It’s not often a quad is seen rolling the halls of the U.S. Congress — in protest maybe, or for a special event — but Josh Basile, a C4-5 quad, became a regular on Capitol Hill this past spring when he had the opportunity to work with one of the biggest supporters of disability legislation in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Tom Harkin — a Democrat from Iowa who has been a champion of disability rights since winning his first term in 1985.
Basile’s journey — from breaking his neck in 2004 after being tossed by a wave to working alongside some of the most powerful people in the U.S. government at the age of 26 — was no small feat. But even more impressive is the transformation, or re-working, rather, of his original life plans.
Growing up in Montgomery County, Md., Basile had one of those idyllic childhoods. “My childhood was fil