I am Founder and Executive Director of Aero, Inc. an integrated mixed abilities dance
company. Aero dance troupe members have performed and led workshops of integrated
dance at local and national venues.
I am also Founder and Executive Director of Citizens for Access, an educational and
advocacy organization dedicated to the removal of architectural access barriers in public
and private entities.
In 2002, I sustained a cervical spinal cord injury after a truck driver sped through a stop sign
in truck-car accident, leaving me with incomplete quadraplegia. My passion for dance and
advocacy was brought to a new level.
My background is in clinical and lab medical neuroscience research involved studies on the
causes of Autism, Alzheimers, Developmental Disabilities, pain and Huntington's Chorea.
I was a competitive pair figure skater, competing at a national level and training with the US
Olympic team. Now I bring pair figure-skating moves to my choreography of mixed abilities
I am presently involved in graduate work with teams designing wheelchairs for people in
developing countries at MIT. I strongly believe one person can make a difference. My
dream is to create inclusive programs of dance in every school on a national level.
"Everyone who wants to dance can dance!"
Maryan can be contacted for appearances at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Maryan Amaral- Ms Wheelchair Massachusetts 2009
|Maryan Amaral, Ms Wheelchair Massachusetts 2009 and Karyn Estrella, Pageant Judge and
Executive Director of NEMED.