At 8 years old, I received my first wheelchair and it gave me the freedom and independence my legs failed to provide. It became my equalizer, allowing me to live a more inclusive lifestyle. Today, it still affords me the opportunity to maintain the independent lifestyle for which I am so grateful.
Her work centers herself and her personal life as a disabled women in narratives with as much adventure, glamour, sex appeal and empowerment as she can get herself into.
"I feel the most empowered when I am helping others figure out their new way of living. I mentor others with spinal cord injuries, especially new injuries, and seeing the light bulb “turn on” when talking with them is an amazing feeling." - Megan Hammond
"Inclusion is not only the right thing to do, it's also better for companies. When teams are diverse, you have a better chance of covering more bases and understanding how to reach more customers. Also, you open yourselves to benefiting from the skills diverse populations offer. Companies have to make a commitment to inclusion and to go beyond race, gender and sexual orientation to proactively include disability." - Brittany Déjean
December 3rd marked the UN’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities, a day on which the UN hopes to inspire a “transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”. We should be working towards a world where everyone is included and no one gets left behind. So we want to recognize disability advocates and activists around the world. We celebrate your courage, dedication and life changing impacts. We are with you every day and we stand/sit with you with pride.
"I've kept a promise to myself. Every single day I have to at least accomplish one fear. It doesn’t matter if it’s a small fear or a really big fear, just as long as I accomplish one. "- Kimberly Ocampo
PHOTO CREDIT: CRISTINA PIMIENTA