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By Lisa Wells, Cure Medical Fitness advocate and founding member of the Rollettes dance team Maria Rabaino is embarking on a journey to help friends who roll lead healthier lives. At 18 years old, she was riding as a passenger when she was involved in a traumatic car accident that was the result of drunk driving. The vehicle struck two trees and Maria endured multiple internal injuries, including an incomplete L-1 spinal cord injury. Maria wasn't yet aware—but her SCI would be a turning point and the start of the greatest friendships and adventures she'd ever experienced. Initially, doctors believed there was no connection between the nerves across her injury. Then 6 months later, she started getting slight movement and control back. Maria did her rehabilitation at Shriners Hospital of Northern California in Sacramento and can't say enough good things about the experience. Supported by a family that kept her in good spirits, she committed herself to figuring out life after SCI. Maria was connected with a mentor in the hospital that answered a lot of questions and also told her about a show that was getting ready to debut on the Sundance Channel.

En route for challenge the taboo, a group of performers who have disabilities will austere their hearts and bodies in a new burlesque cabaret that includes a wheelchair striptease. The show weaves all together comedy, sequins and silk gowns en route for dress up a topic that those involved say goes underexposed. It bidding fearlessly thrust sex and disability addicted to the limelight, said managing artistic administrator Rena Cohen, with the non-profit Realwheels Theatre company. The community-based performance bidding push boundaries through a series of vignettes by people from their 20s to 70s who self-identify as active with a disability. Along with body entertained, Cohen hopes audiences will accept that many people with disabilities are denied sexual identities, ranging from blatant stigma to incidentally not being perceived as having the capacity for closeness. Sexuality is just as important en route for those who live with disabilities at the same time as anybody else. The goal is en route for portray people with disabilities as three-dimensional through the illumination of their femininity lives, she said. In one add up to, a woman who is quadriplegic gives a funny, frustrated retelling of how she is overlooked by men. She then busts out in a caricature routine, stripping down to a corset while dancing with her chair, alleged Peake.