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Wander your realm

episode 1


Amanda’s story is a universal message of hope. On February 27th, 1992 a skiing accident rendered her a paraplegic. After more than two decades of paralysis and a journey across continents, her pursuit is one of spirit-mind-body transformation. While her spinal cord injury took away her ability to walk, it didn’t take away her ability to dream. Her story illustrates how hope, perseverance and technology are revolutionizing disability.

Amanda is a passionate and dynamic motivational speaker and has been involved in community and outreach projects that aim to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities.

Amanda serves as the founding Executive Director for Bridging Bionics Foundation - bridging human mobility with bionic technology. In her spare time she enjoys skiing, being outdoors, writing, painting and drawing. She lives near Aspen in Basalt, Colorado with her golden retriever named Benson.

Amanda Boxtel

Professional Speaker
Executive Director, Bridging Bionics Foundation

Music Credits

Jai Wolf
Indian Summer (Instrumental)

Q & A

Q: What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?

A: I will always have an indelible desire to pay it forward and give back to help others – especially if it means helping improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. I have always lived in pursuit of the best quality of life possible. If others can garner wisdom from my journey and live a better life, then I feel like I have contributed and made a difference.

Q: Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or a Sunday afternoon?

When I’m not working or traveling to fun destinations, I’m recreating outside - downhill skiing, cross country skiing, hand cycling, waterskiing, kite surfing, walking in a wearable robot, or throwing a ball for my golden retriever, Benson.

Q: What would be impossible for you to give up?

A: The most impossible thing to give up would be my health...and then freedom of mobility... along with love, friends, and beauty found in nature.

Q: How old were you when you learned to ski/ride?

A: Twenty-one!

Q: Which of the four Aspen Snowmass mountains is your favorite?

A: Highlands for its high-speed quads that access steep and deep terrain; Snowmass for its vast expansiveness. When I conquered Snowmass, my spirit was renewed.