They Inspire Us to Aspire
The community of people with disabilities is not short on heroes. There are people who, by letting nothing stand the way of achieving their goals, inspire others to meet their own obstacles head on. There are people who take action on behalf of others in need, or in defense of cause worth fighting. more
It breaks our heart to share the loss of Stevie Hopkins, founder of 3E Love and the ubiquitous Wheelchair Heart. In remembrance, every Sunday of the 2024 Abilities Expos will be Stevie Hopkins Day, and we invite everyone to wear their 3E Love gear.
Mark was an active octogenarian until an accident changed it all. Thanks to the Lite Run Gait Trainer gait trainer, he's back on his feet and wowing his PTs.
It is with great sadness and never-ending admiration that we say a final farewell to Judy Heumann, a decades-long leader in the fight for disability rights. We should all strive to make such a difference.
Little Austin is about to get the biggest surprise in his young life. Thanks to the non-profit Help Hope Live, he is going to receive a Freedom Concepts bike, fully customized to his abilities. Look out, world!
With millions raised to fund their clients' needs, the things that this hard-working non-profit accomplishes for the disability community is…well…maybe a little magical.
Leon Ford's life changed the day the police mistook him for a criminal. Now he shares his story at Reeve Summit 2022 to encourage others to work through trauma and move on.
Adaptive fitness guru Steph "The Hammer" Roach is bringing her virtual fitness experience into the real world AND hosting a book signing for her new memoir, DRIVEN, at Abilities Expo
It breaks our heart to say goodbye to our friend, our Dancebassador Auti Angel. In the last decade, we had a front-row seat to the wonderful impact that she had on the community at large, and especially on others with disabilities. We will miss you. RIP.
Enjoy this piece, written last summer, on the adventurous life of Auti Angel. Her impact on the everyone she touched was as profound as the spirit that drove her, and we thought it was the perfect memorial to our friend, gone too soon.
NEADS taught Edison to be a stellar companion for his human partner, Abilities Expo ambassador Sarah Best. Now they are paying it forward with a fundraiser to help the organization create more service dog teams.
The world was rocked this week with the sad news of the passing Paralympian and Guinness record holder Angela Madsen. She died halfway through her solo ocean row from California to Hawaii.
If you aren't watching Wheels2Walking videos, you are missing out! Richard's fun, high-energy is advice is helping the global wheeling community learn new and better ways to enjoy life post injury.
The world-famous Rollettes dance team honors Abilities Expo owners Lew Shomer and David Korse for their contribution to the disability community.
TV star turned Ms. Wheelchair New York turned NYC's first wheeling nurse speaks from experience about chasing your dreams.
Holistic health expert and rolling mama Kristina Rhoades shares thoughts on why self-health so often begins with your perspective.
This Rolling Sisterhood is committed to creating a community through dance, one that redefines what it means to be strong, female and resilient.
It's easy to see how Maria "Muscle" Rabaino got her nickname when you get to know her commitment to fitness, both her own and others with disabilities.
Read a first-hand account of a woman whose sense of independence and adventure has been super-charged by her furry friend.
Disabled Life Media's Andrew Angulo discovers his inner creative genius after his injury.
Doctors have go-to tests for patients with disabilities that may not always tell the whole story. Kristen's experience is further proof that you are your own best advocate, and regular checkups can save your life.
Cure Medical's active and ongoing commitment to reversing SCI has led them to back the cutting-edge research of scientists around the world.
His knees may have truncated Jonathan Bender's NBA career, but they were also the impetus for an invention to help people with chronic joint pain and mobility issues.
Catch Fusion's new series about people with disabilities who have achieved greatness, obliterating all obstacles in their path.
The life of Steve Simmons went sideways when a degenerative illness resulted in SCI. With the support of family, he is back and fighting for his country again, this time as an athlete.
We find inspiration and heroism in the actions of people of all abilities—Paralympians, teachers, caregivers, scientists, performers, activists, innovators, families, artists, medical professionals and in regular people making extraordinary gestures.
Mountain climber Mark Wellman was the first paraplegic to scale Half Dome and El Capitan and now brings the adaptive climbing equipment that helped to make the feat possible to Abilities Expo where anyone can use it to scale a rock wall. Filmmaker Narcel Reedus created a poignant documentary to raise awareness that, even today, children with developmental disabilities are institutionalized. Karen Kain of Lorrin’s World, devoted mother to a unique child, now teaches others how to thrive as parents to children with special needs.
At Abilities Expo, one of our favorite inspirational stories is the one of young Alexander, an adorable five-year-old with Cerebral Palsy who visited the Expo with his mother and uncle. As they perused the aisles, the bright green KidWalk from Prime Engineering caught their eyes. This pediatric walker is designed to support much of the body weight, allowing a child to walk hands-free.
Alexander had to try it and, once he was strapped in, there was no stopping him. His mother was in tears as she watched her son walk hands-free for the first time. Everyone lucky enough to witness was moved by sight, including the guys from Sleepsafe Beds in a nearby booth who went ahead and bought the walker for little Zander.
Who are the heroes? The gentlemen from Sleepsafe who recognized the opportunity to make a profound difference in child’s life and acted without hesitation? The unstoppable Zander who, undaunted by his physical limitations, couldn’t wait to try something that would open up this world? Or Zander’s family whose love and support created new possibilities for their little guy.
We say all of them are heroes. It’s why we like the story so much.