My lifelong mission has been to breakdown barriers that restrict wheelchair users, like myself, who want to have an active life in their communities. I have confronted those limits as a disability rights activist while working for the World Institute on Disability for over 22 years. When I was asked to join the Whirlwind Board of Directors, I knew there was an opportunity to push the limits to our inclusion in society even further. The ongoing wheelchair innovation by Whirlwind, which we have achieved by utilizing open source wheelchair technology and a network of dedicated wheelchair industry activists, has helped us to provide that dream of a normal life for many Roughrider wheelchair users, but there are many millions more that still need help. With the hard work and dedication of the founders of Whirlwind Wheelchair International, we want to give new hope to wheelchair users around the world. It’s my pleasure to serve as the Board Chair for Whirlwind Wheelchair International and I will continue to work hard towards completing our mission on behalf of the disability community around the world.