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SCI Superstar: Tiphany Adams

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A wild child in her teens – now a zen TV star, Tiphany Adams is a drop-dead gorgeous paraplegic who’s been aiming to change the world since being injured in a car accident at the age of 17. She wants to change the way the way the world looks at people with disabilities and she wants to use media to make that happen.

Why she’s fearless

Tiphany’s wish was answered when she was cast on the groundbreaking reality show Push Girls last year, the first and only reality show to show the real lives of wheelchair-users. A California native with a sunshine personality made for the camera, Tiphany was born for this kinda thing, and she’s carrying the torch amazingly well, helping to represent people with SCI.

After her injury, she eventually moved from her small town of Lodi to LA, where she met Angela Rockwood, and they became roommates. Angela is well connected in the entertainment industry and was able to use her sway to make Push Girls a reality. Tiphany, along with Angela and two other lovely ladies, Mia and Auti, are also on the show, and it’s definitely helping to change the belief of what’s possible when you have a spinal cord injury. It’s not all doom and gloom. Tiphany is helping to spread this message.

And on the show, Tiphany made an even bigger impact when she came out of the closet. She dated a woman for several months and the show showed many aspects of their relationship. Tiphany is great – she has no problem opening up about her personal life, including her sexuality, and this is helping to erase stereotypes left and right. It’s not easy putting yourself out there when you’re paralyzed, but Tiphany is doing it.

She’s also been featured in several LGBT magazines, wheeled many red carpet since the show’s debut, is a model and has non-reality TV show acting aspirations too. Check out her ModelMayhem profile

What’s next?

With Season Two of Push Girls only a few months away (look for it in June), she and the other ladies are busy filming some of the last episodes of the season. When Tiphany is not playing reality show star, she loves traveling home to see her nephews; a family girl at heart, and her other passion lies is fitness. Weight lifting, eating healthy, yoga, pole-dancing (yes she’s figured it out), Tiphany’s inspires all of us wheelers to get in better shape (be it good or annoying haha)

Is Tiphany the bubbliest paraplegic on the planet? Possibly. But what’s not to love about that? The world needs more positive souls like hers. There is a great power that lies in television (each time an episodes airs, minds are changed), and Tiphany is helping to do her part.

What’s your favorite Tiphany Adams moment on Push Girls? Would you be on a reality show?

Follow Tiphany Adams on Twitter

Tiphany Adams’s Push Girls bio

Watch the videos!

Tiphany Adams talks about her car accident on Push Girls

Tiphany Adams on the red carpet at the Juke Joint Awards

Tiphany Adams and Angela interviewed for Extra TV

Tiphany Adams’s video bio for Push Girls

SCI Superstar: Chelsie Hill

If you don’t know who Chelsie Hill is by now, it probably means you’re not plugged into the “buzzing” portion of the spinal cord injury community that well, but that’s ok, I’ll forgive you, you’re about to learn all about this gorgeous and resilient 20 year old, one of the stars of Sundance channel’s reality show Push Girls.

Why she’s fearless

Chelsie Hill, a California girl from Pacific Grove, is a newbie when it comes to being paralyzed, yet she’s done so much since it happened it’s insane. She was hurt in 2010 in a car accident (T-10 level) when she was a senior in high school (the car was driven by a drunk driver; she was in the back seat), but Chelsie was back in class in three months. But the amazing part – she began speaking at area schools talking about her story, hoping to prevent future accidents like hers. Right away.

And this was just the beginning of her fighting back. Her dad and her soon founded the Walk and Roll Foundation to assist with her speaking activities. And Chelsie’s life really changed after attending a black tie fundraising gala for Life Rolls On, where she met Auti Angel, founder of the Colours ‘n Motion wheelchair hip-hop dance team. Being a lifelong dancer who mourned her legs, this was what she needed. Chelsie auditioned for the dance team and made it.

After joining the team, Chelsie met all of Auti’s friends, including Angela Rockwood, Tiphany Adams, and Mia Schaikewitz; the crew that would eventually become the five-some for Sundance channel’s reality show, Push Girls, a show Chelsie had the opportunity to be on. HUGE opportunity of a lifetime (and she’s been fun to watch!).

The show revealed a lot about Chelsie’s life, from how her injury brought her closer to her dad to wanting to dance again. They showed her journey into wheelchair dance, including trying out wheelchair ballroom dancing in this fab dress. I highly recommend watching Season One if you want to learn about real-life in a wheelchair.

What’s next

So much is coming up for Chelsie. She just founded her own dance team called Team Hotwheelz and their first performance is coming up October 13, 2012, for her foundation’s first “Dance 4 Life” adapted dance showcase (can’t wait to see a video of this). If you live near Salinas, CA, you should go! (get your tickets here).

Chelsie also is still giving her very important speeches to schools and organizations under her foundation’s newly expanded Rally4Reality program, reaching out to students about making good choices when behind the wheel (watch her speak).

And yay – Push Girls has been renewed for a second season! She’s plenty busy with a camera in her face most days (while she’s brushing her teeth or driving around on California freeways). Definitely look for Season Two sometime in 2013 (most likely around the start of Summer).

Chelsie Hill is one of the best examples of a young person with paralysis keep on, keeping’ on, right from the get go that I’ve EVER seen. Her spirit needs to be bottled and shared with newbies across the world.

Visit her official site

Did you feel motivated to get out of that bed and start living again right away? How did you do it?

Watch the “Best of” Chelsie videos!

Chelsie Hill’s Push Girls bio
Chelsie Hill dances again with her dance crew from high school
Watch Chelsie Hill speak at a high school
Chelsie Hill dancing with Auti Angel during rehearsal
Chelsie Hill goes skiing on Push Girls
Chelsie Hill’s drunk driving PSA for Marie Claire magazine