Marshall University and State Treasurer to host awareness event for WVABLE program tomorrow

Marshall and West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue will host a community awareness event and press conference at 11 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center to educate individuals about a new program for people with disabilities. The West Virginia Achieving a Better Life Experience program, known as WVABLE, provides people with disabilities an opportunity to save and invest without jeopardizing needs-based public benefits.

Perdue and Dr. Marc Ellison from The West Virginia Autism Training Center will speak about the program, followed by WVABLE enrollment opportunities. Exhibitors from WVABLE and partners who serve individuals with disabilities will have displays and answer questions.

WVABLE, launched this year, helps individuals with disabilities put aside money without the risk of losing benefits such as SSI or Medicaid. Individuals may save up to $15,000 per year in a WVABLE account, with earnings accumulating tax-free. The savings may be used for qualified expenses, such as rent, transportation, education and training.