The Susan M. Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame was established by the National Disability Mentoring Coalition (NDMC) to honor those individuals who are making a significant difference in the lives of youth and adults with disabilities through mentoring and to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for individuals with disabilities.
We are proud to induct Alicia Regan into the Susan Daniels Disability Mentoring Hall of Fame. Alicia Reagan is a pastor’s wife, a mother to 6 beautiful children, a blogger, and a passionate disability advocate. Life changed drastically in March 2009 when she was expecting her last baby. She contracted Transverse Myelitis, a rare virus that attacks your spinal cord, and was left completely paralyzed from her ribs down. That day changed her life forever in many horrible and wonderful ways.
She decided early on that she did not want her disability to be wasted in her life and that she would be a voice in the disability community to help others. She started a monthly support group in her small town in Ohio, started a YouTube channel to educate and encourage what she is learning on her journey, and developed a blog called This Enabled Life where she educates, encourages and challenges both the disabled and able-bodied. Her passion is to BE the change we desire to see. Her blog and love for writing has been featured in many disability publications.
Alicia began to be invited to speak and share her story and a passion was born inside of her to speak and to share that life is precious and funny! She has spoken across the United States as a motivational speaker and an advocate for the disabled. As a speaker, she keeps it real and raw that life can be rough, but it is precious and every day is a gift. She mixes this with a good dose of laughter and she comes away blessed and encouraged from those she speaks too! She has been through every emotion that is possible on her disability journey the past 7 years. Through it, she has learned, laughed and let the world know that women with disabilities have much to offer!
Alicia now resides in Leesville, SC where her husband is a pastor. She served as the director for the Midlands Breeze Spinal Cord Support Group in Columbia, SC in 2015. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association and is an advocate with United Spinal Association.
You can learn more about Alicia at www.aliciareagan.com.