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Treasurer Malek recognizes Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Friday, March 01, 2024
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Contact: Kern Chhikara 573-751-5390

JEFFERSON CITY, MO – National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month begins today, first proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987. Missouri State Treasurer Vivek Malek echoes President Reagan’s call to provide people with developmental disabilities “both encouragement and the opportunities they need to lead productive lives and to achieve their full potential.

"Developmental Disabilities Month serves as a reminder to the importance of recognizing and supporting individuals with disabilities in our community," said Treasurer Malek.  "I hope this month will bring awareness to many wonderful resources offered across the state of Missouri, such as the MO ABLE program and the sheltered workshops. We are here to help Missourians pursue their dreams, so that individuals with disabilities can thrive and contribute their talents and skills.”

MO ABLE accounts provide financial independence and empowerment for individuals with disabilities by dramatically increasing the ability to save and invest. Through, eligible Missourians with disabilities have the opportunity to open an investment account and save money without losing eligibility for other benefits, such as Medicaid or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Money from MO ABLE accounts may be spent for qualified expenses, including basic living costs, housing, transportation, employment training, education, health and wellness, and financial management.

On Saturday, March 16, Treasurer Malek will visit the Special Olympics Missouri “State Indoor games” to raise awareness about the program and support the achievements of individuals with disabilities.

Join Treasurer Malek in celebrating Developmental Disabilities Month and supporting the empowerment of individuals with disabilities in Missouri! For more information about the MO ABLE program and its services, please visit or contact (800) 439-1653.





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