Lake Kowell lives and wheels in beautiful Northern California with her daughter. An eager advocate for the disabled community she actively participates and chairs in numerous nonprofit events throughout the year. Working within the adapted vehicle industry gives her the opportunity to help individuals with disabilities. Giving people the power of mobility is gratifying as freedom of independence is something she feels strongly about. A passionate supporter of the local Spinal Cord Injury Support groups, Santa Rosa Blazers Wheelchair Basketball Team and Chris Reeves Peer Mentorship Program gives her the chance to give back to the community she loves.
Anthony Tusler is wheelchair-using consultant, writer, trainer, and photographer in Northern California. He advocates for disability culture and better access to disability in the arts, public health, and technology. For 22 years he was the founding Director of the Disability Resource Center at Sonoma State University and helped to launch a number of non-profits, including the Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Disability, Community Resources for Independence, Disability Associates, and the National Center on Disability and Journalism. He lives with his wife in Sonoma County.
Sarah’s favorite saying is: “The one assistive technology that all disabled people need more of is money.” She has an Advanced Certificate in Disability Studies from City University of New York, and works in fundraising. She and her husband are raising two bilingual/multi-racial kids in Northern California. Sarah identifies as deaf / hard of hearing / disabled and wears hearing aids.
Jason is an Autistic disabled neurodivergent activist living in Rockland County, New York. He is currently in the process of starting his self-direction services (or home and community based services). Jason is a student studying disability at CUNY, a former board member at the Community Alliance for Ethical Treatment of Youth that worked to end residential treatment placement for youth with mental illness, addiction, disabilities including autism, and differing sexual orientation and identity. Jason is a member of the Autism-Hub, Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN), and is a self-advocacy liaison for an agency in Queens, NY and mentors Autistic and other individuals in the disability community. He started a Facebook page community called Autistic Community for Equality in February 2014.