David Mann, seen here with his parents, achieved a PhD in Economics despite a life-changing spinal cord injury.
In June of 1997 David Mann was an energetic 14 year old boy spending a careless summer at the beach when a freak diving accident changed his life forever. The severe spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the chest down.
Before the accident, David was very active in organized sports and other athletic activities. “Going from that level of activity to being paralyzed and needing assistance with activities of daily living was a very humbling experience,” said David.
At first, David’s family had difficulty affording the attendant care services he required, until they learned of Act 150, a Pennsylvania program that helps those with disabilities obtain access to affordable attendant care services. It was through the Act 150 program that David found JEVS Human Services, who have been providing his case management services ever since, for almost 20 years. The JEVS affiliate providing his services is called Supports Your Way.