Joel

Age: 36

Location: Iowa

Injury or relation: Spinal cord injury, C2, C3 vent dependent for 32 years

Hobbies/Interests: technology, volunteering (Church activities at Pella 2 CRC; counselor at CHAMP Camp; disability awareness talks at multiple Christian schools)

Why did you become a peer mentor? I have been a quadriplegic since age three due to a motor vehicle accident. In the three decades since, I have experienced grade school, high school, college, and now adult life with the challenges of a high level SCI. It is sometimes best to learn through other people’s experiences and I enjoy helping those with new injuries as well as those who are a few years post injury. Children with SCI especially can have a hard time adjusting. I became a mentor to work with more people in different circumstances in life and to also learn along the way as well.

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