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. . . making their way in the
walking and working world
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Ralf 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.

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 programmed personal website.

Charlene Curtiss, 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.


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 disability.

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

Paul Aziz, above, was injured in a diving accident in 1983. Today he's an Oregon wood-carver who handcrafts music boxes, bowls, vases, pens, letter openers and desk sets. You can buy his creations on his website.

Elisa 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 site.
Doug Maurer
is a computer systems programmer for the South Carolina State Ports Authority in Charleston.
Greg Palumbo is city manager of Country Club Hills, Illinois, near Chicago. 

Tyler Walker 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 wheels 
. . . and all kinds of other devices.

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.

Mark E. Smith of San Francisco, above, overcame cerebral palsy to become a popular speaker and writer. Visit his resourceful site, 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.

Steve Mikita is assistant attorney general of Utah.
Don Vandello
operates a plumbing supply in Walworth, Wisconsin, and plays wheelchair basketball for Chicago. 

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.

Steve Dowman of Orlando, above,  invented 'The Grasshopper' with help from a group of fellow mechanical engineering students at the University of Central Florida.

Sean Scott
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!

Sheree Sainz of Valdosta, Georgia, mother of two teens, recently earned a master's degree, teaches at a technical institute, swims and plays wheelchair basketball.  

Help us recognize men and women who use wheelchairs who set an example of ingenuity, perseverance, and good humor in the face of physical, vocational and social challenges. Email the webmaster to nominate your choices for recognition.

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.

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 Farm.

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 

Wendy Murphy, above, is an on-camera reporter covering community events for CityTV in Toronto, Ontario.
Eddie Bland is a middle school principal in Rochester, Texas. 
Bob Masella is an attorney in Columbia, South Carolina.

Nate 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.

Dug Jones is an administrator at the  University of Florida in Gainesville. 

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.

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.


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