House Ways & Means Committee to Hold Markup on the Achieving a Better Life
Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647)

Advocates:   On Thursday, July 31, the House Ways & Means Committee will markup the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647)! We need your help to ensure the ABLE Act moves through the Committee process and to the House floor for a vote as quickly as possible.   Action Needed Immediately:   Please take a few minutes and contact Members of the House Ways & Means Committee to encourage all Members vote YES during Thursday’s Markup on the ABLE Act. The contact information for each House Ways & Means Committee Members’ office can be found below.

Majority Members Phone Facebook Twitter
Dave Camp, MI Chairman 202-225-3561 Dave Camp, MI Chairman RepDaveCamp
Sam Johnson, TX 202-225-4201 Sam Johnson, TX SamsPressShop
Kevin Brady, TX 202-225-4901 Kevin Brady, TX RepKevinBrady
Paul Ryan, WI 202-225-3031 Paul Ryan, WI RepPaulRyan
Devin Nunes, CA 202-225-2523 Devin Nunes, CA Rep_DevinNunes
Pat Tiberi, OH 202-225-5355 Pat Tiberi, OH TiberiPress
Dave G. Reichert, WA 202-225-7761 Dave G. Reichert, WA davereichert
Charles W. Boustany Jr., LA 202-225-2031 Charles W. Boustany Jr., LA RepBoustany
Peter J. Roskam, IL 202-225-4561 Peter J. Roskam, IL PeterRoskam
Jim Gerlach, PA 202-225-4315 Jim Gerlach, PA JimGerlach
Tom Price, GA 202-225-4501 Tom Price, GA RepTomPrice
Vern Buchanan, FL 202-225-5015 Vern Buchanan, FL VernBuchanan
Adrian Smith, NE 202-225-6435 Adrian Smith, NE RepAdrianSmith
Aaron Schock, IL 202-225-6201 Aaron Schock, IL aaronschock
Lynn Jenkins, KS 202-225-6601 Lynn Jenkins, KS RepLynnJenkins
Erik Paulsen, MN 202-225-2871 Erik Paulsen, MN RepErikPaulsen
Kenny Marchant, TX 202-225-6605 Kenny Marchant, TX RepKenMarchant
Diane Black, TN 202-225-4231 Diane Black, TN RepDianeBlack
Tom Reed, NY 202-225-3161 Tom Reed, NY RepTomReed
Tim Griffin, AR 202-225-2506 Tim Griffin, AR RepTimGriffin
Mike Kelly, PA 202-225-5406 Mike Kelly, PA MikeKellyPA
Todd Young, IN 202-225-5315 Todd Young, IN RepToddYoung
Jim Renacci, OH 202-225-3876 Jim Renacci, OH RepJimRenacci
Minority Members Phone Facebook Twitter
Sander M. Levin, MI Ranking Member 202-225-3876 Sander M. Levin, MI Ranking Member repsandylevin
Charles B. Rangel, NY 202-225-4365 Charles B. Rangel, NY cbrangel
Jim McDermott, WA 202-225-3106 Jim McDermott, WA repjimmcdermott
John Lewis, GA 202-225-3801 John Lewis, GA repjohnlewis
Richard E. Neal, MA 202-225-5601 Richard E. Neal, MA reprichardneal
Xavier Becerra, CA 202-225-6235 Xavier Becerra, CA repbecerra
Lloyd Doggett, TX 202-225-4865 Lloyd Doggett, TX replloyddoggett
Mike Thompson, CA 202-225-3311 Mike Thompson, CA repthompson
John B. Larson, CT 202-225-2265 John B. Larson, CT repjohnlarson
Earl Blumenauer, OR 202-225-4811 Earl Blumenauer, OR repblumenauer
Ron Kind, WI 202-225-5506 Ron Kind, WI repronkind
Bill Pascrell Jr., NJ 202-225-5751 Bill Pascrell Jr., NJ billpascrell
Joseph Crowley, NY 202-225-3965 Joseph Crowley, NY repjoecrowley
Allyson Schwartz, PA 202-225-6111 Allyson Schwartz, PA allysonschwartz
Danny Davis, IL 202-225-5006 Danny Davis, IL RepDannyDavis
Linda Sanchez, CA 202-225-6676 Linda Sanchez, CA replindasanchez


Ways & Means Committee Call Script:

  • As a constituent, I am calling to urge Congressman/woman [insert name] to vote YES during the House Ways & Means Committee markup on the ABLE Act (Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act) on Thursday. This bill is extremely important to my family – The ABLE Act is the most popular bill in Congress right now and has earned the support of almost 85% of the entire Congress.
  • The ABLE Act has 74 Senators and 370 Representatives cosponsoring the bill.
  • The ABLE Act would give people with disabilities and their families an ability to save for the future by establishing a tax-free 529 savings account for necessary expenses like housing, transportation, education, and medical costs associated with the disability.
  • Thank you sincerely for your boss’ leadership in helping us bring the ABLE Act up for a vote. We appreciate your boss’ support and commitment to the ABLE Act.

