Life Stories

Journey of a Brave Woman

Marcela Marañon is a wheelchair accessibility advocate and solo traveler and fashion influencer. She is on a mission to empower those who follow her journey especially those women with disabilities to push forward.

Judith Heumann smiles on stage at a Ted Talks.

Judy Heumann – The Life and Legacy of “The Mother” of the Disability Rights Movement

Judy Heumann was an internationally recognized advocate for the rights of disabled people. She was widely regarded as “the mother” of the Disability Rights Movement.

Haben Girma, stands outdoors with her seeing-eye dog, Mylo, at Deloitte’s Chief DEI Forum in June 2023.

‘Disability Sparks Innovation’: Insights From Deafblind Human Rights Lawyer Haben Girma

Haben Girma, a human rights lawyer working to advance disability justice who was the first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, is a passionate advocate and thought leader in this space.

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Rummel was devastated with the news of a blood-filled cyst on his spine in 2010 that would eventually burst and lead to his paralyzation from the waist down. Despite the complications, however, the dedicated doctor has managed to find a way to continue working in the operating room through the use of an electric stand-up wheelchair.

Inspirational Surgeon Operates from Stand-Up Wheelchair

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Ted Rummel was devastated with the news of a blood-filled cyst on his spine in 2010 that would eventually burst and lead to his paralyzation from the waist down. Despite the complications, however, the dedicated doctor has managed to find a way to continue working in the operating room through the use of an electric stand-up wheelchair.

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18 Messages of Hope From People With Disabilities Who’ve Struggled With Suicidal Thoughts

To survive and thrive with a disability, we need support from people who understand, who’ve been there and who can affirm our lives as equal and worth living. So we asked our Mighty community: If you’re an adult with a disability and have experienced suicidal thoughts, what’s one message you would give to other disabled folks who are struggling?

Temple Grandin, Albert Einstein and Maya Angelou.

15 People With Disabilities Who Changed the World

When you hear names like Walt Disney and Thomas Edison, their creativity and inventions may come to mind. What you may not know about them is that they are some of many people with disabilities who transformed governments, played important roles in Civil Rights movements and women’s suffrage, created groundbreaking inventions and more.

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Personal disability stories: Part 2

An acquired disability is the result of an accident or illness. It can be the consequence of head trauma, spinal injuries, loss of vision/hearing, and injury to or loss of limbs. While illness and health-related acquired disabilities can cover conditions such as stroke, post-traumatic stress, MS, Motor Neurone Disease and mental ill health, to name a few.

Ali Ingersoll.

Meet Ali Ingersoll, Ms. Wheelchair America 2023

United Spinal Association congratulates our member Ali Ingersoll for being crowned opens in a new windowMs. Wheelchair America. Ingersoll ran on a health insurance advocacy platform.

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I Still Want to Be Like Mike

I was in Grade five when I fell in love with basketball. Michael Jordan fuelled my over-the-top obsession with the sport. Being a kid with a disability didn’t stop me from dreaming of dunking or playing one on one with Michael Jordan. Defying people’s expectations has been one of my missions in life.

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Autistic Baker Jeremiah Josey: Baking ‘Allowed Me To Believe In My Abilities’

Josey shares his experience of living with autism and encouraging people with disabilities to pursue their dreams. At just 21 years old, Maryland-based Jeremiah Josey is a baker, model and inspirational speaker on the topic of autism.