[his children] and acknowledge their feelings of anger and sadness, and believe we could still do many things together, too.”
Angulo started making YouTube videos with his kids to help; funny videos showing how he does things. His video-making also turned into creating themed photoshoots of people with disabilities, eventually resulting in his launching DisabledLifeMedia.com.
“I wanted to create an outlet to show the world that people with disabilities are relevant, beautiful and we matter.” The site has featured several colorful, risqué photoshoots. Angulo’s ultimate goal: “To educate, entertain, inspire and drive the message that we can still make a difference in life, connecting people all over the world with disabilities and bridging gaps.” Go to DisabledLifeMedia.com.
Her Last Step Backwards
We all have our injury stories. Some of us like to talk about them, others not so much. But for Ms. Wheelchair USA 2012, Tasha Schuh, a C5 quad from Ellsworth, Wisc., her story was so profound that she had to write a book.
Aptly titled My Last Step Backward, Schuh’s book is a memoir built around her high-school injury while working backstage during rehearsal for a production of The Wizard of Oz. She unknowingly stepped backwards into an open trap door, fell 16 feet and landed on her back, breaking her neck and partially crushing her skull in the process.
Her book covers it all — going off to college, finding peace in her spiritual beliefs and eventually becoming a speaker. And most recently she married a local weather guy, which unfortunately didn’t make the book since it was post-publication. Schuh’s book is definitely worth the read.
Check it out: www.amazon.com/Last-Step-Backward-Tasha-Schuh/dp/1462404189
Swing, Swing Away
Makers of a wheelchair-accessible swing that both adults and kids will love, Bluegrass Playgrounds may have you rethinking your backyard swing. Made of sturdy steel with a height of 8 feet, these swings can hold both manual and power chairs and start at $1,317.
See them in action: bluegrassplaygrounds.com/swings-ADA-swings.htm