Social Media Advocacy:   We are encouraging advocates to Facebook/Tweet Members of the House Ways & Means Committee to demonstrate the overwhelming bipartisan support for the ABLE Act. We’ve included two sample FB/T messages along with direct links to each Member’s Facebook and Twitter handles.   Sample Facebook Post   Congressman/woman [insert last name], as your constituent, I am writing to urge you to vote YES duringThursday’s House Ways & Means Committee markup on the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act (S. 313/H.R. 647).   The ABLE Act has the support of almost 85% of the entire Congress, and would establish a tax-free 529 savings account for people with disabilities to save for necessary expenses like housing, transportation, education, and medical costs associated with the disability. The bill has 74 Senators and 370 Representatives cosponsoring the bill!   Please help us #passtheABLEact this year! We appreciate your support!   Sample Tweet    .@RepDaveCamp please help millions of Americans with disabilities & vote YES to mark up of#PasstheABLEAct@WaysandMeansGOP @WaysMeansCmte    85% of Congress agrees, #passtheABLEact. Vote YES in the #ABLEact markup!    If you have any questions, please contact Ginny Sessions at: gsessions@ndss.org.Thank you for helping us #passtheABLEact; and as Sara Wolff said in her testimony last week, this year!   Sincerely, Sara Hart Weir   For more information on the ABLE Act, please visit: http://www.ndss.org/Advocacy/Legislative-Agenda/Creating-an-Economic-Future-for-Individuals-with-Down-Syndrome/Achieving-a-Better-of-Life-Experience-ABLE-Act/

Come join us on a tasty tour of the Herr’s Potato Chip Factory

Please join us for the “Tastiest Tour In Town”!  It’s the REAL factory,
the REAL workers and the REALprocess Herr’s has perfected to make their
products taste REALLY great!
We’ll have a fun-filled morning of educational tidbits, technological feats and tasty little morsels!  Prior to the tour we will receive the inside scoop on the history of Herr’s.
  • The tour will take about 1 hour depending on the manufacturing schedule.  The tour is based around their live manufacturing and that schedule can change.
  • Please wear flat rubber soled shoes.  This is a walking tour.  There are no seating areas along the tour route.  During the tour we will walk outdoors between three different buildings.
  • Use of cameras and cell phones is not permitted on the tour.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Departure for the trip will be at 9:00 am SHARP from the Springfield Mall Parking Lot outside of Macy’s on the Baltimore Pike side.

Herr’s Snack Factory Tour
271 Old Baltimore Pike
Nottingham, PA  19362-9788

** $30.00 per person  
Includes round trip transportation, tour and lunch!
(Lunch includes: hot dog, peanut butter and jelly or chicken fingers with a small soft drink of your choice and chips.  Once registered, you will be contacted for your lunch choice as they need to be pre-ordered.)
ONLY 45 tickets are available so don’t wait…register now!!
** Transportation will be available provided the
 minimum number of participants register to attend.

Still Accepting Mini-Grant Applications for the FASD Prevention Project

The Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention Project is joining forces with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other partners to reduce the incidence of FASD through increased health care provider knowledge of the risks alcohol can pose to a fetus and the use of FASD prevention strategies. Between June 2014 and August 2016, The Arc will coordinate efforts and support chapter advocates, volunteers, and staff to personally meet with health care providers to bring them our message that no amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. In July, an FASD Prevention toolkit will be available to all chapters and the Arc will continue to award competitive mini-grants (between $500 and $2,000 depending on the scope of the local effort and the population size of the community) to those chapters that commit to implementing an outreach plan to health care providers. A simple application for the second round of funding is due by July 30. Apply now or get more information and ask questions by contacting FASDInfo@thearc.org. For more information about the FASD Prevention Project visit our website.
This project was made possible by Grant No. U1HMC26371 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration.



As a Dad today — whether full-time employee or stay-at-home Dad, married or single –  you’re setting new standards for parental involvement.  And when your son or daughter is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and requires special education services in school, the stakes are higher and your role in the process becomes all the more critical.

If you’ve found yourself sitting in a school meeting where the language, players, and processes are confusing, you’re not alone.

If you’ve questioned whether your child is actually making progress in school, you’re not alone.

If you don’t know the difference between an IEP and an IU and could sooner put together a piece of furniture from IKEA without instructions than you can interpret your child’s testing scores, you’re not alone.

This workshop will replace questions with expertise and will help you gain the information and knowledge you need to effectively advocate for your child’s needs in school.  There’s no time to waste.

WHAT:  “The Dad Dilemma: Your Child, Autism, & Special Education℠”


Thursday, July 10th, Berwyn, PA

TIME: 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m.

PRESENTER:  Debra Schafer, CEO & Founder

COST:  $75. (lunch will be provided)


  • Registration is required as seating is limited.  No walk-in registrations.
  • No refunds, however you may substitute a grandfather, uncle or similar only.
  • We recommend that you have a copy of your child’s Evaluation Report and IEP or 504 with you for reference.

Click here for Registration


The Arc of Delaware County has endorsed the Six by 15 Campaign

2015 will mark 40 years of IDEA and 25 years of the ADA.  

The Arc of Delaware County has joined the efforts of achieving six National goals by the end of 2015.   The Goals include:

Community Living
Healthy Living
Early Childhood

Click http://sixbyfifteen.org/ for further information on each of the goals.