Meet our BIPOC Outreach ABLE NRC Ambassadors

The ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) is pleased to announce the launch of our 2021 ABLE NRC BIPOC Ambassador program and the opportunity for four more BIPOC ABLE account owners to join our initiative. We will be working to increase awareness and engagement around ABLE accounts among minority populations who experience higher rates of poverty at the intersection of race and disability. With the help of our BIPOC Ambassadors who are ABLE account owners and family members within BIPOC communities, we feel confident that 2021 will be the year that more BIPOC individuals and families will experience the benefit of tax-advantaged ABLE savings accounts.

The BIPOC workgroup meets monthly to brainstorm and collaborate outreach strategies for ABLE NRC and to work on as a group. Individual members work with ABLE NRC leadership to identify opportunities and activities for outreach utilizing their networks.

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Nathan Turner
Individual with Cerebral Palsy

ABLE Program: Ohio STABLE

Nathan Turner is saving for larger purchases. He has used his ABLE account to purchase an accessible vehicle and has saved several thousand dollars as a down payment for a home.

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Simon Cantos
Individual with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD)

Philadelphia, PA
ABLE Program: PA ABLE (Pennsylvania)

Simon Cantos is saving for future qualified disability expenses, like paying for a new power wheelchair and adapting a future home.

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Timothy Elliot
Timothy is an advocate and a disabled veteran.

Brooklyn, NY

Timothy is a disabled veteran who mentors individuals with disabilities and teaches them how to advocate for themselves. As a part of his advocacy, Timothy has been spreading the word about ABLE accounts, especially to people who cannot afford to set up a trust fund.

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Edward Mitchell
ABLE Account Owner

Jackson, TN
ABLE Program: ABLE TN Savings Program

Edward Mitchell is saving for vehicle modifications and accessible housing needs.

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Sarah Perez
ABLE Account Owner

Norfolk, VA
ABLE Program: MiABLE Program

Sarah Perez is saving for transportation, continuing education classes, her YMCA Membership and art supplies.

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Cheryl Walfall-Flagg
Parent of ABLE Account Owner

Raleigh, NC
ABLE Program: North Carolina's NC ABLE Program

Cheryl Walfall-Flagg is saving for when she and her husband are no longer around. She is saving for her son's independence and ability to live and enjoy life to the fullest as an adult.

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Davinna Christian
Parent of son who has quadriplegia and Sickle-Cell disease

Detroit, MI
ABLE Program: Michigan

Advocate for children and adults with sickle-cell disease. Son receives Social Security Disability Benefits. ABLE funds are being saved for a communications device, durable medical equipment and an accessible vehicle.

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Hector Ramirez
Individual with Autism and Bipolar Disorder

Canoga Park, CA
ABLE Program: California

Latino Chiricahua Apache, Two Spirits on the Board of Directors for Disability Rights California and National Disability Rights Network. ABLE funds are being saved to maintain a safety net while working to be self-sufficient.