Innovative Lives: Adaptive Skateboarding, WCMX, and Inventing Your Own Path, Smithsonian

February 5, 2020, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, USA

Join the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation on Wednesday, February 5th for the 2020 kick-off of its award-winning Innovative Lives program series at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Innovative Lives: Adaptive Skateboarding, WCMX, and Inventing Your Own Path features adaptive skaters Oscar Loreto, Jr. and Dan Mancina, and WCMX (Wheelchair Motocross) icon Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham. Together, through personal stories and conversation, these inspiring figures will explore how innovation drives accessibility and the critical role of diversity, adaptability, and inclusion in skate and wheelchair motocross culture.

Each of these incredible athletes uses creativity and invention to overcome tremendous obstacles. Oscar uses prosthetics to overcome congenital birth defects to compete at the highest levels of competition and is the Chair of the Paralympic Committee for USA Skateboarding. Dan, diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition that left him blind at age 20, now skates using special canes, designs accessible skateboards and parks, and though blind, “changes how other people see.” Wheelz, born with spina bifida, is WCMX’s most influential pioneer and continues to push his sport to its absolute extremes. During this special Innovative Lives program, Oscar, Dan, and Wheelz will encourage people, of all ages and all abilities, to invent their own path forward.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Light reception from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Program begins at 6:45 p.m.

National Museum of American History
Enter at 1300 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC
Getting here
For nearest Metro Rail access, use Federal Triangle

Registration is FREE but required. Visit the website to reserve your tickets for this event and the entire series!

The National Museum of American History welcomes visitors of all ages and abilities. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided. For all other accessibility services, including real-time captioning (CART), please email, or call 202-633-3150. Two weeks’ notice is preferred.

Posted: January 24, 2020