I don't know what type of job Kayla will have in the future, but do any parents know that of their young teens? I am optimistic that she will find her niche, eventually, and be employed doing something she wants to do.
What I do know is my vision for her employment is to see her out in the community being gainfully and meaningfully employed and that doesn't include a sheltered workshops. I know a lot of states, like Vermont, have done away with those type of job set-ups, but that's still the reality for a lot of people with disabilities - even when they are capable of performing work outside of that setting.
The NDSC Action Center has information on contacting your representatives asking them to sponsor the ABLE to Work Act and the ABLE Financial Planning Act. These bills would strengthen the landmark Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act that allows for tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. It is easy to fill out the form and modify the letter, if needed, and then submit automatically to your representatives.
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