For Spencer, having a backup plan when the unexpected occurs is critically important – and he has learned this lesson many times throughout his life.
Approximately 12 years ago, Spencer was a victim of an armed robbery at a gas station and the injuries he sustained left him quadriplegic. Since then, Spencer has had to adapt to the new challenges of living with a disability – and in that time, he has accomplished just as many things as his peers.
Spencer has served in a variety of capacities with different organizations and nonprofits, including as a board member of the Center for Independent Living of Northwest Florida and Northwest Florida Rehabilitation Foundation.
It was through a connection at Rehabilitation Technology Service Consulting that Spencer first learned about ABLE United – which proved to be the financial solution he was looking for.
“The constraints of living with a disability, and receiving any kind of public benefits, really hampers an individual’s ability to live a normal life,” shared Spencer.
Since enrolling, he has leaned on the funds saved in his ABLE United account many times – most recently when his home was partially destroyed and flooded by Hurricane Sally last year.
“I would not have been able to manage those unexpected expenses if it weren’t for my ABLE account,” Spencer added.
Having a secure backup plan with ABLE United has allowed him to focus on his passions in life, such as traveling and helping others travel.
Spencer is a travel agent and likes to focus on planning accessible travel. Any chance he gets, he wants to give back to the community and teach others about the benefits of planning for a brighter future with ABLE United.