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About MobileWOMEN.org

We at mobileWOMEN.org believe that women with disabilities steer their own lives. Empowered by knowledge, we are having children, pursuing careers, competing in professional sports arenas, becoming community leaders, and living life to the fullest! Now at mobileWOMEN.org there is a place for us to unite and ask questions, as well as share ideas, insights, and experiences. Most of all, this site is a place where we can learn from each other.

mobileWOMEN.org is the creation of women in wheelchairs who were having difficulty finding answers to their questions about health, fashion, and other topics. Our mission is to bring together current and accurate information on issues of interest to our community.

mobileWOMEN.org is very excited to have an active Facebook page, with new members joining each day! Our page is an extension of our website that provides another way for mobileWOMEN to interact, share experiences, and make our community that much more united!

We are thrilled about the success of mobileWOMEN.org, a site where knowledge will be expanded and success will be celebrated, thereby broadening the horizons for women in wheelchairs all over the world!

mobileWOMEN.org is very grateful for the support from W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, The California Endowment and Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.


About Wendy Crawford - Founder and Editor

Driving to the airport for her first international contract, fashion model Wendy Crawford at the age of 19 was struck by a drunk driver and, as a result, was paralyzed. Following her accident, the Attorney General’s Office of Ontario (Canada) hired Ms. Crawford for several years as spokesperson to warn others about drinking and driving. During this period, Wendy was given the “Ontario Crime Prevention Award” twice by the Solicitor General of Ontario and honored as “Citizen of the Year” in her hometown.

Growing into womanhood with a disability, Ms. Crawford identified a need and utilized her fashion and public-speaking experience to develop unique means of raising awareness of and becoming an advocate for women in wheelchairs.  In 2002 Wendy founded mobileWOMEN.org, in an effort to provide a forum for women wheelchair users who wanted answers to questions and a community of their peers. 

Other previous endeavors included: co-founding Discovery Through Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring women and raising funds for programs for disabled women and for spinal cord injury research; she served as chairperson of “Women Without Limits”, a committee of the United Spinal Association, whose mission is to enhance the lives of women with spinal cord injury and disease. She was also named by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis as one of their "Women of Style and Substance" for 2012, named one of the "XIX Most Fashionable Women of Philadelphia" for 2013 by fashion designer, Nicole Miller.
In addition, Wendy is one of the founders of The Raw Beauty Project, a photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities, educating viewers to redefine perceptions and beauty, unleashing potential for all.


About Cheryl Price - Managing Editor


Cheryl Price has been an active member in the disabled community most of her life. Paralyzed at birth, Ms. Price was raised as an active wheelchair-user who participated in wheelchair tennis camps and events, wheelchair racing, numerous camps for children with physical disabilities, and also participated in able-bodied sports in school.
 
After attending University of Miami and receiving her Bachelors of Science in Education, Cheryl was the editor for S.W.A.T.s Up! ® Calendar Concepts, an internationally circulated fundraising calendar featuring children and adults with disabilities; and Ms. Price worked for ten years as editor of Entertainment News & Views, later renamed ENV Magazine. While with ENV--a Miami-based arts, dining and entertainment weekly--Cheryl made sure to print articles centered around the disabled community, whether the topics involved the Paralympics, disabled artists and authors or her column Inspirational Moments.
 
Now a Boca Raton, Florida resident, Cheryl Price is busy raising her young son and is thrilled to be devoting time and attention to mobileWOMEN.org, whether she is keeping its Facebook page active or finding innovative columnists to bring their voice to mobileWOMEN.

About Robyn Keller - Outreach Coordinator

In the summer of 1974, Robyn Keller, a 15 year old cheerleader suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury which left her paralyzed from the chest down while executing a dismount off of a fellow cheerleader. After 9 months of being in the hospital and rehabilitation, Robyn completed high school through the use of an intercom system set up in her home, since her high school wasn’t accessible for a wheelchair. After graduating with her class, she struggled with what to do with the rest of her life.  
In 1982,  she had the opportunity to work for a small consulting firm and realized her love for the computer. With the support of family and friends, she went back to school and was certified in computer programming. Upon completion, the company where she was working hired her on a permanent basis in their accounting department where she continued to work for 29 years.
She claims the best part about working for this company was a chance meeting with a woman who had a son that was also a quadriplegic.  Seeing that Robyn was well adjusted in life, the woman asked her to contact her son which Robyn did and had a pleasant conversation with him, with no further contact.  However, as fate would have it,  six years later she came across his name and decided to call him.  A month later, they went on their first date and within a few months were engaged and married within a year.  They have been happily married for over 21 years! She admits that marriage isn’t always easy with two disabled people but she feels they truly understand each other and have managed to find a way to make their marriage work beautifully.
When she stopped working, she was looking for something to fulfill her when she was introduced to Wendy Crawford, Founder of mobileWOMEN.org. They connected immediately because of their similar injuries and goofy senses of humor regarding their lives and living with a disability.  Robyn is presently the outreach coordinator for mobileWOMEN.org and due to her passion for food and cooking, writes a regular “Mobile Friendly Recipe”.  You can view some of Robyn’s cooking tips on the Reeve Health Minutes for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.

