Now in my mid-thirties, I realize that I had it wrong all along. I finally stopped searching for “the one who would accept me physically. I now see that the only way to find true happiness is for me to look past my own imperfections. Once I was able to do that, I could focus on the things that I love to do,”
Author Katherine Magnoli
Katherine was born with Spina Bifida, that affected her spine but not her mind. She is the author of a series of children’s books titled “The Adventures of KatGirl”. Her stories are about a super hero in a wheelchair that helps kids who are being bullied. She feels this is the best way to educate and entertain about disability and acceptance and spreads this message by sharing her stories with kids of all ages. Katherine is also the co-host of a weekly online radio show called “Brain Matter” with Dr. Robert Gottesman that interviews people with disabilities who accomplish extraordinary things. They have had a variety of guests including those working to ensure that people abide by the ADA. Katherine’s was recently crowned Ms. Wheelchair Florida 2017. Her platform of Youbilities, speaks on focusing on our abilities instead of our disabilities. She is tackling the task of getting this message to the masses through educating children about people throughout history who have lived or are living with disability whom have accomplished great things. She refers to this educational plan as the Youbilities Program. She also meets with political figures advocating for accessibility. In her free time, Katherine loves going to concerts and the beach, she particularly likes adaptive surfing. She now considers it one of her many Youbilities.
For 20 years I had no idea what those “wonderful things” my Mother had told me I could still do were until one day at the pool a little boy said he felt sorry for me as I sat on the steps not swimming. I decided right then and there that I would stop watching the world and start participating in it.