Champions of Change
Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt has never let her paralysis distract her from her goals. In addition to being a Paralympic medalist in the sport of wheelchair racing, she has dedicated her life to helping other’s recognize their potential. Her motto, “Dream. Drive. Do.” embodies her spirit and positive attitude. Part of this drive came from her legal fight in high school for equal access to education. Since then, she has completed three degrees at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. In her quest to help other athletes with disabilities, Anjali has co-authored an educational kids’ coloring book about disabled sports. Abroad, she helped to develop and further Paralympic sport in Bermuda and Ghana and is actively involved in the world of disability sport across the United States. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Disabled Sports USA. She uses her public speaking platform to continue to make a difference for those with and without disabilities by sharing her story, helping to transform perceptions of what it means to be an individual with a disability, helping others accept their own differences and motivating others to take action in their own lives and communities. Anjali received the 2013 Paul G. Hearne award in recognition of her leadership to the disabled community given by the American Association for Persons with Disabilities.