Contributors:
Almost all of our contributors, are women with disabilities sharing their experiences, knowledge and wisdom. We are blessed to have many that volunteer their time to empower others around the globe, including some of our long-time, devoted writers below:

About Amy Saffell


Growing up in the disability-aware but still predominantly able-bodied centered setting of Metro Atlanta, Amy Saffell has always had one foot firmly planted in disability culture and the other foot firmly planted in mainstream able-bodied culture. In her early years, it was common for Amy to come home from wheelchair tennis lessons to play the rest of the afternoon with the able-bodied kids in the neighborhood and be equally comfortable in each setting. 

Academics and school leadership, many times with a focus on writing, and wheelchair sports, were two of Amy’s main interests growing up. Amy was also crowned Jr. Miss Wheelchair Georgia, giving her the opportunity to hone her public speaking and advocacy skills as a high school student. 

After graduating with a BA in Communications from Furman University, Amy moved to Nashville, TN, where she works in sales and marketing for a record label.  She has been recognized by the Mayor’s Advisory Committee For People With Disabilities with the Trey Pointer Young Citizen Award.  Amy was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Tennessee 2007 and made numerous public and media appearances around the state during her reign. 

She is currently on the board of directors for ABLE Youth, a Nashville area wheelchair independence and sports group for students. She plans ABLE Youth events, handles publicist duties, and acts as a peer mentor to kids who were just like Amy at that age. In 2011, Amy won the opportunity to appear on ABC’s “What Would You Do?” after writing a scenario based on the misconceptions of people with disabilities that she has experienced in her own life.



About Bethany A. Hoppe

Bethany A. Hoppe, born with Spina Bifida, grew up in Russell, PA on a dairy farm.  She earned both her Bachelors of Arts and her Master of Arts in Communication Studies at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. She was a competitive award-winning athlete in weight-lifting natural bodybuilding and bench-press, and participated in wheelchair basketball and track throughout her college career.  Following her Bachelor’s education, Bethany served as Miss Wheelchair Pennsylvania 1994. 

Since graduating with her Masters, Bethany has worked as a university instructor in speech communications in New York, Texas, and now Tennessee, where she resides with her husband Tyson, and daughter, Piper.  She teaches public speaking, gender communication, and voice diction at Middle Tennessee State University.

Bethany directed middle school theatre for ten years, and facilitated summer drama camps for youth on a volunteer basis, as well as being hired to direct community theatre, and theatre programming for a private school.  She also created the first wheelchair cheerleading troupe in the Nashville area called “Wheelcheerleaders.”  Following their first successful season, she turned the programming over to its sponsor, to focus on her career and family.

Bethany is the author of “Raspberry Vogue,” a wheelchair diva’s lifestyle blog.  She is a public speaker, voice-over artist, film-television script-writer, play-write, and wheelchair dancer.  She has appeared in music videos, several independent films, and has won awards for her writing, documentary production, acting, dancing, modeling, and community service.

 
About Kara Aiello

Kara Aiello, born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta “brittle bones” from birth and uses a wheelchair for mobility, discovered mobileWOMEN.org by accident after being approached at a conference for social workers and given information about the organization.  Excited to join as a writer, Kara is very active in the disabled community and writes as a freelance writer for Montgomery County CommunityCollege, Life in Action Magazine for persons with disabilities and United Spinal Association, which she also serves as a board member.  Kara has written articles for the Philadelphia Inquirer on disability and beauty, dance and other related topics. 

 Kara is also an LSW in social work but recently obtained a certificate in Therapeutic Recreation and now works at Meadowood Community, as a recreation therapist. She studies dance currently with American DanceWheels Foundation.  As a whole, Kara has studied dance for over 15 years having danced with the Kardon Institute of Performing Arts. 


In addition to dance, Kara sings with the Academy Chorale, volunteers with Caring Hospice and Amnesty International.  Kara loves to travel and has had the opportunity to travel through Western Europe, four cruises, much of North America and South America as well.  Kara would love to share her stories and experiences of travel with mobileWOMEN.org and with the right information and support, anything is possible.