Who We Are

Mission

To provide gap funding to any individual living with disabilities and special needs for services, support and other opportunities through the Disabilities Board of Charleston County.

Vision

We hope to redefine abilities by meeting needs, providing a path to pursue dreams, achieving goals, and maximizing independence and contributions to the community.

Meet Our Board

Will Rogers

Chairman

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Will Rogers is a Financial Advisor in Charleston, SC. Originally from West Columbia, SC he graduated from Clemson University with dual degrees in Communications and Psychology, and joined the United States Navy, ultimately earning a designation as a Navy SEAL. Following his military service, he earned his MBA from Columbia Business School in New York. Will and his wife Karen are ardent supporters of the Able Life Foundation. They live in Mount Pleasant with their two kids.

Ben Rogers

Vice-Chairman

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Ben Rogers currently serves as IT Director of the College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina.  In addition to serving on the board of the Disabilities Foundation of Charleston County, he also serves as chair of the board at the Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special needs, which serves the Tricounty area.  He is a parent of an individual with a developmental disability.

Saritta Vann

Secretary

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Kate Taylor

Board Member

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Kate Taylor, MS, is the research manager for the Thoracic Oncology Research Group  at MUSC. She has a B.S. in Biology from USC and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston.  She received training from the Lovaas Institute in 1993 and subsequently operated an ABA (applied behavioral analysis) program out of her home for her two sons, both diagnosed with autism.  One of her sons is currently served by the Disabilities Board of Charleston County.  Kate serves on the Foundation because of her desire to give back to the organization that provides so much support for her son, and to help the DBCC expand and improve its services to help more individuals in our community with disabilities.  Kate also has an adult daughter and is married to Micheal J. Taylor, PhD.  Kate and Mike live in Mount Pleasant, SC.

Michael Royal

Board Member

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Michael Royal is the owner of Pareto Group, a real estate asset management, development, and consulting firm in Charleston. Formerly, he was VP of Investments and Strategy at CNL Financial Group in Orlando, Florida. Michael holds a JD and MBA from the University of Virginia and a masters in finance from the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Urban Land Institute. Since 2010 Michael has been a guest lecturer at the University of Virginia Law School where he founded the Human Rights Study Project, a nonprofit research organization. Having grown up in Charleston, Michael is serving with the Foundation because he deeply supports its mission to enhance the lives of disabled individuals in our community.

Robert M. Baldwin

Board Member

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Robert M. Baldwin CPA is a Member of Baldwin and Associates, LLC, a certified public accounting firm. Mr. Baldwin previously served on the Disabilities Board of Charleston County.

Blaine Ewing

Board Member

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For the last twenty-five years, Mr. Ewing has worked with individual and institutional clients on setting investment policy, establishing asset allocation with risk guidelines, selecting investment managers and monitoring those managers and their performance against established criteria. Held position of vice chairman and member of the SC Retirement Commission. Served as Chairman of the Able Life Foundation and is serving currently as an active board member.

Bryan Christopher

Board Member

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Bryan Christopher currently serves as a volunteer board member of the Able Life Foundation. He also serves as the Director of Sales/Vice President of Operations for Carolina Office Systems, SC Division, a Xerox company.  He oversees offices in Charleston and Columbia with Sales and Service throughout the state.  Professionally, he has been in the office equipment/technology industry for 20+ years, working in executive roles for Lanier Worldwide, Inc. and Ricoh Americas Corporation, now with Carolina Office Systems/Xerox.

Bryan’s career in sales started with the best sale of his life, marrying his wife of 16+ years, Annmarie.  He and his wife live with their son, Nicholas, in Mount Pleasant, SC.  Bryan has been recognized for his leadership in the business world and his volunteer work serving the community, but his time spent with his family is what he values the most.

M. Richardson Hyman, Jr.

Board Member

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M. Richardson Hyman, Jr. is currently an attorney in private practice in the local area. After graduating law school from the University of South Carolina, and being admitted to the practice of law in 1992, Mr. Hyman entered the United States Judge Advocate Generals Corps and was on active duty for five years as a JAG officer and in the reserves for a number of years after that. After having been senior partner in a local firm, Mr. Hyman became a solo practitioner in 2008. In addition to serving as a Director on the Board of the Charleston County Disabilities Foundation, he has served on numerous boards and governing bodies in the local area. Mr. Hyman has a brother with a developmental disability.

Donald Evans

Board Member

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Disabilities Board of Charleston County

The Disabilities Board of Charleston County (DBCC) is the leading provider of services and supportive programs for children and adults with specials needs in Charleston County. The Board offers early intervention, service coordination, a developmental child center, adult day programs, and residential supports to individuals with severe, lifelong disabilities, such as intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury. Extensive services and supportive programs are provided both in the form of in-home care as well as through dozens of facilities in Charleston County and neighboring counties.

Functioning as the sole provider of care and resources for those with special needs in Charleston County, the Board relies heavily on The Able Life Foundation for gap funding. These monies assist with everything from maintenance of the Board’s many facilities and homes to basic household and education supplies.

History of the Disabilities Board of Charleston County

Originally founded as the Hope Center for the Retarded, Inc., services began in 1958 through efforts of the Charleston Civitans and The Council for the Retarded Children of Charleston. In 1974, the SC General Assembly created the Mental Retardation Board of Charleston County to coordinate and administer services to people with mental retardation and related disabilities. In 1988, The Mental Retardation Board of Charleston County assumed operation of the Hope Center for the Retarded, Inc., a sheltered workshop for persons with developmental disabilities which had 35 employees and 10 vehicles.

In 1993, the agency was renamed the Disabilities Board of Charleston County, and assumed the operations of the Charles Webb Center, a non-profit organization providing supports for children with disabilities and special needs that was founded in 1919. The agency moved its administrative offices to the current location at 995 Morrison Drive in 1997. Today, with an annual budget of over 18 million dollars, this community-based agency serves nearly 2000 individuals and has 450 employees.

Meet Our Partners

R U Running?

www.RURunning.com

R U Running? promotes the health and wellness of the disabled and special needs community as well as able bodied individuals and was formed to create awareness of the Able Life Foundation.

Avondale 5K

www.Avondale5K.com

Created in 2010, the Avondale 5K  helps fund the Charles Webb Center, which is a developmental child care center operated by the Disabilities Board of Charleston County, serving children with special needs from age 6 weeks to 10 years old.

Racers For Pacers

www.RacersForPacers.org

Racers for Pacers is dedicated to raising funds to provide running chairs for disabled individuals who cannot run on their own. Pacers provide the individual an opportunity to “run” once or twice a week and in local competitive runs held in and around Charleston.