Empowering the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community with ABLE Accounts: Insights from CSD Learns and NAST Webinar

April 27, 2023

CSD Learns hosted a webinar on February 22, 2023, with National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) focused on introducing ABLE accounts and how it benefits the deaf and hard of hearing community. This webinar was hosted in part of the partnership announcement between CSD Learns and NAST earlier in the month on the creation of a webcast video explaining ABLE accounts in American Sign Language.  

The webinar is now available for those who missed it.

The webinar was hosted by Eric Ochmanek, Program Director of ABLE today, and Megan Klusza, on the behalf of CSD Learns. Eric and Megan covered the basics of ABLE accounts and showed clips of the 29-minute webcast*. They also answered live questions from the audience. The goal of this event was to provide information to individuals with disabilities, their families, and professionals who support them.  

*The webcast is available with Spanish subtitles.  

What are ABLE accounts? 

Created by the federal government in 2014, ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts that allow individuals with disabilities to save for qualified disability expenses without affecting their eligibility for government benefits. Funds in an ABLE account are tax-free and can be used for a variety of expenses related to the individual’s disability.  

How to Qualify and Get an ABLE Account 

Individuals must have a disability that occurred before the age of 26 to be eligible for an ABLE account. It must be a long term disability and in addition, one of the following criteria must be met: 

(1) you are eligible to receive SSI or SSDI; 

(2) you have a condition on the SSA’s List of Compassionate Allowances Conditions;  


(3) you have a written diagnosis from a doctor* 

*Taken from 

When ready, choose a state program and open an account through the program’s website. To get started, go to NAST’s website and choose your state for the next steps.  

To watch the full webcast video on ABLE account in ASL, watch below:

CSD Learns aims to create equity and give the community resources for self-improvement and advocacy. The program’s goal is to provide equity for deaf people in the workplace and give people the tools for self-improvement and autonomous social mobility. By providing self-paced online courses with visual and auditory paths for interaction, we ensure that people from all intersections can engage with our content and build their own pathways to success. CSD Learns’ courses can be accessed by any individual, school, or organization at no cost.
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