If you’re looking for a ray of sunshine, a smiling face and a ‘no excuses’ positive attitude, find Julienne Dallara at the Abilities Expo. Julienne has Transverse Myelitis, but it doesn’t slow her down.
Julienne not only sells booth space at the Expo; she also serves as the disaster consultant for any exhibitor who has a problem, the unofficial office of information for the Expo attendees, the Abilities Expo queen of hospitality for exhibitors and attendees.
Under her company name Accessible Consulting, Julienne still sells accessible vehicles, does peer counseling and sells her own hand-made jewelry on Etsy.
After waking up paralyzed in 1996, Julienne went from being a professional singer/dancer/actress to selling disability vehicles, with an emphasis on connecting her peers with solutions to their problems.
From 1988-1991, Julienne ran her own non-profit, Volunteer AIDS Massage Project, bringing healing touch to people with AIDS in hospitals and hospices. It is hard to remember, but in those days, no one would touch people who were suffering from AIDS.
When asked why she contributes to NATURALLY ABLE, Julienne says, “I find that the spirit and intention of N-ABLE matches my own. My message is ‘Stop whining, look at these great tools. Now use them to make yourself better!’”