TODAY YOU'LL FIND
MANY SUCCESSFUL 'ROLL' MODELS
. . . making their way in the
walking and working world
Hotchkiss, shown here in his California workshop,
received the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Genius Award for
his pioneering Whirlwind project to bring modern, inexpensive
wheelchairs to the third world. Read
more about his exciting venture here.
Doug Maurer is a computer systems
programmer for the South Carolina State Ports Authority
artistic director of Light
Motion dance company, shown
above, performs, choreographs, and teaches
wheelchair movement skills in Seattle,
Washington. Mary Verdi-Fletcher of
Cleveland, Ohio, founded the Cleveland
Ballet Dancing Wheels in 1980.
Patrick Schwabenbauer is with NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and maintains a cleverly
Terranova, a native of Liberia, shown above in her
studio, is a gifted artist living in Folsom,
California. Her works may be sampled here.
Scott Duffey, a quadriplegic,
paints remarkable abstracts and portraits on Long
Island, New York. His works may be purchased
through his web site.
Craig Sheely is a
wheelchair-enabled photographer near Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania. His superb collection may be
sampled and bought at his web site.
lives in rural New England and is a spunky
skateboarder, skier, quad rugby fanatic, and generally
all-around kid whose website
explores the capabilities of his active life on
. . . and all kinds of other devices.
Jesse Daikan McKinney has written a
powerful book on perceptions versus the reality
of disability, A Mind on Wheels: The Inner
Journey. Check out his website to preview some selected
essays, which will convince you
this is a 'gotta-have' publication.
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We're eager to recognize men and women
who use wheelchairs and set an example of ingenuity, perseverance, and good humor in the face of physical,
vocational and social challenges.
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Todd Maness of Robbins, North Carolina, above, coaches high school football from his sip-and-puff
wheelchair, and enjoys a career as an artist, painting with the
brush held in his mouth. See and buy his paintings at his Red Rider Studios website.
Gary Karp of San Rafael,
California, has written two helpful new books, one on the many
aspects of the active wheelchair life, another on selecting a chair. Read about Gary and
his books here. And now there's a useful new website generated by the books' publisher.
Barry Corbet, above, was on
the team that scaled Mount Everest in 1963, before his
spinal injury. Today, he's editor of New Mobility
magazine, where he occupies a rolling "Bully
Pulpit" on disability issues. Search
the NM archives for 'Corbet' and read some of his past columns.
Chris Sheridan of Los
Angeles, above, is a filmmaker and New Age humorist who does
one-man plays and has performed his 'sit-down' comedy act
on the USA cable network. Explore his world here.
Mitch Tepper, above, graduate of Yale
Medical School and Penn, founded the Sexual
Health Network, to provide counseling,
publications and seminars, with a special focus on sexuality and
Dowman of Orlando, above, invented
'The Grasshopper' with help
from a group of fellow mechanical engineering students at
the University of Central Florida.
There are many
others. . .
Kenny Clayton of Madisonville, Kentucky,
is a pharmacist.
Dave Stange, coach of the
Chicago Wheelchair Bulls, is a credit manager in
Mt. Prospect, Illinois. Scott Kauffman is an accountant with a
manufacturing firm in Bremen, Georgia.
Richard Fuchs is a 12th grade school
teacher and motivational
speaker in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Mark E. Smith of San Francisco, above, overcame
cerebral palsy to become a popular speaker and writer. Visit his
resourceful site, WheelchairJunkie.com
for his expert advice on buying a chair, and essays by his alter ego,
Count Cripula. You'll appreciate Mark's sharp wit and wisdom.
Wendy Murphy, above, is an
on-camera reporter covering community events for CityTV in Toronto,
Eddie Bland is a middle school
principal in Rochester, Texas. Greg Palumbo is city manager
of Country Club Hills, Illinois.
Bob Masella is an
attorney in Columbia, South Carolina.
John Ryan, above, a
realtor in Whistler, British Columbia, handcycled across
Canada in summer 1999
raising funds for spinal cord research.
Josh Fabian is a stockbroker in Chicago, and attorney Dug Jones
is an administrator at the University of Florida.
Sainz of Valdosta, Georgia, mother of two teens, is working
on a master's degree, teaches at a technical institute, swims and plays
Steve Mikita is assistant attorney general of Utah.
Don Vandello operates a plumbing supply in Walworth, Wisconsin, and plays wheelchair
basketball for Chicago.
Besio, a lively
student, became a quad from a 1990
diving accident and a hearing- impaired bilateral arm amputee from a
1992 case of Meningococcemia.
Graham Sisson, paralyzed at 17 as he prepared to become a West
Point cadet, is now a lawyer who serves as deputy attorney general of
Alabama, specializing in disability issues.
Marshall Loskot is an organic farmer in Platina, California, who adapted his farm
equipment for wheelchair use and now has a web
site for his HerbBlossom