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Treasurer Fitzpatrick Highlights National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Tuesday, October 01, 2019
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Jefferson City, MO – Missouri State Treasurer Scott Fitzpatrick today announced plans to recognize National Disability Employee Awareness Month with activities across the state throughout October.


Treasurer Fitzpatrick will participate in a number of events including visiting businesses and organizations who employ and provide job-training for individuals with disabilities, meeting with business leaders to encourage adding payroll deductions for MO ABLE accounts to company benefits packages, and providing MO ABLE presentations to disability groups across the state.


                “MO ABLE makes it possible for Missourians with disabilities to save money without losing access to federal benefits like Medicaid and SSI—essentially, it makes it possible to have a job and financial independence,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am pleased to recognize the important contributions of Missourians with disabilities to the state’s workforce, as well as encourage our business leaders to help make it easier for those with disabilities, and their families, to save money.”


                “One of the biggest barriers to employment for people with disabilities, is a fear of losing federal benefits. MO ABLE helps eliminate that barrier,” Vicky Davidson, Executive Director of the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) said. “MODDC is proud to work with Treasurer Fitzpatrick to increase participation of Missourians with disabilities in MO ABLE. We encourage businesses to hire individuals with disabilities and benefit from the many talents these individuals will bring to your businesses.”


                The Treasurer’s Office administers MO ABLE, Missouri’s ABLE plan. MO ABLE allows individuals with disabilities, and their families, to save and invest, tax-free, without losing their federal benefits like Medicaid and SSI. With nearly 1200 MO ABLE accounts, Missouri has one of the largest programs in the country.


National Disability Employment Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness about disability employment opportunities and issues as well as celebrate the contributions of workers with disabilities.


Treasurer Fitzpatrick will be in the Kansas City area today visiting Ability KC Industries and participating in MO ABLE presentations at Hocker Heights and Pleasant Heights with the Independence Housing Authority. Details about future events will be sent out as media advisories.



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