Small Adaptations | Ms. Wheelchair Maine 2011 [Video]
This year we started a multi-media internship program with the idea of producing films that relate to our industry. The original idea was to produce films raising awareness for things like long-term care and the Sandwich Generation, Baby Boomers aging into Medicare, etc. This past May, I was introduced to Monica Quimby. Monica is Ms. Wheelchair Maine and she was calling to ask if Blue Goose would become a sponsor to help her go to the Ms. Wheelchair America pageant in Michigan. After hearing Monica’s story, we realized she would be a great first project.
I am thankful for her confidence in us. This project turned into a mini-documentary about Monica and her mission to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Monica is one of only 3% of this country’s disabled population who has gone to college. She has a degree in Molecular Biology and her Masters in Higher Education and at the ripe old age of 23 she became a college professor. While we were filming Monica waterskiing in New Hampshire, she told me a discouraging statistic: she said that 62% of parents who have children with disabilities don’t think their kids are capable of attending college. We are hoping this may change some minds so please take a moment to watch this short film and share it with others.
It was an absolute pleasure to tag along for a few brief moments of Monica’s life and see the energy and excitement that motivates her everyday. She is involved in more physical activities than most able-bodied people I know and is passionate about encouraging kids with disabilities to go to college.
Thank you very much and enjoy the film.
Michael P. Allen
President/Founder Blue Goose, Inc