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Feeling Secure with ABLEnow


Catherine Sokol was born with a form of dwarfism called metatropic dysplasia. While she requires physical assistance for many day-to-day tasks, she does whatever she can to build the best life possible. For Catherine, this means building a sense independence, including financial independence.

Catherine works full-time at Carahsoft Technology in Virginia and wants the freedom to plan for her future, like other young adults. However, she faces challenges that some do not. Due to her disability and need for government services and supports, Catherine understands the reality of her circumstances. She is limited to no more than $2,000 in assets. In addition, she is not allowed to open a standard retirement account.

Desiring more freedom and security beyond such limits, Catherine discovered ABLEnow in 2019. She quickly opened an account. With the earnings from her job, Catherine started to save for her future.

“I can feel more secure. This peace-of-mind is invaluable,” Catherine said.

Catherine views her ABLEnow account as a long-term savings option, and she appreciates the peace-of-mind it offers. If necessary, she can pay for medical bills or other unexpected emergencies. Catherine is also excited to save money to purchase a wheelchair accessible van one day.

During her free time, Catherine loves to hang out with her family and friends, cook, read, go to the theater, and travel to new places.

She also spreads the word about the ABLEnow program to anyone who is ABLE-eligible. “What are you waiting for? There’s no cost to enroll and takes just a few minutes online,” explains Catherine.

Catherine Sokol is a compensated representative for the ABLEnow program. Her experience may not be representative of other account owners.

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