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Episode 30 – From Quadriplegic to Advocate: Josh Basile’s Powerful Story

Published: Thursday January 18, 2024

Pushing Forward with Alycia | A Disability Podcast

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Welcome Josh Basile!

In this stirring episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” we welcome Josh Basile, a determined C4-5 quadriplegic who turned a life-altering beach accident into a path of relentless advocacy and innovation.

As a trial attorney, inventor, and doting father, Josh challenges our views on disability and showcases the incredible feats achievable with grit and determination. His work with Determined2Heal and exemplifies his commitment to empowering others.

Join us as we explore the profound impact of technology, legal advocacy, and personal strength in creating an inclusive world for those with disabilities.

Key Highlights:

Josh’s Personal Journey: From an active teenager to facing sudden paralysis, Josh recounts the accident that changed his life, emphasizing how he turned adversity into advocacy.

Advocacy and Career: As a lawyer, Josh passionately works for disability rights, illustrating his commitment through legislative reforms and courtroom victories.

Technological Empowerment: Josh discusses how technology enhances independence for people with disabilities, from voice-controlled home systems to accessible legal resources.

Family Life: A touching segment on Josh’s experience as a “Quad Father,” highlighting the joys and challenges of parenting with a disability.

Community Contributions: Josh’s involvement with organizations like the United Spinal Association and his founding of, a vital resource for the paralysis community.

josh basile sitting in his power wheelchair wearing a green sweater and blue pants

“Focus on what you can do rather than dwell on what you cannot. Life then becomes a journey of accomplishments.” – Josh Basile

Closing Thoughts:

Josh’s story is a powerful reminder of the human spirit’s resilience. His dedication to improving the lives of others, despite his own challenges, is a testament to the impact one individual can have. Join us in celebrating Josh’s incredible story on this episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia.”

Connect with Josh:

Determined2Heal Foundation | Josh at Olender & Associates | Josh’s LinkedIn Profile

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