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Lyft and National Down Syndrome Society Partner Together to Remove Transportation Barriers Through ABLE Accounts

Our mission at Lyft is to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation, and to bring communities together. Today, we’re excited to announce that we are continuing to expand our work to remove transportation barriers by partnering with the National Down Syndrome Society to connect thousands of people with disabilities to Lyft for affordable, convenient transportation through ABLE accounts.

ABLE accounts are tax-advantaged savings accounts for individuals with disabilities and their families. These accounts, approximately 20,000 nationwide, enable people with disabilities to become eligible for certain public and private benefits, including Lyft. ABLE accounts that issue debit cards can connect directly to Lyft’s payment platform, to seamlessly request and pay for rides.

Together with the National Down Syndrome Society, we’re bringing the ease and affordability of Lyft to thousands of current account holders, through the Oregon ABLE plan and the nationally available Ohio STABLE plan, and many of them are already using their ABLE account debit cards for Lyft rides. Now, account holders residing across all 50 states can benefit from increased mobility options to get to work, college classes, medical appointments, social engagements, and more. Given the estimated 8 million Americans who are eligible for ABLE accounts, there is enormous potential to improve lives together.

"We are thrilled that more individuals in the disability community will have access to affordable, convenient transportation with their ABLE Account debit cards," National Down Syndrome Society President and CEO Sara Weir said. "As the leading human rights organization for individuals with Down syndrome, we are proud to partner with companies like Lyft who share our values of inclusion and independence."

We look forward to continuing to expand our efforts to reduce transportation barriers for communities across the US, through partnerships like these, and with the National Association of the Deaf, the National Federation for the Blind, and our work with Aira.

To link your ABLE account to Lyft:

  • Open the Lyft app

  • Tap your picture in the top-left corner

  • Tap the ‘Payment’ tab

  • Tap ‘Add credit card’

  • Enter your ABLE debit card info. That's it!

  • To learn if you’re eligible for an ABLE account debit card, visit the websites for the Ohio STABLE program (available to residents of all 50 states), or the Oregon ABLE program (Oregon residents) and its nationwide sister plan, ABLE for All.

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    Published on May 10, 2018

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