AUTHOR: Angel Arredondo
Angel Arredondo was born with a rare condition called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC). She is a wife and mother. Angel has overcome many obstacles that most people would consider far too difficult considering her limitations.
Angel is an active advocate for disability rights, a keynote speaker, an inclusion model for photoability.net, and a member of an advisory committee for women with disabilities regarding pelvic health and reproduction. Additionally, Angel serves as the 2018 Ms. Wheelchair Texas and the new President and State Coordinator of the organization.
I Love My Red Wagon is her first in a five-book series touching on her experiences as a child living with a disability.
Angel has always worked to be an example of self-acceptance and empowerment for her peers by creating changes in her community and the world. She is working to increase awareness and move public accessibility from a current afterthought to creating inclusive options for everybody.
Angel firmly believes that she and other wheelchair users are fully capable. “We are unlimited. We can do anything and everything. Our wheels just get us there faster.”
Summertime fun in the water contributed to the limitless freedom of mobility for a little girl with special needs. This type of playtime created a strong identity, in addition to enduring friendships. Despite the fact her legs did not allow her to walk and her hands were slightly bent, her weightlessness in water provided accessibility in movement. She soon gained strength and agility, and developed confidence and trust within herself and her friends. This is a great story for disabled children, able-bodied children, and their families. Parents and educators have utilized this story to spread awareness and acceptance for children of every age.
One word describes what a timeless toy brought a little girl with special needs: freedom. It contributed to a little girl's self-esteem, confidence, and mobility. With her wagon, she was able to have fun and join in on all the activities a school day brings. Despite her physical limitations, she quickly learned that she could still do anything her friends could do diﬀerently. Although her hands were slightly bent and her legs did not allow her to walk, she became a motivated student, a playful friend, and an independent girl. With her wagon, she could do anything she set her mind to. This is a great story for disabled children, able-bodied children, and their families. Parents and educators have utilized this story to spread awareness and acceptance for children of every age.