Age: 68

Location: New York

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, T4, T5 for 16 years

Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my wife, children, and grandchildren; volunteering as Christian Education Director at my church and as Director of Services at a Christian counseling agency; participating in mid-18th century Scottish historical re-enactment; listening to traditional Celtic and Bluegrass music

Why did you become a peer mentor? I used my disability benefits to finally complete the bachelor’s degree in psychology I started 33 years before my injury. I then went on to earn my master’s degree in professional counseling and become a licensed mental health counselor. My 14-year experience adjusting to my “new normal” of life as viewed from a wheelchair and experience as a mental health professional have provided me with something that I hope will be helpful, useful, and encouraging to others starting out on their own path into their own “new normal.”

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This project was supported, in part, by grant number 90PRRC0002, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.