Achieving a Better Life Experience Program
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)
ABLE Brochure in Spanish (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)
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 , who acts as the Trust Manager. Call 888-754-8798 ext. 1 for more information.
Quarterly Statement Self-Service Access
Washington State Department of Commerce is pleased to offer online access to the Endowment Trust Fund System (ETFS) service. This system allows primary representatives to 1) view a trust account’s quarterly statements for the past three years, 2) view current account balance and 3) view recent transactions.
To setup your ETFS Account:
The Office of the Developmental Disabilities Ombuds Program (ODDO)
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.
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Note About the Passing of an ABLE Governing Board Member
Nathan Loose, ABLE Governing Board member, passed away June 9, 2020. He was a leader in advocacy for the rights of people with disabilities. The Board is appreciative of Nathan’s contributions to the ABLE Savings Plan. He will be greatly missed. Click here to read Nathan’s obituary