Enable Alabama Good News Corner

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

At Enable Alabama, we continuously strive to celebrate Account Owners while advancing disability inclusion and awareness. The month of October is an exciting time - from Halloween, Down Syndrome Awareness Month and World Cerebral Palsy Day to Spina Bifida Awareness Day - there is no shortage of causes for celebration.
 

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National Preparedness Month: Four Tips for Financial Success

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

September is National Preparedness Month, and here at the Enable Savings Plan we are doing our part to help ensure you are prepared when it comes to your finances. Read on for our favorite tips to help keep you accountable and set you up for financial success in the long term.

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ABLE to Work Act: Bringing Disability Inclusion to Labor Day

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

At Enable Alabama, our job is to help individuals with disabilities save for qualified expenses, providing a path to financial independence and opening doors to disability inclusion. This Labor Day we are celebrating these efforts, and the many benefits that Enable Alabama provides for individuals with disabilities in the workforce and beyond.

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Answering Common Account Owner Questions

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

Our mission at Enable Alabama is to make our Account Owners’ savings journey as simple and transparent as possible. To help you stay on track with your savings goals and keep you informed about your account, we’ve highlighted a few of the most common questions we receive from Account Owners.

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National Simplify Your Life Week: How to Simplify Your Savings

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

It can often be easy to get caught up in the hubbub of the everyday, and forget to keep the big picture in mind. But National Simplify Your Life Week is a reminder to do just that – take a break from all the commotion, evaluate your options and use the features and tools Enable offers to make life a little easier. Taking a moment to focus on your Enable Savings Plan Alabama account is a great way to start. 

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Honoring the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

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.

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Disability Pride

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

The disability community at large continuously serves as a great inspiration-from individuals achieving universally ambitious goals such as competing in the Special Olympics to becoming leaders in fields that they're most passionate about - I never cease to be amazed. This is why we have made it our mission at Enable Alabama to make sure all individuals receive fair and equal opportunities when it comes to their finances, and continuously strive to advocate on behalf of the amazing individuals within the disability community.

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Celebrating Financial Independence

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

With Independence Day next week, we at Enable Alabama are reflecting on the progress that the disability community has made towards securing and strengthening one of the most important freedoms we should all have access to: financial independence.

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Enable Alabama Summer News

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

School’s out, the sun is shining and summer fun is officially in session! Here at the Enable Savings Plan Alabama, we’re kicking off the season by highlighting the many activities and events going on in our community.  

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Enable Alabama’s Top Five Tips for Smart Summer Finances

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

Spending can often increase in the summer months, and forethought and planning are key tools to keep you on budget and worry-free. To help you coast through the summer, we’re sharing our top five strategies for smart summer spending:

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Q&A with Easterseals Alabama

 

Authors: Lynne Stokley, CEO, Easterseals Alabama and Debbie Lynn, Executive Director, Easterseals Central Alabama

We spoke to Easter Alabama —an organization that serves children and adults with disabilities and special needs in Alabama—to learn more about the range of opportunities they offer to individuals across the state.

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Why Enable Alabama Accounts are an Important Element of Disability Inclusion

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

From well-rounded employee recruitment processes to accessible commuter transportation options for people of all abilities, disability inclusion creates a better standard of living for us all. At its core, disability inclusion means access—that is, access to the same opportunities and activities that those without disabilities are privy to.

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Financial Literacy Month: Tips to Better Navigate your Finances

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

When it comes to saving and planning for disability-related expenses, financial literacy is an integral part of the journey. In honor of April’s Financial Literacy Month, we drew up a plan of action to help Account Owners navigate their finances with even greater confidence.

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Answering Common Account Owner Questions

 

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your savings journey. The most successful monetary strategies are those grounded in a comprehensive understanding of what your choices are and how you can utilize your savings plan to maximize your potential for growth.

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Tax Reform Refresher

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act was passed in 2014 to better provide individuals and families with a tax-deferred savings option for qualified disability-related expenses. As a refresher, the following tax reforms affecting ABLE accounts have provided Enable Savings Plan Alabama Account Owners added flexibility.

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What I Love About Enable Alabama

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

I’ve found a community with the Enable Savings Plan Alabama. Since joining First National Bank of Omaha as the Enable Outreach Specialist in 2017, I’ve had the pleasure of working closely with our Account Owners and partners to develop relationships that extend beyond discussions of finances and savings.

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The ABC’s of the Enable Savings Plan Alabama

 

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

From building your savings to managing your finances, the Enable Alabama team is here to help you get the most out of your account. To keep you informed about all things Enable Alabama we’ve created a list of Enable Alabama ABC’s – because understanding key terms should be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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Keep Up with Your Resolutions to Save

 

Author: Terry Severson, Director of Marketing, First National Bank

While we at Enable Alabama are confident that you can do whatever it is you set your mind to in the coming year, know that you’re not alone if you encounter some obstacles while trying to achieve your savings goals in 2019.

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Why I’m Thankful for Enable Alabama

 

Author: Anita Kelley, Enable Savings Plan Alabama Director

I am thankful for ABLE and a career that has allowed me to go all over Alabama and talk to so many people about this wonderful program. I am grateful that as of 2014, individuals with disabilities attained before age 26 can now save up to $100,000 in an Enable Savings account.

