Author: Diane Stewart, Enable Outreach Specialist
Happy Down Syndrome Awareness Month! This month serves as a global celebration of individuals with Down syndrome, and the positive impact they have on their families and communities.
In celebration of this month, Enable has put together some tips to benefit our Account Owners with Down syndrome. Read on to learn more:
Incorporate Assistive Technology:
There are many software options that provide supplemental support in educational endeavors for individuals with disabilities both in and out of the classroom. Ginger is a keyboard assistive technology with word prediction and sentence rephrase features that allow users to type with greater ease. Additionally, Simple Smartphone is an assistive app that allows automatic updates of the latest software, and allows “chosen” family members to receive access to certain information about the user in case of an emergency, simplifying phone use for individuals and their families.
Connect with your Community:
There are many great community organizations within Nebraska and across the country to explore. For example, The Arc is a national volunteer-based membership organization whose primary role is to advocate for the rights and protections of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. With hundreds of chapters across the country, getting involved with your local group can serve as an excellent community resource.
Other local organizations, such as Down Syndrome Association for Families of Nebraska,
Down Syndrome Advocates in Action Nebraska and Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands provide unique and rewarding opportunities to get to know your local community and build lasting skills, friendships and connections.
Use Your Enable Account for Qualifying Expenses:
Many services you use may be considered a Qualified Disability Expense, so make sure to take advantage and tap into your Enable savings to pay for these related - from housing and transportation expenses to health care related expenses and educational support. Read up on the full list of Qualified Disability Expenses to see what else your Enable account can cover.
Have a question about Qualified Disability Expenses and what your account can cover? The Enable team remains ready to answer any and all questions that new and current Account Owners may have as they navigate the savings landscape. Feel free to get in touch with us at 1-844-362-2534 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.