Mission Statement

“Making Disability Disappear” by working with people with disabilities to help them find their unique place in the world, and to change the world’s view of disabled people by sharing their inspirational stories.

About

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was founded by Thomas J. Shimeld and Ricky D. Boone and incoporated in the state of North Carolina on November 24, 2010 as a charitable non-profit corporation.

Inspired by the mystifying misdirection of Ricky D. Boone who uses magic and comedy to make his disability a great ability, The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. was founded to teach the art of misdirection to encourage the world to focus on another’s ability rather than one’s disability; to guide youth in the discovery of their own talents; and to give youth a path to reach their full potential.  Its purpose is also to provide entertainment, education, and inspiration to children of all ages in the hope that each will attain his or her God-given potential.  And to print and publish inspirational books and literature.

T.J. Shimeld and Ricky D. Boone founded the organization to help people with special needs and to promote the arts. Ricky’s life has purpose: he loves to make people laugh. T.J. and Ricky would love to give others a chance to find what they love.

T.J. and Ricky’s dream is to have a place where they can let special needs people come and be a part of a business, be a part of a magic show. Perhaps they could sing, dance, tell jokes, paint, take photographs, or sell tickets – whatever they could do and wish to do.

Board of Directors

TJ Shimeld
President

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Gil Carson
Vice President

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Ricky D. Boone
Co-founder/PR Director

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Vixi Jil Glenn
Secretary

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Kelti Buchholz
Member

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Workshops

The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. offers a number of workshops which are universally accessible, yet geared toward helping people with disabilities find a life-long passion through learning about the arts and learning skills that have real world application as a hobby or potential career path. With the All Things Possible Workshops, The Vanishing Wheelchair hopes to give a sampling of possibilities that an individual can try. Once several people develop an interest in a particular art form, The Vanishing Wheelchair can offer specialized clubs in that field for more in-depth study. The Magic, Mirth & Meaning shows, which happen twice a month, act as a showcase for people to further practice and hone their talents in front of a live audience. Click the date/workshop for more information or contact us via email.

FUTURE OFFERINGS:
Seated Tai Chi: Vixi Jil Glenn offers the unique strength, breathing, and flow of energy throughout the body that traditional Tai Chi offers, but from a seated position. Integrating her penchant for story telling and repetition of movements, participants will quickly learn and retain the knowledge Vixi imparts.

Photography: Lead by Ricky D. Boone with the aid of other photographers, Ricky imparts his knowledge and eye for capturing life’s magical moments on film. Participants will begin with disposable cameras and advance to black and white photography and dark room film development.

Wood Working: Participants will learn basic wood-working techniques while measuring, cutting, sanding, and staining their own 3D optical-illusion puzzle.

Story Telling: At age sixteen, Vixi Jil Glenn writing rhyming faerie tales, and by age seventeen was telling them professionally. Vixi offers numerous workshops from Traditional Appalachian Jack Tales, to Cherokee Myths, to Biblical Tales. See www.vixijil.com for details.

Appalachian Faerie Folk School: Storyteller Vixi Jil weaves together original and ancient faerie tales, enchanted walkabouts and personal accounts to help guide folks into explorations of discovery in the etheric realms and the magical world of faeries, elves, devas, brownies, gnomes, mermaids and all sorts of wonderful enchantments.

Misfit Toys ConstructionRudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer had deep meaning to magician Ricky D. Boone, story teller Vixi Jil Glenn, and singer Kelti Buchholz growing up with and around disabilities. They discovered that everyone has a place in the world. Participants will learn skills in sewing, crafting, sculpting, and painting as they breath new life into old toys by reassembling them in new ways.

 

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The Vanishing Wheelchair, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) Non-profit Public Charity, EIN 27-4121938 (legal name: Vanishing Wheelchair) located in Asheville, NC 28804. It values transparency and its exempt status filings are available to view at IRS.gov.

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