ABLE-SC, a state-wide non-profit providing an array of independent living services to people with disabilities, selected Ed for the honor because of his outstanding work of advancing opportunities for independence and equality for South Carolinians with disabilities. Ed was presented the award at the ABLE-SC annual event, Fundable, at 701 Whaley Street.
Ed has led the efforts to change South Carolina’s laws to protect the rights of people with disabilities. In 2017, Governor Henry McMaster signed the Persons with Disabilities Right to Parent Act, allowing individuals with disabilities to become a legal parent, foster parent, seek custody of a child or adopt a child. Earlier this year, Ed worked to pass the SC Employment First Initiative Act which aims to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“Ed started his journey with Able SC knowing very little about the barriers impacting South Carolinians with disabilities. Ed is now educating the members of the General Assembly about those same barriers while advocating for disability rights and promoting Able SC's mission. His efforts are truly awardable!” said Executive Director Kimberly Tissot.
MPA’s CEO, Ashley Hunter stated, “Ed works with drive and passion to serve the people in our state with disabilities. His legislative knowledge and legal experience are a valuable asset to all of our clients.”
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