Entry February 15, 2013: Jean-Luc, 54, Paris

Jean-Luc Simon was a social worker for people with disabilities until he crashed his car into a tree at the age of 25.  It had been raining in the small French village he was living in.  Jean-Luc admits he was driving too fast and hydroplaned, veering off the road.  He became paraplegic, wheelchair-bound and unemployed.

Jean-Luc is currently the director of Europe’s Disabled Peoples International, a global advocacy group that has organizations on five different continents.  It’s a volunteer position.  Since his accident, Jean-Luc’s sole income has been pension from the government.  In all likelihood, he would lose his pension indefinitely if he got a paid job.

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