E06: Perspective on ABLE from a Working-Age Account Owner and Service Provider

Edward Mitchell is an ABLE account owner and independent living specialist for the Jackson, Tennessee Center for Independent Living. In 2003, at the age of 17, he was a victim of a hit-and-run accident while on his bicycle that resulted in quadriplegia with an incomplete spinal cord injury at the C5 and C6 levels. That hasn’t slowed him down, though. Edward went on to get his bachelor’s degree from Lane College, a private Historically Black College, and his Master’s in Business Administration from Union University. He’s also an active member Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, the first black Greek letter organization founded in 1906. In 2018, Edward came onboard as an inaugural ABLE National Resource Center Ambassador and testified before the U.S. Senate’s Special Committee on Aging at their hearing on “Supporting Economic Stability & Self Sufficiency as Americans with Disabilities & their Families Age.” Last year, Edward was inducted to the Lane College Hall of Distinction for the Young Alumni Achievement Award.


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