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 DisABILITIES 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.

Sarah Nielsen

Board Member

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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 DisABILITIES Foundation and is serving currently as an active board member.

Erick Lemon

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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.