ADA Amplified

Panel discussion with Paralympic Athletes

When: 1-2 p.m. 
Where: International Ballroom 
Walb Student Union, Union Cir Dr, Fort Wayne, IN 46815
Parking: Parking Garage 2 (P2)

Listen to the challenges and successes of the Paralympic Athletes and how you can create a more inclusive environment.

Moderated by Rena Shown, Chief of Development and Strategic Relationships at Turnstone. 

Meet the Paralympic panel

Eliana Mason is a 2-time Paralympic medalist in the sport of goalball. She helped the team bring home a bronze medal for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and a silver medal for Tokyo 2020. Eliana started her goalball career at 15 and has been playing for over 11 years. She is hoping to continue training and competing for Team USA, with the goal of helping the team qualify for the Paris 2024 Games. Outside of being an athlete, Eliana is passionate about mental health and recently earned her Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling. Additionally disability advocacy is important to Eliana and she would like to bridge a much-needed gap between disability awareness and mental health counseling. As someone with a disability, Eliana feels she is uniquely qualified for this position and is excited for what is to come. 

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In June 2006, while stationed in Ramadi, Iraq, the Humvee that Tom Davis was commanding hit an improvised explosive device (IED). The Humvee was blasted two stories in the air and landed on its top. Tom suffered many broken bones and injuries to his body resulting in an above the knee amputation. During his recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital, Tom was introduced to a handcycle as a means of physical therapy and mobility. After retiring from the Army, Tom suffered from PTSD, depression, and trauma from the attack. One day, while lifting weights, Tom was praying and felt led to start riding and racing his handcycle, doing it to glorify God. Tom then went on to become a 7-year member of the US Paralympic Cycling Team, retiring in 2022. During that time, he was one of the fastest Paracyclists in the world. He has won 7 National Championships, 3 silver medals at the UCI World Championships, plus over a dozen medals at UCI World Cups. He has also won the Boston Marathon four times including an unofficial world record of 58:36 in 2017. He competed in the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games, earning 5th and 6th places in his two events (Time Trial and Road Race). He also competed in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games, earning 5th in both races (Time Trial and Road Race). Tom met his wife, Jamie, in November 2003 and they were married after his first deployment to Iraq in July 2004. The couple are parents to four children, Brenan, Elliana (Elli), Isaiah, and Lyllian (Lylli). The Davis family makes their home in Fremont, Indiana.

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A two-time Paralympic medalist in the sport of goalball, Marybai has spent over a decade competing, coaching, and spreading disability awareness. Following graduation from the University of Utah and retirement from the national team, Marybai now serves as Sport Program Coordinator for the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes. She aims to utilize her experience as an athlete and passion for adaptive sports to inform nationwide programming for the blind and visually impaired community. 

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Paralympian Jeff Butler is an athlete for the USA Wheelchair Rugby team and was a Silver Medalist in the Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games. Jeff graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Jeff has worked as a Mobility Consultant for Vantage Mobility International. In this position, Jeff worked closely with the Chief Marketing Officer to launch successful products within the disability community and he developed and ran social media. Jeff also uses his personal experience to create new patent pending features for wheelchair accessible vehicles. Jeff currently serves on the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee as an ambassador during international competitions. 

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Thank you to our partners

  • AWS Foundation
  • The Heumann Perspective
  • The League
  • Turnstone
  • GiGi’s Playhouse
  • PFW
  • Manchester University