United Spinal Association announces that disability author, speaker, and teacher Gary Karp as joined its board of directors.

“We are honored to have Gary Karp choose to serve our organization, as he has been a role model for many with spinal cord injuries,” says James Weisman, United Spinal’s president and CEO, in a media release from United Spinal Association.

For the past 20 years, Karp has educated the public about optimizing the potential and independence of people with disabilities.

During that time, for 11 years he was sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to share his message of “Modern Disability” with universities and rehab centers to educate people about how those facing a traumatic injury such as a spinal cord injury cope, adapt, and form a new vision for their lives.

Karp has also focused on employment and disability, working with corporate and government clients, among them Microsoft, Genentech, the FDIC, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. Most recently, he compiled a computer-based workplace awareness course, per the release.

“I’ve always tried to tell my story in a way that gets across the universal lessons of disability, that human beings are adaptable by our nature, and everybody wants to find their way to be okay with themselves and what’s possible,” Karp says in the release.

“It can’t be about people with disabilities needing to be rare, remarkable individuals to succeed and thrive. It is really a matter of everybody getting the proper support and resources. I believe everybody has the potential, if they choose to pursue it,” he adds.

For more information, visit United Spinal Association.

[Source(s): United Spinal Association, PR Newswire]