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Treasurer Fitzgerald Commemorates Working Individuals with Disabilities

October 5, 2021

Des Moines, Iowa – October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and to State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald, this means commemorating the contributions individuals living with disabilities make to America’s workforce. “I want to give a big thank you to working individuals with disabilities,” said Fitzgerald. “This month, I am joining IAble to celebrate you!”

National Disability Employment Awareness Month is celebrated each October to recognize the many and varied impacts people with disabilities have on the workplace. “While many individuals with disabilities are employed, having the means to save their income is still an issue,” commented Fitzgerald. “This is where IAble comes in.”

IAble, a program administered by Fitzgerald, allows individuals with disabilities and their support systems to save for qualified disability expenses without compromising their eligibility for federal means-tested programs. IAble allows account owners to save up to $15,000 a year without losing public benefits. However, if the account owner is a working individual, an additional $12,760 can be contributed to the account. “With IAble, individuals can earn an income, save their money and spend it on expenses to help them improve their quality of life, health or independence,” continued Fitzgerald. “All while still maintaining their benefits.”

To support working individuals with disabilities, Treasurer Fitzgerald and IAble created an Employment Toolkit for both employers and employees. Employers can utilize the toolkit to familiarize themselves with IAble and the ways they can support their employees living with disabilities. Account owners and prospective participants will also be able to find beneficial information in the toolkit, including the benefits of IAble as it relates to employment and directions on setting up payroll direct deposit. Find the Employment Toolkit at https://www.iable.gov/resources/about-us/employment-toolkit.

For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month, check out the Department of Labor’s page at dol.gov/ndeam. Visit IAble.gov and follow the Treasurer on Twitter and Facebook for updates and facts about the program.

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