Meet our BIPOC Outreach ABLE NRC Ambassadors

ABLE NRC’s BIPOC Ambassadors embody the diversity of this country, representing cross-segments by type of disability, race and ethnicity, age, gender, sex, geographic location and having a wide-range of ABLE goals. They are ABLE account owners and family members who are actively working to increase engagement and buy-in around ABLE accounts in their communities. BIPOC Ambassadors recognize that this is especially important given the higher rates of poverty at the intersection of disability and race.

The ABLE NRC BIPOC Ambassadors share a common goal to ensure that others in the BIPOC community benefit from ABLE accounts, as they have benefited. This includes achieving milestones such as home-ownership, accessible vehicle, assistive technology and accommodation purchases,  creation of emergency expense funds, along with long-term planning for retirement and other needed services and expenditures not covered by other programs or providers.

Check out what the BIPOC Ambassadors have to say about their experience with ABLE accounts below.

Additionally, check out the ABLE BIPOC Outreach Toolkit that Ambassadors helped develop and promote in partnership with ABLE NRC leadership.

View BIPOC Outreach Toolkit

Eric Cardenas
Eric Cardenas
Deaf ABLE Account Owner

Texas

Eric is a first generation Mexican-American and Deaf LGBT person. He hopes to use the funds from his ABLE account to purchase and adapt a house.

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Nathan Turner
Individual with Cerebral Palsy

Ohio
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
ABLE Program: NY ABLE

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.