I love the beach and I try to go numerous times in the summer. Sometimes just due to ignorance of the disability, we get outcast. I want people to know that we have the same wants and desires and we’re just like everyone else. I think I was a typical teenager who loved to dance. I loved to run. I was in track. I had a certain outlook for my future. I’ve been in a wheelchair for about almost 15 years. I got injured when i was 18. I fell from a ferris wheel. It took me a while to adapt, and to be able to be myself again. It took me a couple of years i have to say. I have lived in New York City since i was three years old. Pretty much all my life. Accessibility in New York City is a challenge. I usually take a bus and then a train, so I take the bus to the train station. There’s closer train stations to where I live, but they don’t have elevators so I have to take a bus which takes me about 20 minutes or so to get there. And then I take the train and it’s about a 40-minute commute or so from the train station to my stop in the city. Apps can help just make our lives a little bit easier. Hearing it from other people, sometimes it’s better because it’s more honest and you get a more accurate detail of the accessibility of the place. Apart from stating that it’s wheelchair accessible, adding if the bathrooms are accessible. Because there’s some times where the place is accessible but then the bathroom it’s small and it’s not wheelchair accessible. Even though there are obstacles, I’m still very active and I’m out and about in the city. Wheeling Forward partners with Life Rolls On and they put up these adaptive surfing events for people with disabilities. They put up mats all around the area where we’re gonna be at so the wheelchair users can get really close to the water and just experience the whole beach. It’s such a great experience to get in the water and ride the waves. How cool would it be if these types of mats were here permanently? I think that if everyone is aware of the challenges that we go through, then it would just make it easier for everyone. If you can get on the app and make it easier for your fellow human, that means the world. That shows that you’re caring about the disability community. So yeah i think that would be great.