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Humanitarian Spotlight: Helen Keller

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha 

Here at Enable Alabama, we believe that anything is possible, and that opportunities should be afforded to individuals of all abilities.

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Summer Fun for Every Ability

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

One exciting way to make the most of summertime is to enroll in a summer camp or program, opening up a host of opportunities to try something different, form friendships and build new skills.

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This Mother’s Day, we Celebrate the Moms of Enable Alabama

Author:  Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

Since launching Enable Alabama, my life has been touched by so many different mothers, bound together by a common thread—each one serving as their child’s number-one advocate, fighting for inclusivity while also ensuring they have access to the funds they need to achieve a better life.

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Recognizing National MS Education and Awareness Month

Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist

March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month (MS), a time centered on raising awareness for the 2.3 million people with MS worldwide, illuminating research efforts, and working to spread hope and support for those affected.

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Enable Savings Plan Alabama: A Year in Review

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

One of my favorite sayings has always been “Celebrate what you accomplish, but raise the bar each time you succeed.” Looking back on the past year, it is clear that the Enable Savings Plan Alabama has perfectly embodied this expression since its launch in February.

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This Holiday Season, Consider the Gift of Financial Independence

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

With the hectic holiday season operating in full swing, the clock is ticking for finding the perfect gift. Facing long lines and crowded department stores can be a hassle—especially if the present will only be returned or exchanged later on.

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Giving Thanks for the Ability to Save

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank

With Thanksgiving two short days away, I have not only been pining to gather with my family, but I’ve also been reflecting on the many things, people, and experiences I am thankful for.

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This Friday is World Cerebral Palsy Day: Q&A with United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Alabama

Author: Amelis Long, Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

This Friday, October 6th, World Cerebral Palsy Day will be observed around the globe. In recognition of this important day, we spoke with Alison Isbell, Executive Director of United Cerebral Palsy of Northwest Alabama, to find out more about how the organization is spreading awareness of Cerebral Palsy and helping individuals with a range of disabilities and their families in Alabama.

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Imagine the Realities

Author: Isaac Beavers, Regional Director, Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind

I am Blind…

I wonder what images this statement conjured in your mind. Did you see a disheveled man sitting on a street corner playing guitar near an open case?

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Back to School with Enable Alabama Savings

Author: Terry Severson, Director, Savings Plans Marketing, First National Bank of Omaha

It’s that time of year again—summer is ending and students, parents, and teachers across the country are preparing to return to school. As we brace ourselves for the new school year, I am reminded of a great story I recently encountered:

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Happy Fourth of July

Author: Deborah Goodkin, Managing Director, Savings Plans, First National Bank of Omaha

On behalf of the entire Enable Alabama team, we want to wish you and your families a safe and happy Fourth of July! On this day, we’re always reminded about the freedom and independence that our Founding Father’s fought so hard for.

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Where We Are Now

Author: Anita Kelley, Enable Savings Plan Alabama Director

Yesterday marked the fourth month since the Enable Savings Plan Alabama launched. These past months have been exciting, rewarding and educational for all of us in the Alabama Treasurer’s Office. 

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Summer Savings Tips

Author: Joanna Swanson, Head of Direct Sales, First National Bank of Omaha

Happy first day of summer! Here at Enable AL, we hope your summer is filled with sun and fun. But summer is not all play. For many of our account holders, this marks the start of their summer jobs.

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Why I Encourage Families to Open an ABLE Account

Author: Joy Cox, Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professional and Work Incentives Practitioner with The Arc of Madison County, Alabama

The American Dream has been sold to millions of people. We’ve raised our children to believe they could be anything, do anything, and have anything if they work hard for it.

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This Week is Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 18)

Author: Anita Kelley, Enable Savings Plan Alabama Director, Alabama State Treasury

In today's day and age, almost everything can now be accessed online or digitally. In fact, a majority of people use digital versions of books and receive most of their news through online websites,

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How to Open an Enable Savings Plan Alabama — Step-by-Step Guide

Author: Anita Kelley, Director, College Savings Plans, Alabama State Treasury

Congratulations on making the decision to enroll in an Enable Savings Plan Alabama! Now the next step is to actually get your plan open—and I’m here to help. Below, I’ve provided a step-by-step guide to lead you through the enrollment process.

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Qualifying Qualified Expenses

Author: Anita Kelley, Enable Savings Plan Alabama Director, Alabama State Treasury

Now that we’ve officially launched the Enable Savings Plan Alabama, it’s time to start thinking about what you will use your account to finance. Will you use your account for everyday expenses, to save for your long-term needs, or both?

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Recapping the Launch Event of Enable Savings Plan Alabama

Author: Amelis Long, ‎Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

I’ve always enjoyed the wait. The anticipation is thrilling, as my attention is captured by a countdown. Whether waiting for the first day of summer break or that Amazon package in the mail, excitement always builds.

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Travel Tips for Your Summer Vacation

Author: Amelis Long, Enable Outreach Specialist, First National Bank of Omaha

Summer is a popular time for families to travel—school is out, the weather is warm, and vacation days are ready to be used. Whether you fly across the world,

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