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Traipsin' Global on Wheels (TGOW) was established in August of 2018 by Ming Michelle Canaday. Canaday contracted polio as a toddler, affecting her legs and causing severe scoliosis. Her own disabilities and travels around the world have inspired the creation of TGOW.

 

Our mission at TGOW is threefold. One of the three important priorities at TGOW is to create a space where individuals with disabilities know how to access information and inquire about fitness. Staying healthy and avoiding common issues such as shoulder pain, carpal tunnel, and elbow tendonitis is so crucial for long-term wheelchair users. This group of people is especially prone to pain and injuries in these areas of the body. TGOW hopes to be a leading company for providing information on health and wellness for wheelchair users in the future. This is why TGOW has already released a series of videos on how to stay fit in a wheelchair. In the coming months, TGOW also plans to release workout and training ideas for the everyday long-term wheelchair user.

 

Our second priority at TGOW is to encourage you to be worldly. A series of videos on traveling in a wheelchair has already been uploaded. We also hope to introduce products that help you travel in style and with ease. For style, wheelchair accessories such as multi-patterned seat cushion covers and back cushion covers will

be introduced. For easy travel, we are hoping to introduce a platform where wheelchair users can order customized shelves for extra accessible storage while traveling.

 

Through fitness and travel, we hope to accomplish the final and third priority at TGOW.  We hope to cultivate a group of healthy, worldly, and informed advocates that will accept, and perhaps even embrace their disability, and advocate for equality and justice for people with various disabilities. In the 21st century no group should be treated as second class citizens, especially individuals with disabilities.

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Meet the Founder

Ming Canaday earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 2013, where she triple-majored in International Studies, Chinese, and Asian Studies. While attending the University of Oregon, Canaday traveled to China on three separate occasions, completing coursework at China East Normal University and Nanjing University and interning in Guangzhou and Nanjing.

 

After graduating, Canaday moved to New York City where she pursued a certificate at the City University of New York in Disability Studies to better advocate for individuals with disabilities. She also completed a summer internship at Human Rights Watch, assisting with research on issues related to China’s policies towards people with physical or mental impairments.

Ming Michelle Canaday

Canaday completed coursework for a Master’s degree in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2016. During her time in Europe, Canaday traveled extensively on the continent and also to the University of Cape Town in South Africa to complete her dissertation research on contemporary attitudes towards rising Chinese migration to that region.

 

Canaday currently resides in Washington D.C. Before founding TGOW, Canaday was a former fellow at RespectAbility, a non-profit organization that seeks to reduce stigma and increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. She also served as a Congressional staffer in the United States Senate.

 

In her spare time, Canaday enjoys swimming, exploring new neighborhoods, traveling, reading, and practicing her ukulele.

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