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:

Carter, a teen from Illinois who has Down syndrome, was accepted to the University of Iowa’s Reach Program, which allows teens with developmental disabilities to attend classes that help them learn to get a job and achieve independence. It also allows the students to live in a dorm and have the full college experience.

Carter’s reaction to his acceptance was captured in an inspiring video filled with excitement, gratitude, and even a few tears. I was equally proud of him—and hope to see more universities implement programs to make education inclusive for individuals with disabilities.  

At Enable, we strive to encourage our account owners’ education goals. As you or your loved one heads back to school, remember that education expenses, including tuition for pre-school through post-secondary schools, are qualified disability expenses that Enable savings can be used to pay for.

On behalf of the entire Enable team, have a great school year. We know you’ll meet amazing new friends and educators. We’d love to see your back to school pictures—feel free to tag us on Facebook using @EnableSavingsPlan.  

Read more about Carter’s story here: