Kevan Chandler • TEDxDunLaoghaire
We Carry Kevan
Kevan Chandler, 32, is a regular guy with an extraordinary story and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana with two roommates and loves to travel. During summer 2015, he and a group of friends spent three weeks backpacking through Europe, and have plans to explore China. Kevan was able to experience all the incredible things tourists dream of seeing. The extraordinary part is - he can’t walk. A backpack was developed for his friends to carry him around. Kevan was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system controlling voluntary muscle movement. He’s never taken a single step – but his friends carried him through Europe on their backs, and it started a worldwide movement, “We Carry Kevan,” gaining momentum by the day. Kevan Chandler and his amazing friends are Advocates for Changing Perceptions on Universal Accessibility and through the adventurous way in which they travel, they work to reimagine accessiblity' showing what's possible.