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When National Sales Manager Kristina Rhoades took the wheel at El Dorado Mobility, she found herself in the perfect place to help other people who use wheelchairs in getting on the road again.

Here’s how Kristina drives home the El Dorado mission I’ve been “pushing” for as long as I can remember, due to a T-5 complete spinal cord injury at just 10 months old.

Growing up in a small town, I began getting involved in local disability organizations at a young age and always felt a motivation to help others.

Even as the only kid in the school district in a wheelchair, I became a peer counselor with several certifications by middle school and enjoyed the opportunity to mentor newly-injured patients whenever I would visit my childhood hospital. Wheelchair California and was honored to serve my state as a representative and advocate for people with disabilities and women everywhere.

Service to our community, for those with and without disabilities, continues to be an important part of mine and my family’s lives, and I’m happy to be doing the important work of increasing and improving accessible transportation.

I have had a love for cars since I was a young teen.

I’ve been to countless car shows, cruises and races over the years, so this industry had a natural draw to me when the opportunity came along.

I had been an advocate, spokesperson and model in the disability community for some time, and the more I understood about the state of accessible transportation today, the more I understood that this was a space I needed to work in.

It soon became my mission to “fix” accessible transportation by drastically increasing the number of accessible taxis, rental cars, livery vehicles, ride shares and even personal vehicles that are available, safe and reliable for the millions of people that need them to access our world.

Not only do they bring their own valuable industry experience, but due to all of our years of traveling together, they have an even deeper understanding of the challenges that people with disabilities face when trying to secure and rely on accessible transportation.

I’d also like to point out that I’m not the only wheelchair-user that we have on staff.

My most recent hire for our sales team was a gentleman by the name of Reggie Bennett, who also happens to roll.