The ABLE Case Summary Series


The ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) is pleased to bring you a series of "ABLE Case Summaries" that articulate and illustrate ways to benefit from an ABLE account that complement continued eligibility for selected public benefits and programs and/or use of special needs trusts. These ABLE Case Summaries will be released periodically throughout 2018, one every other month starting in January.The purpose of the series is to help ABLE related stakeholder, including current and future account holders, better understand the possibilities of an ABLE account complementing other strategies to improve health, independence and quality of life.

The author of the series, James R. Sheldon, has been the Supervising Attorney of the Disability Law Unit of Neighborhood Legal Services (NLS) in Buffalo, New York since the mid 1980s.  He has extensive expertise related to Social Security and SSI disability, Medicaid, Medicare, special education, vocational rehabilitation, and a range of other disability-related issues. Over his career, Mr. Sheldon has written extensively on this topics of expertise, with more than 75 newsletters and policy briefs authored or co-authored, including a 2017, 15-page article on ABLE accounts.

Neighborhood Legal Services is a nonprofit agency in New York that provides free legal services to persons with low-income and persons with disabilities and a wide range of technical assistance and support services.  

If you have questions, comments or suggestions, please contact Chris Rodriguez, Director, ABLE National Resource Center at

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