How to be an advocate

Disability activist, Madonna Long, speaks with webinar host, Candace Cable, on how after a 1981 bus accident during her senior year in high school where she lost her best friend and the use of her legs, she became a tireless advocate on every level possible and how you too can learn to advocate for what you believe in.

Part 1

Recorded from a live broadcast on January 29, 2014.

Part 2

Recorded from a live broadcast on February 12, 2014.

About Madonna Long

Madonna is a true Renaissance woman. She was the first person west of the Mississippi to walk with computerized stimulation in 1985 at a clinic in Las Vegas, Nevada, she ran for state assembly in 1994, is the mother of four children and has a Bachelor’s of Science in Homeland Security.

Madonna has her own consulting company Madonna Long Consulting LLC working on Capitol Hill addressing issues for Pride Mobility durable medical Products and MV1 Mobility Ventures progressing taxicab policies, to name only a few of her clients she lobbies for.

About Candace Cable

Candace Cable believes that there were 4 elements that came together in 1975 that gave her, community, purpose, wellness and joy after her spinal cord injury at the age of 21 when she was ready to go of life. They were family, counseling, disabled students service’s office at Long Beach State University and adaptive sports. Candace pioneered the sport and equipment of wheelchair racing in the 70's and 80's. She went on to compete in 9 Paralympic Games in 3 sports winning 12 medals as well as compete in the Summer Olympic Games wheelchair racing exhibition on the track in 1984, 1988 and 1992 winning 2 medals.

Read her Life After Paralysis blog posts on our Paralysis community. Follow Candace on Facebook.

This project was supported, in part by grant number 90PR3002, 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.