Ohio Down Syndrome Awareness License Plate
We are pleased to announce that Ohio Down Syndrome Awareness license plates are available for purchase through any Ohio BMV beginning on April 6, 2017! For every license plate sold, $25 goes back to support advocacy and awareness efforts of the Down Syndrome Associations in Ohio.
We are very thankful for the support of State Senator Joe Uecker, who introduced Senate Bill 359 and lead to the eventual passage of House Bill 455. House Bill 455 was signed into law by Governor Kasich on January 4, 2017.
Federal Advocacy Initiatives
Thanks to advocacy leadership at the federal level, as well as statewide collaboration within Ohio, ABLE to Work Act along with the ABLE Financial Planning Act, which allows ABLE beneficiaries to roll over their regular 529 savings accounts to 529A (ABLE) accounts, passed through the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Trump on December 20, 2017.
These bills, respectively, were known as the ABLE to Work Act (S. 818/H.R. 1896)and the ABLE Financial Planning Act (S. 816/ H.R. 1897), and both bills garnered bipartisan support from members of Congress who were willing to listen and ready to act on improving the rights of individuals with Down syndrome and other disabilities.
For more information on ABLE to Work, please click the following link: ABLE to Work Q&A.
State Advocacy Initiatives
Organ Transplant Waitlist Anti-Discrimination– House Bill 332
In September, House Bill 332 was introduced by State Representative Niraj Antani (R-Miamisburg) to ensure that individuals with disabilities will not be banned from an organ transplant waitlist solely based on their disability. Click here to read the full press release, including all of Ohio's Down Syndrome Associations who are in support and partnership in introducing this legislation.
On January 25, 2018, the Ohio House of Representatives unanimously voted in favor of this bill. We hope to see this move through the Senate in the next session.
Want to get involved?
Contact your local legislator to tell them why they should vote in favor of H.B. 332!
Not sure who your local Representative is or what district you’re in? Click here for a listing by county.
Have specific questions regarding advocacy? Please find and contact your local Down Syndrome Association for support. Not sure who your local Down Syndrome Association is? Check out our "Get Connected" tab to find an association in your region!