Author: Alabama State Treasurer John McMillan
Nearly three decades ago, many curbs were not ramped, service animals were not always allowed into businesses like banks and hospitals and public spaces were very often inaccessible.
The tide shifted, however, on July 26, 1990, when the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed. An expansion of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, the ADA made it possible for individuals with disabilities to engage in everyday activities and pursue opportunities without facing either passive or active discrimination, such as inaccessible establishments and obstacles to employment, respectively.
The ADA is a landmark bill that paved the way for the institution and success of subsequent legislation like the ABLE Act, which, in turn, allowed for the development of savings plans like the Enable Savings Plan Alabama.
In keeping with the intentions of the ADA, Enable Alabama serves the disability community by allowing individuals with disabilities and their families to save for the expenses of daily life, as well as for the added costs associated with living with a disability.
At Enable Alabama, our mission is to provide individuals with disabilities a service that encourages them to be active and successful participants in saving for their current and future expenses. Everybody deserves access to financial security regardless of ability, and we are constantly working to provide a robust savings plan that helps individuals with disabilities achieve financial freedom without impacting their current benefits from programs like SSI and Medicaid.
This July, I invite you to join us in celebrating the 29th anniversary of the ADA and the monumental effects it has had on increasing opportunities and expanding rights for individuals with disabilities. The Enable Savings Plan Alabama and state of Alabama are proud to support the ADA in its work to champion individuals with disabilities.