United Spinal Welcomes New Board Member: Joseph Gaskins to Energize Advocacy Efforts
NEW YORK, April 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- United Spinal Association recently announced Joseph Gaskins, an experienced DC lobbyist, accomplished executive in the wireless industry and wheelchair user from Seattle, WA, has joined its Board of Directors.
Joseph Gaskins was spinal cord injured 27 years ago in a hit and run accident. A former triathlete, he has used adaptive sports as an outlet to overcome spinal cord injury and gain the discipline needed to pursue his career goals.
One of Gaskins' unique attributes is his vast knowledge of accessibility issues in countries around the world. He's an avid traveler, who has rolled through many cities and airports in US and overseas. Gaskins' real passion, however, is making a difference.
"I felt it was time to give back to the disability community. As United Spinal board member I have the opportunity to use the skills and experience I've developed over the course of my career toward improving disability rights and helping other wheelchair users achieve greater independence," explained Gaskins.
Marty Ball, United Spinal board member and vice president of Sales at Ti-Lite, added that Gaskins is a perfect fit for United Spinal's Board. "Joe has a great amount of enthusiasm when it comes to advocating for wheelchair users. He understands the issues that affect our community and he's an excellent communicator," Ball said.
Paul J. Tobin, United Spinal's President and CEO said, "United Spinal members are fortunate to have an activist with the expertise and passion of Joseph Gaskins working on their behalf. The entire disability community will benefit from his contribution."
About United Spinal Association
United Spinal is a national 501(c) (3) nonprofit membership organization formed in 1946 by paralyzed veterans and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Americans with spinal cord injuries and disorders (SCI/D), including multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, ALS and post-polio. It played a significant role in writing the Americans with Disabilities Act, and made important contributions to the Fair Housing Amendments Act and the Air Carrier Access Act. Membership is free and is open to all individuals with SCI/D. United Spinal was instrumental in getting New York City to create sidewalk curb ramps and accessible public transportation that has been used as a model for many United States cities.
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