USD Disability Services hosts wheelchair athlete Aaron Fotheringham for April 5 program

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota Center for Disabilities welcomes Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham to campus for a 7 p.m. program on Monday, April 5 at the Muenster University Center Ballroom. The event is free and open to the public.

Fotheringham, 18, was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord that negates the use of his legs. A wheelchair athlete from Las Vegas, Nev., Fotheringham has a passion for what he does traveling the world to raise Spina Bifida awareness. According to his Web site, www.aaronfotheringham.com, not only what he does is considered “a lot of fun,” but he wants to change the world’s perception of people in wheelchairs, as well as helping everyone see their own challenges in a new way.

In 2006, Fotheringham completed the first ever back flip in a wheelchair. Since that time he has perfected several progressively difficult tricks, including handplants, wheelers and all manners of rollouts. During his program at The U, he will be speaking as well as showing video of his athletic abilities. Autographs will be available at the conclusion of his presentation. Videos and information about Fotheringham is available at www.aaronfotheringham.com or on YouTube. He also has a new commercial for HowStuffWorks that you can view at http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/wheelchair-backflip.htm.

For more information about Disability Services at USD, please contact Ernetta Fox, director, at (605) 677-6389 or e-mail disabilityservices@usd.edu. You can also visit the Center’s Web site at www.usd.edu/cd.