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
Greg Palumbo is city manager
of Country Club Hills, Illinois, near Chicago.
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.
Graham Sisson, at left, was paralyzed at 17 as he prepared to become a West
Point cadet. He is now a lawyer who serves as deputy attorney general of
Alabama, specializing in disability issues.
Patrick Schwabenbauer is with NASA's Goddard Space Flight
Center in Maryland, and maintains a cleverly
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.
Mitch Tepper, left, 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
Scott Duffey, a quadriplegic,
paints remarkable abstracts and portraits on Long
Island, New York. His works may be purchased
through his web site. .
above, was injured in a diving accident in 1983. Today he's a
wood-carver who handcrafts music boxes, bowls, vases, pens,
letter openers and desk sets. You can buy his creations on his
Craig Sheely is a
wheelchair-enabled photographer near Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania. His superb collection may be
sampled and bought at his website.
Terranova, a native of Liberia, shown above in her
studio, is a gifted artist living in Folsom,
California. Her works may be sampled at her web
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.
Marshall Luskot is an organic farmer in Platina, California, who adapted his farm
equipment for wheelchair use and now has a web
site for his HerbBlossom
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.
of Linden, North Carolina, above, loves
to fly and gladly abandons his wheels to
take to the air in his weightshift trike.
Here's a story about his flights of fancy you're sure to enjoy!
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.
Steve Mikita is assistant attorney general of Utah.
Don Vandello operates a plumbing supply in Walworth, Wisconsin, and plays wheelchair
basketball for Chicago.
is an administrator at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
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.
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
Sainz of Valdosta, Georgia, mother of two teens, recently
earned a master's degree, teaches at a technical institute, swims and plays
Besio, a lively Vermont college
student, became a quad from a 1990
diving accident and a hearing- impaired bilateral arm amputee from a
1992 case of Meningococcemia.
O.J. Waddell, injured in a 1979 drive-by shooting, spent 16
years persuading the California Horse Racing Board to license him as a
harness racing driver, but he succeeded. Today he competes as the
sport's only para driver.
Jayne Fortson completed her medical degree and multiple
residencies in dermatology while in a wheelchair. Injured in a
caving accident while in college, she went on to become a winning
wheelchair athlete. Since 1990 she's lived in Anchorage, Alaska,
where her young family and a thriving medical practice share time with
skiing and swimming.
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. Email the
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