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Brown Bag Lunch: ABLE Accounts: What are they? How you can use them in 2019 and beyond
Mayer Brown
1999 K ST NW.
Washington, DC 20006
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT
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WHF Brown Bag Lunch: ABLE Accounts: What are they? How you can use them in 2019 and beyond

WHF Brown Bag Lunches are open to members only, at no charge. Not a member? Call WHF at 703-683-4742 and we will be happy to assist in signing you up for membership.

This event is off the record.  

Speaker: Sara Weir, CEO, National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS)

Under Weir’s leadership, NDSS led the bipartisan advocacy effort behind the passage of the landmark, historical Stephen Beck Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act in 2014, and the state advocacy effort to enact 49 state ABLE laws as well as played a significant role in launching over 40 state ABLE plans. The ABLE Act established tax-free savings accounts for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities so they can save money without affecting their means-tested benefits, like Medicaid and SSI. The ABLE Act is hailed as the most significant legislation for the disability community since the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Weir will discuss the creation of ABLE Accounts, how to open and maintain these accounts and the positive impact that these accounts can have on individuals with disabilities and their families.

Date: January 29, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm 
Location: Mayer Brown, 1999 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006
Metro: Farragut North & West


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Speaker Bios

Sara Hart Weir, MS, is the President & C.E.O. of the National Down Syndrome Society. An Olathe, Kansas native, Weir’s passion of fighting for the human rights of all people with Down syndrome stems from her experience as a peer mentor and friend to a young woman with Down syndrome, Kasey, over two decades ago. As NDSS’ President & C.E.O., Weir oversees the organization’s mission, vision and administration, which is the largest nonprofit in the United States dedicated to advocating for people with Down syndrome and their families. Weir’s philosophy to effective advocacy is “to be at the table” and she works each day to ensure people with Down syndrome earn and are represented at every table where critical decisions are made – whether it’s the White House, the US Congress, the United Nations or in state capitals across the country. 

Weir has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Political Leadership from Westminster College and a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College.

Weir is an international expert and featured speaker on nonprofit leadership, Down syndrome, advocacy, the ABLE Act and human rights for people with disabilities. Weir has been featured in USA Today, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Washington Post, CNN, Fox News, The Hill, Money Magazine, Al Jazeera and many others.