Ability360 mourns the loss of Board member and advocate Edward Leo Myers III, Esq. He practiced disability law for 25 years. Ed died on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from stage IV pancreatic cancer. He was 56 years old. Ed was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones disease). Ed never let his disability prevent him from doing the things he loved: studying history, traveling, advocating for disability rights, and living independently. A proud Irishmen, he also enjoyed an occasional pint of Guinness with his many friends.
Ed graduated with degrees in History and Law from the University of Montana in Missoula. After law school, Ed clerked for the Montana Supreme Court in Helena and worked for Disability Rights Montana as a mental health and assistive technology attorney. After moving to Arizona, Ed worked as a policy and funding specialist for the Arizona Technology Access Program. He also was an adjunct professor for Northern Arizona University, teaching disability law in education and advanced disability law. Ed worked as both a staff attorney and later served eight years as the Deputy Executive Director for the Arizona Center for Disability Law. Ed was a published author in several journals and the Montana Law Review on disability and technology issues.
Ed was the youngest of nine children and is survived by his two sisters and six brothers. Ability360 honors Ed for his many years of advocacy. We are grieved by his loss. May you rest in peace Ed! We will miss you!