Chad began his Chair Life at the age of 23 following a C5 – C6 spinal cord injury. He is fun loving, passionate individual who enjoys engaging with people. Being a South Texas native, he understands the importance of community. He acquired a Bachelor of Arts, in Psychology followed by a Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas San Antonio in 2005. He has been married for the past 20 years and has a teenage son and daughter.
Over the past 15 years Chad has worked in the manufacturing side of mobility products. Through this introduction from his close Friend Todd, he expanded his knowledge of wheelchair seating systems and their importance in everyday wheel-chair life. Being able to bring a relational competence side to this sector of the WC industry, allowed Chad to relate to not only the designs being imagined but also the psychological impact these designs can bring to everyday life.
Through Chad’s continuing understanding of the mental health side of the everyday wheelchair life and all that it involves, he hopes to model his successes and failures with others out there in the Chair Life community.