About Ellen Stohl

Ellen Stohl is a university lecturer, writer, wife, and mom, but there was a time when she never thought she would be. Thirty-three years ago a wet freeway and a dangerous curve taken at breakneck speed shattered her spine, and at the time, her dreams. Initially impacted by negative stereotypes, she quickly discovered her injury did not define her. Today, she is the proud mother of a beautiful 13-year old girl and a self-actualized woman whose education, experience and life story have given her unique opportunities and insights into living life fully.

June 2016

Discovering the (Mostly) Accessible Atlantis Resort

By | June 1st, 2016|

The Bahamas' Atlantis Resort, despite not being completely accessible, proved to be an exciting vacation destination for Ellen Stohl and her family.

October 2015

Take to the Skies and Defy Gravity

By | October 1st, 2015|

Just because you use a wheelchair doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy flying high in one of the oldest forms of air travel.

March 2015

Disney Universe: Changing, But Still Magical

By | March 1st, 2015|

It's the Happiest Place on Earth. Is it also the most accessible?

December 2014

Jarrett Martin: King of the Sky

By | December 1st, 2014|

Jarrett Martin has never stopped loving the excitement of freefalling, even when he became a T3 para.

November 2014

Bladder Management for Women

By | November 1st, 2014|

Melissa Allensworth says bowel and bladder issues are the hardest part of living with SCI. “Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee. Pee. Pee. PeePeePeePee!” My husband [...]

April 2014

Ashley Lauren Fisher: Full Force, Non-Stop

By | April 1st, 2014|

Restaurateur Ashley Lauren Fisher — face of a model, brain of a businesswoman, heart of gold.

October 2013

Disability Squared

By | October 1st, 2013|

Tim Gilmer with his grandsons Peighton and Cooper. When you multiply a number by itself, the result is “squared.” So what happens when [...]

June 2013

Sue Austin: Transforming Preconceptions

By | June 1st, 2013|

Photo courtesy of Freewheeling: Photographer: Norman Lomax Lost in the shadows of disability after contracting a virus that attacked her central nervous system [...]

August 2012

Dancing in the Sea: Adaptive Surfing

By | August 1st, 2012|

The author heads into the waves. I am shivering from a combination of fear, excitement and cold as I head out for my [...]

October 2011

Staring Down Homer

By | October 1st, 2011|

At 154 pounds, my torso looks frighteningly like Homer Simpson’s face. Add to that the health risks of being overweight, and joining the quest to lose pounds and get fit wasn’t an option for me, it was a necessity.

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