Breaking Down Community Boundaries as Allies alongside People with Disabilities
The Disabilities Workgroup supports the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) and the Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund (DDETF) Governing Boards.
We also support the Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds and act as a liaison to the state’s Developmental Disabilities Council.
Achieving a Better Life Experience Program (ABLE)
Washington ABLE is open for enrollments!
Washington State’s ABLE Savings Plan allows people with disabilities and their families to save for future expenses without losing their state and federal benefits. The program launched in July 2018. The funds may be used for qualified expenses that improve health, independence and/or quality of life for the beneficiary.
The Department of Commerce administers the ABLE through a collaboration with The Oregon 529 Savings Network and BNY Mellon Sumday Administration. Contact the ABLE call center at 844-600-2253 for more information.
For more information:
ABLE Program Fact Sheet (PDF)
ABLE Program Fact Sheet in Spanish (PDF)
ABLE Brochure (PDF)
National ABLE Resource Center (Web)
Social Security SI 01130.740 Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Accounts
IRS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Guidance – Section 529A (Web)
Senior Bulletin on Special Needs Trusts and ABLE (PDF)
Implications of the ABLE Act for State Medicaid Programs (PDF)
Contact Peter Tassoni, Disabilities Workgroup Manager, at 360-725-312
Developmental Disabilities Endowment Trust Fund Program (DDETF)
The DDETF is a supplemental special needs trust program established in 1999 by the Washington State Legislature. The program enables individuals with developmental disabilities, or their families and friends, to set aside funds for future use without affecting their eligibility for government services and benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid.
Funds may be used for many services not covered by other benefits, including recreation, therapy, clothing and transportation. The Department of Commerce administers the DDETF through a contract with The Arc of Washington State, who acts as the Trust Manager. Call 888-754-8798 ext. 1 for more information.
Margaret-Lee retires from the DDETF board chair
Margaret-Lee was there at the inception of DDETF as a legislative concept with former senator McDonald. She advocated for the legislation, and served two terms as a board member appointed by Governors Locke and Gregoire. She served the last seven years as the board chair. Margaret-Lee has been a dedicated and enthusiastic force behind the successful DDETF program for nearly 20 years. Thank you!
Contact Peter Tassoni about questions on the position or the process to select a new chair.
The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds Program
The Department of Commerce administers the ODDO through a contract with Disability Rights Washington.
The ODDO will provide information on rights and responsibilities of persons receiving developmental disabilities services and/or other state services. In addition, the ODDO will recommend changes in procedures to state agencies, the Governor’s Office and the State Legislature where they pertain to the needs of persons with developmental disabilities.