Chris Lenart on Life With Cerebral Palsy and DisabilityAwareness.us

Editor’s Note:  After a difficult childbirth in which both baby and mother’s lives were in danger, Chris Lenart’s parents discovered he had cerebral palsy shortly after. In an era where children with disabilities were often institutionalized or segregated into educationally subpar programs, Chris’ parents did everything in their power to ensure he received solid schooling. […]

Ms. Wheelchair America: Empowering Women, Shaping Leaders

Editor’s Note:  Over three decades ago, Michigander Shelly Loose swerved in her car to avoid hitting a deer and broke her neck. After several months of rehabilitation in the hospital, she was released and returned home as a wheelchair user. In 2007, she discovered the Ms. Wheelchair America competition and went on to become the […]

Pauline Victoria Shares Why She's Creating a Media Outlet for the Disability Community

Editor’s Note:  While Pauline Victoria’s parents were preparing for their first child to arrive, prenatal visits showed no signs of abnormality. So when doctors discovered the infant had no arms and only one partially formed leg upon birth, it was a surprise to all. As was typically the case at the time, the hospital strongly […]

Founder of Life Rolls On Jesse Billauer Wants to Help You Catch a Wave

Editor’s Note:  Growing up in southern California, Jesse Billauer’s love affair with the ocean took hold at a young age. From participating in the junior lifeguard program to boogie boarding and surfing, the majority of his time outside of school was spent at the beach. By the age of 17, he had become one of […]

The Benefits of Your Child Getting Active with Adaptive Bike Riding

Parents of children living with disabilities:  Take a minute to travel back in time to when you first learned to ride a bike. Feel the wind in your hair, your heart racing, and the exhilaration of experiencing freedom while pedaling down the street to your best friend’s house. Remember all of those adventures you went […]

A New Book Teaches Kids About the Life of a Service Dog

Editor’s Note:  As a single mom of a 7-year-old, Amy Sherwood was diagnosed with adrenal insufficiency and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a condition that often causes dizziness and loss of consciousness upon standing. When she returned home after a lengthy hospital stay, doctors insisted she use a wheelchair despite having fully functioning legs. Standing […]

The Online Dating Experience for the Disabled

Dating is hard. Dating is really hard. If you have a disability, dating is really, really hard! First, you have to get over your own insecurities about image and ability. Then, you have to find someone you are attracted to who is also attracted to you. Lastly, you have to make sure you are both […]

TerrainHopper USA: Bringing Adventure and Freedom to People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note:  Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, Todd Lemay didn’t let frequent bone fractures keep him from getting a good education or having a successful career. After several years working as an auditor, he decided to start his own IT company. Then one day, he met a girl. Lemay told Wheel:Life writer Betsy Bailey all about […]

Sex, Love, and Disability:  Ben Duffy’s New Documentary Exposes It All

Filmmaker Ben Duffy and Ajani “AJ” Murray met while working on a project for Yoocan, an online community for people with disabilities. At the time, the actor living with cerebral palsy struck up a conversation with Duffy about his dating struggles and the lack of information surrounding love and sexuality in the disability community and […]

Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular malformation on her spine resulting in her legs growing at different rates. Despite her doctors not knowing the cause at the time, she underwent surgery at the age of six to stunt the growth of the longer limb. As one leg caught up with the other […]

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