the last week.

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There’s nothing worse than sitting alone at a bus stop in the freezing cold in many feet of snow. Now imagine if there wasn’t a seat or any way to even stand away from the dangerous road conditions and traffic.

Massachusetts resident Kamisha was in an even worse position of being in a wheelchair where she didn’t have access to a sidewalk to stay away from the danger while she waited. Enter two young girls, Misty and Lucia Lottman who saw Kamisha’s predicament as they were leaving the library.

While they weren’t able to rectify the situation, they waited with Kamisha for over 30 minutes until her bus came and kept her company. Awesome! Read the full story here!

Fulfilling an Unspoken Need

wheelchair ipad attachmentStudents at Ben Lomond High School saw that special needs student Jeremy Dixon was having difficulty keeping up with schoolwork due to communication issues.

Lucky for Jeremy, his coach located a great iPad app that allowed him to better communicate and keep up with his classmates which opened up his world to amazing possibilities. But it gets even better.

His fellow classmates saw that the iPad was mounted to his wheelchair with twist ties and other makeshift items and they went about designing a special device using a 3-D printer to better mount his iPad for easy access and changed his life forever.  Read the full story here!

Pizza Saves The Day

Stuck in the snowLouisville resident Lisa Jumper was trying to get to her bus stop when her power wheelchair got stuck in the snow.  Luckily, a customer at the local mellow Mushroom saw her predicament and told employees of the problem.

The pizza parlor employees Ben Brooks and Vashaun Banks grabbed shovels and not only dug her out, but also cleared the path for her all the way to the bus stop over a block away. Mama Mia!  Read the full story here!

Thank you to these amazing good Samaritans and tune in early next week for part 2 of our Good Samaritan series with a good deeds for our men in uniform.

Which of these stories is your favorite?