Age 45, Cerebral Palsy
Photographed by Anne Bielamowicz
I am a true adventurous spirit, my family and friends say that if I don’t know where an interesting looking path leads, I will go down that path just to see. Born with Athetiod, Cerebral Palsy, I did not have the ability to bathe, feed, or dress, but my mother instilled in me that personality and drive come before impairments.
I have always made my own path. When I learned about Ed Roberts and the Rolling Quads and the history of the Independent Living Movement, I was determined to live on my own. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, I moved to Washington, DC to attend graduate school at American University. I knew DC had one of the best public transit systems on the east coast, so transportation barriers would not be an issue for me and my power chair. My need to trail blaze was paramount.
After completing my graduate work, I went to work for the U.S. Department of Labor where I focus on policies that promote employment of marginalized populations including people with disabilities, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, and veterans. I was featured in a National Disability Awareness Month poster for the U.S. Department of Labor. I love swimming, taking in nature, my faith, and taking care of my cat.
“Not all who wanders is lost.”