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I am an elite wheelchair racer, Paralympic ambassador, public speaker and PhD graduate from the University of Illinois. I strive for athletic excellence and leading a life filled with integrity. I am the 2011 World Champion in the 200m and hold two bronze medals from the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. I had the honor of representing Team USA in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games! I am currently recovering from surgery. I had some significant setbacks, but hope to make a full recovery and start training for Rio 2016! Thanks for following me on this incredible journey!

I appreciate your support.
— Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D.

Lifestream

Quest for a Service Dog & View on Independence

Reflection from my recent visit to Canine Companion's for Independence!

It's not giving up or giving in; it's embracing. I'm not sure yet if embracing in this context is synonymous with accepting. But, by embracing the situation, it creates a space to recognize the need for help, to accept assistance, and to also genuinely be excited about it.

Read full post here: http://bit.ly/1quCu9X

One of the Most Interesting Women in the World?

via Stumptuous: "Anjali Forber-Pratt, one of the most interesting women in the world" Read more at: http://www.stumptuous.com/anjali-forber-pratt-one-of-the-most-interesting-women-in-the-world

Coming Up for Air

A lot has changed in the past couple of months. I have moved away from Illinois, which had been my home for the past 11 years. I am now living in Kansas and working at the University of Kansas as an Assistant Research Professor at the Beach Center on Disability! Amidst all the chaos of packing up and moving, unpacking, settling in and starting a new job, I am now coming up for air to give some updates.

Challenges + Competitions = Champions

I had the incredible honor of receiving an award at the White House, and was recognized as a Champion of Change. Earlier that same morning, I had the opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion about important disability policy issues in our country with President Barack Obama, Chief Advisor to the President, Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez.

I also wrote a blog...

One of the "lucky ones"

Considering herself one of the "lucky ones", track star Anjali Forber-Pratt knew about Paralympic sport from a young age, and always dreamed of being at the Paralympic Games competing. Read about her journey to the U.S. Paralympic Team >> Full blog here: http://ow.ly/mQlMW

AAPD Awards Gala 2013 Remarks

I had the incredible honor of being recognized at the 2013 American Association of Persons with Disabilities Gala as one of the recipients of the Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award. Congratulations to my fellow award winner, George Gallego. Read more about him and his efforts here: Wheels of Progress Being a part of this event was truly incredible. I have to admit, I was overwhelmed with emotions. It is such an honor.

Here is a copy of my remarks that I shared with those in attendance this past week in Washington D.C.:

AAPD’S HEARNE LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

http://www.aapd.com/resources/press-room/aapds-hearne-leadership-1.html

Winners to be honored at annual Gala on March 5, 2013
January 22, 2013 | AAPD Press Team
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Jennah Bedrosian

Phone: 202-521-4308

E-mail: [email protected]

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce Anjali Forber-Pratt and George Gallego as the winners of the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.

Alumna Anjali Forber-Pratt winner of prestigious Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award

JANUARY 22, 2013, AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, AAPD.COM, WASHINGTON, DC — The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is pleased to announce that Anjali Forber-Pratt (Ph.D. '12 HRE) is one of two winners of the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award.

Read the full story here: http://education.illinois.edu/news/Alumna-Anjali-Forber-Pratt-winner-pre...

Letter to the editor: Promote inclusion to foster the potential of athletes with disabilities

The following is a letter to the editor from Dr. Cheri Blauwet -- a clinical fellow at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, two-time winner of the Boston Marathon's wheelchair division, seven-time Paralympic medalist and member of the International Paralympic Committee Medical Commission -- and Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt, two-time Paralympic Medalist, member, US Paralympic track and field team and Paul G.

It's These Little Things...

More than four months ago, I underwent a planned spinal fusion surgery. I am still trying to recover, and dealing with unexplainable complications that have severely affected my physical health and lifestyle. I continue to remain as optimistic as I can be, and am grateful to be alive. It has been a frustrating journey that has exposed many inexcusable flaws in our medical system in this country. I continue to search for answers and specialists who will be able to diagnose and correct the problems. I am appreciative of everyone's continued love and support.