Adapted Wheels for Emily
Organized by: Emily Ladau
Emily Ladau via Crowdrise
June 21, 2014
I was born with a rare genetic physical disability called Larsen syndrome, and I've dedicated my life to advocating for the rights of the disabled.
Currently, I work from home, but my goal is to conquer independence so that I can continue to pursue my passion for advocacy. I recently got my driver's license, but I don't have an adapted vehicle that I can drive. Since my mother and I have the same disability, our medical expenses are often much higher than average.
Initially, I entered a contest hosted by the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association to win an adapted van and offset the expense. With nearly 13,000 votes, I made the semi-finals, but I was not chosen as a winner. However, I still dream of pursuing independence, and a vehicle is the best way for this to be a reality. Several people who voted suggested turning to crowd funding, because raising money would be a huge financial relief for my family and would provide me the opportunity to achieve my dream of living independently with a disability.
Driving will allow me to move forward in my career. I began advocacy work at the age of 10, when I appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about living with a disability. In 2013, I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University, and since graduating, I've been both employed and volunteering with multiple organizations. My work is focused on fostering opportunities and developing resources for the disability community, as well as encouraging people with all types of disabilities to develop their inner voice for advocacy.
Any donation, no matter how big or small, will mean the world to me and to my family, and will ultimately help bring amazing, positive change to my life. Thank you.