Chris O’Donoghue has a long established career as a journalist and has since retired from his job as a tv reporter. Having SCI, Chris had initially been a manual wheelchair user but he now uses a power chair after an injury where his rotary cuff and bicep was torn. He drives a van and is able to transfer, though not as well as he used to. Chris describes himself as active and independent. He takes pleasure in cooking and he participates in a reduced exercise regiment – Yoga.
Quemuel Arroyo, better known as Q, is on the move! During work hours, Q is a policy officer at the New York City Department of Transportation where he oversees policy for accessibility and ADA compliance. After hours, Q is a dancer and strategic adviser to the founder at the Heidi Latsky Dance Company. Q is also an athlete. He is an avid rock climber, scuba diver, skier, and cyclist. In 2007, he sustained a spinal cord injury while down-hill mountain biking in Vermont. He is world traveler and is excited to be part of the Open Style Lab summer 2017 program. For the Open Style Lab, Q is interested in exploring rain gear and luggage that works for him and his wheelchair.
April taught high school in New York City for six years before earning her PhD at Syracuse University in the area of Special Education with a focus on Disability Studies. She has been a wheeler for 31 years and is a strong advocate for disability rights. April is committed to increasing awareness and education about the need for access and inclusion for individuals with disabilities.
Marci is a t3 paraplegic. She has been injured for about 8 years but still remains as active as possible. She goes to a special gym that specializes in Spinal cord injuries three times a week. She has participated in a few sports such as tennis and rowing. As for hobbies, she loves music. She enjoys going to concerts, comedy clubs, restaurants and so on. She had a little business selling handbags and jewelry and did some personal shopping as well. Prior to her injury, she was in publishing, selling ad space for fashion magazines, working at Hearst and encompass media group. Some struggles she experiences with getting dressed leaves leggings as the only option. As buttons and zippers are to challenging to put on, often times requiring assistance when wearing pants, shoes, socks, underwear and so on.