The founder of Wheel New Yorkers is Lucy Richardson, an Australian woman who became a wheelchair user in late 2016, 18 months after moving to New York City. Lucy initially found it difficult to adjust to the unique challenges of wheelchair life in NYC.
Things got easier when she formed a close friendship with three NYC wheelchair using women - Bri, GG, and Liv. Together they could support one another, share tips and tricks, give advice, deal with negative stereotyping, have accessible adventures, and act as each other's role (or roll!) models.
Lucy wanted more wheelchair using New Yorkers to have the same kind of experiences as her, and founded Wheel New Yorkers in January 2020 to do just that. She wanted to make all wheelchair users - no matter their diagnosis, age, gender, culture, race, religion - feel welcome in New York.
Wheel New Yorkers aims to:
Smash stereotypes: There is no one way to be a wheelchair user, or to be a New Yorker. Expect the unexpected! The WNY community is made up of unique individuals forging their own paths in many different spaces.
Create connections: Sometimes you need friends who just get it, and WNY is a place to meet people like you. WNY can also connect you to knowledge, organizations, services, products, events, and opportunities.
Push change: WNY promotes and supports efforts that push change for our community by breaking down barriers, addressing challenges, and uplifting community members.
If you are a wheelchair user connected to New York City, whether its working, living, studying, or regularly visiting (or planning on doing so), you can be a Wheel New Yorker! All ages, genders, sexualities, disabilities, races, cultures are welcome.
As of April 2021, a Membership program is being developed. Follow on social media to keep updated!