We at mobileWOMEN.online believe that women with disabilities steer their own lives. Empowered by knowledge, we are having children, pursuing careers, competing in professional sports arenas, becoming community leaders, and living life to the fullest! At mobileWOMEN.online, there is a place for us to unite and ask questions, as well as share ideas, insights, and experiences. Most of all, this site is a place where we can learn from each other.
mobileWOMEN.online is the creation of women in wheelchairs who were having difficulty finding answers to their questions about health, fashion, and other topics. Our mission is to bring together current and accurate information on issues of interest to our community.
mobileWOMEN.online is very excited to have an active Facebook page, with new members joining each day! Our page is an extension of our website that provides another way for mobileWOMEN to interact, share experiences, and make our community that much more united!
We are thrilled with the success of mobileWOMEN.online, a site where knowledge will be expanded and success will be celebrated, thereby broadening the horizons for women in wheelchairs all over the world! mobileWOMEN.online is very grateful for the previous and continued support from organizations like the W. M. Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, The California Endowment, and The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation.
About Bethany A. Hoppe – Editor
After teaching Communication at the university level for nearly twenty years, Bethany Hoppe decided to resign from higher education to fulfill her lifelong dream of focusing her talents and training towards advocacy for women and girls with disabilities on a full-time basis. So when the opportunity to become the editor of mobileWOMEN presented itself through her friend Wendy Crawford, the founder of mobileWOMEN ~ both Bethany and Wendy knew the stars had aligned!
Born with Spina Bifida, Bethany grew up in Northwestern Pennsylvania. Bethany completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania before meeting and marrying her husband Tyson. She is the Raw Beauty Project Greater Nashville ambassador (with a Raw Beauty Project exhibit scheduled for October 2020), the Facilitator for SB Connect of Nashville; and member of the Spina Bifida Association. Ms. Hoppe serves as a volunteer on the Steering Committee for SBA and the Georgia-Tennessee Spina Bifida Chapter Advisory Board for Walk’n’Roll, and serves on the PTO of her son’s school. Bethany is a self-published author (Molly B. Golly’s Wonderful Dancing Debut), she created the first-ever “wheelcheerleading” dance troupe (via ABLE Youth 2000), and wrote the forward for Vanderbilt Special Education textbook chapter forward. Ms. Hoppe was Ms. Wheelchair Pennsylvania (1994).
About Wendy Crawford – Founder
Driving to the airport for her first international contract, fashion model Wendy Crawford at the age of 19 was struck by a drunk driver and, as a result, was paralyzed. Following her accident, the Attorney General’s Office of Ontario (Canada) hired Ms. Crawford for several years as spokesperson to warn others about drinking and driving. During this period, Wendy was given the “Ontario Crime Prevention Award” twice by the Solicitor General of Ontario and honored as “Citizen of the Year” in her hometown.
Growing into womanhood with a disability, Ms. Crawford identified a need and utilized her fashion and public-speaking experience to develop unique means of raising awareness of and becoming an advocate for women in wheelchairs. In 2002 Wendy founded mobileWOMEN.org, in an effort to provide a forum for women wheelchair users who wanted answers to questions and a community of their peers.
Other previous endeavors included: co-founding Discovery Through Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring women and raising funds for programs for disabled women and for spinal cord injury research; she served as chairperson of “Women Without Limits”, a committee of the United Spinal Association, whose mission is to enhance the lives of women with spinal cord injury and disease. She was also named by The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis as one of their “Women of Style and Substance” for 2012, named one of the “XIX Most Fashionable Women of Philadelphia” for 2013 by fashion designer, Nicole Miller.
In addition, Wendy is one of the founders of The Raw Beauty Project, a photography exhibit that celebrates women with disabilities, educating viewers to redefine perceptions and beauty, unleashing potential for all.