In honor of Dysautonomia Awareness Month, Meredith Aleigha Wells joins the podcast to share her struggles and challenges onstage and in life all from the vantage point of a wheelchair. After becoming disabled at the age of 19, Meredith performed in a college workshop production of the new musical Donny Johns, making UMass Amherst history as the first actor who uses a wheelchair to perform in a Mainstage production.
Meredith graduated with a Bachelor's Degree with Individualized Concentration in Musical Theatre. Immediately after graduation, Meredith moved to Cleveland, Ohio to dance with Dancing Wheels, a physically integrated touring repertory company.
In this episode, she opens up about the hard-fought lessons she has been through and how much more there is learn, both in herself and for others.
Topics discussed in this episode:
- Mayo Clinic Physician Philip Fischer, MD
- 10 Facts about POTS
- Dancing Wheels Company founder Mary Verdi-Fletcher
- What does the 30th anniversary of the ADA mean to youth with disabilities? - Youth Today
- Able-Bodied Actors Play 95% of Disabled Characters - Variety
- Ali Stroker's Tony Award acceptance speech
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