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Wendy Crawford, a professional model who sustained a spinal cord injury in 1984, resulting in quadriplegia, spent years of frustration not being able to find answers to what seemed to be simple questions regarding everyday women’s issues for individuals in wheelchairs. She decided to take action by creating a website to address cover these topics. In 2002, her vision became a reality - mobileWOMEN.org was launched and has had loyal readers and interactive participants ever since.
mobileWOMEN.org is a unique online magazine where women in wheelchairs can find answers to questions about health, sexuality, parenting, fashion, and other topics that are not typically addressed in women’s mainstream media. The mission of mobileWOMEN.org is to bring together current and accurate information on issues of interests to the disability community and to enable people to share and learn from one another.
Wendy has stated many times, “Our most valuable resource is each either.” So it is not surprising that the majority of writers for the site have been women with disabilities - who better to share on these important topics? One of these writers is Kelly Rouba, former Ms. Wheelchair New Jersey, author, and tireless advocate for people with disabilities. Kelly, who has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, took a deep interest in the site and joined Wendy to become a co-editor of mobileWOMEN.org. Completing the team is co-editor Cheryl Price, wheelchair tennis player, mother and former editor of a Miami entertainment newspaper who became paralyzed at birth.
With feedback from readers all over the world, this dynamic trio put their heads together and is now ready to re-launch a new and improved mobileWOMEN.org. The team confirms that site contains all the important information that it did before, but they are excited to introduce three new innovative features! The first feature allows women to upload their own personal video clips as a way to educate and inspire others through their stories. The second is a new and improved forum that allows women to ask questions and share ideas on everything from women’s issues to adapted clothing ideas on the latest looks in fashion. Lastly, the “Featured mobileWOMAN” section introduces readers to phenomenal women throughout the world. Whether they are leading the way in their career, athletic endeavor or in other areas of life, these women’s stories are compelling and meaningful.
mobileWOMEN.org believes that women with disabilities steer their own lives. Empowered by knowledge, they are having children, pursuing careers, competing in professional sports arenas, becoming community leaders, and living life to the fullest! This overlooked segment of the population refuses to be overlooked anymore and mobileWOMEN.org is excited to be in the forefront where knowledge is expanded and success celebrated, thereby broadening the horizons for women in wheelchairs all over the world! Visit mobileWOMEN.org to learn more.
mobileWOMEN.org is very grateful to Acorda Therapeutics, W.M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, The United Spinal Association and The California Endowment for their support.