Advancing the transformative benefits of ABLE.
Ambassadors are CalABLE account holders who represent the diversity of California by the type of disability, age, gender, ethnicity and geographic region. Using their personal stories, they promote the benefits of CalABLE, empower individuals with disabilities to have greater independence, more financial security and an overall better quality of life.
Meet Your CalABLE Ambassadors
Armand is from Los Angeles County, 28 years old, and a recent college graduate with a non-profit management degree. Armand has a cortical visual impairment.
Antonio is from Alameda County, 21 years old, and currently attends the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia Tech offers an inclusive four-year college program for students like Antonio who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Gordon is from Sonoma County and is 66 years old. He is a visionary entrepreneur known for his innovation in virtual/augmented reality, artificial intelligence, spatial web and Blockchain networks.
Miguel is from Los Angeles County, 39 years old, and a motivational speaker. He is also a comedian using the stage name “El Chueco” and refers to himself as a sit-down comedian because he was born with cerebral palsy.
Alan Reid is from Marin County, the father of Mason, who passed away from a brain tumor at age 23. After his initial diagnosis, Mason underwent various treatments along with setbacks including a massive cerebral hemorrhage at age 13 that caused him to relearn how to walk, talk, and eat all over again.
Angelina is from San Diego County, the mother of Tyler, who is 23 years old. Tyler Schutz has Kabuki Syndrome, attends City College majoring in Radio Television Video Film Production, and is also doing a paid internship with a video film production company with the help of the San Diego Regional Center.
Sandra is from Sacramento County, the mother of Chad, who is 39 years old. Sandra is the former chair to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) and is the Chair for Disability Rights California.
Jenny Zegarra Huacachi
Jenny is from San Joaquin County, the mother of Melissa, who is 25 years old. Jenny has been a community activist since she arrived to the United States from Peru. Melissa was born with Down Syndrome.
These stories describe the circumstances and experiences of specific account owners of CalABLE. It may not be representative of the experience of other CalABLE account owners and is not indicative of future performance or success. Individual results may vary.