Hal Hargrave Jr., paralyzed from the neck down after a truck crash in 2007 and now the catalyst for a foundation for those with spinal cord injuries, will be the featured speaker at the DisAbility Awareness Event and Access Fair at Cal State San Bernardino.
Hargrave, now a 23-year-old University of La Verne student, will talk about his experiences and the challenges he overcame at the April 11 event, which is in its 24th year at CSUSB. The event will kick off at 10 a.m. with the 2013 Access Fair at the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union Events Center.
The fair will highlight all the activity, action and resources surrounding disability access at CSUSB, as well as demonstrate various technologies available to students to aid them in their studies.
Attendees will get to hear faculty experiences and learn about workshops offered on campus addressing issues such as accessible documents, presentations and websites.
Hargrave’s presentation, “Do What You Love, Life’s Too Short,” will be at noon, also in the events center.
Just less than two months after graduating from high school, with college at Long Beach State ahead of him, Hargrave was involved in a truck accident that left him with a broken neck and scapula and a fractured T1-2 vertebrae.
After months struggling to regain his health and stability and fighting for his life after the July 2007 accident, Hargrave found a new calling. With the help and support of his family, the he started his own foundation, The Be Perfect Foundation, to help raise money for spinal cord injury victims.
Four years after it was launched, the foundation has raised $1.7 million to help hundreds of families get their feet back under them while pursuing the hope and dream of someday walking again. The Be Perfect Foundation has purchased wheelchairs, adapted homes and cars, and helped people with spinal cord injuries start and maintain exercise-based therapy.
The Be Perfect Foundation recently announced the first-ever franchise of Carlsbad, Calif.-based Project Walk, a revolutionary Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center, with a new facility in Claremont. Project Walk is considered the world leader in spinal cord injury recovery and helps people with SCI through intense activity-based recovery programs, education, training, research and development.
For more information on the DisAbility Awareness Event and Access Fair, contact Twillea Evans-Carthen at (909) 537-5138 or Michelle King at (909) 537-3406.
An ASL interpreter will be present, but for any other accommodations, contact the CSUSB Office of Services for Students with Disabilities at (909) 537-5238, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org 72 hours in advance of the event.
For more information about Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Public Affairs at (909) 537-5007 and visit news.csusb.edu.