Beth Roscoe

Reprinted from PN January 2012

Woman with SCI inspires artist to create wheelchair series of digital art.

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A car accident in 1983 left Beth Roscoe paraplegic. Prior to that she was a court reporter for 12 years.

“During my time in rehabilitation, internationally recognized spinal-cord-injury expert Barth A. Green, MD, cofounded the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, along with three families who had experienced SCI firsthand: Don Misner, a businessman from Washington, D.C.; Marc Buoniconti; and me,” says Roscoe. “I was its first director and did many fund-raising events.”

David A. Feingold nd Beth Roscoe.

The University of Miami named Roscoe “Woman of the Year” for her volunteer work at the Project.

Over the next several years, Roscoe went back to school to obtain a master’s degree in education, along with an EdS in reading. She taught elementary school for 15 years at a private school and for six years was an adjunct professor at Barry University (Miami), where she taught master-level classes for teachers and would-be teachers.

In 1998, Roscoe was chosen as a torch runner for the Nagano Winter Olympics (the first Paralympics outside Europe).

“This was out of 500,000 people, which was a tremendous honor,” says Roscoe.

Roscoe has two daughters, ages 12 and 15. She lived in Miami until 2007, when she decided the hurricanes were too much and moved to Chicago.

“I am currently involved in a business called WhirlyBall, which has three locations in Chicago,” she says.

This sport reportedly combines lacrosse, hockey, and basketball with bumper cars. Participants use hand-held scoops to propel Wiffle® balls at a scoring target. Teams of five people, with the help of a professional referee, try to outscore the competition.

Roscoe’s boyfriend, David A. Feingold, is working toward a PhD in disability studies at National Louis University in Chicago. He is an artist who is involved in the disability-arts movement, among others, and is a member of an association consisting only of artists with disabilities. He has produced a wheelchair series of
digital art.

“He is the artist, and I am the inspiration!” Roscoe says.


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