“I believe that we are the ones who must write the chapters in our own book, not allowing others to control our narrative. All of us have the ability to do extraordinary things.”– Paul Amadeus Lane
Everyone has a story to tell. As a broadcast journalist, Paul Amadeus Lane must find creative ways to communicate the stories of the people he interviews. Of course, Paul has his own unique story.
An automobile accident at 22 years old left Paul a C-6 quadriplegic. Still, Paul’s life was just beginning!
“I believe that we are the ones who must write the chapters in our own book, not allowing others to control our narrative,” Paul said. “All of us have the ability to do extraordinary things.”
After attending college, Paul pursued a successful career in radio broadcasting. Today, he lives with his wife, Rae, in Adelanto, CA. He is a Friend of Quantum and serves as an ambassador for the Abilities Expo. Paul also works as an accessibility consultant for the gaming and tech industry. He also serves as a board member for a non-profit organization, DAGERSystem, which helps make gaming more accessible for everyone, regardless of their abilities.
Paul has never let fear of the unknown prevent him from overcoming challenges. With his iLevel® Power Wheelchair, Paul experiences greater independence. He can reach cabinets that are higher up and dust the top shelves. Paul’s previous power wheelchair could only elevate if he wasn’t driving it. So, Paul enjoys the fact that he can now elevate and drive at the same time. iLevel offers many professional benefits too.
“I’m looking forward to covering live events and interviewing people on the red carpet and being able to look at them in the eye,” Paul said. “If I need to move around and get into another position, I can do it easily.”
In addition to iLevel, Paul loves his Quantum backup camera. He uses it both in the home and out in the community.
“I’m able to back up safely and not run over anyone’s toes,” Paul said.
Paul is extremely proud of all that he has accomplished. He was the subject of a mini movie titled “Paul + Voice Access,” created by Android and Google, which highlighted his life as a disabled broadcast journalist. Paul was involved in a video gaming project that was recognized with the first ever Accessibility Award at the 2020 Game Awards. The game, “The Last of Us, Part II” has become the gold standard with accessibility settings.
Paul’s love for storytelling, gaming and making a difference in the lives of others has helped him excel in all aspects of his life.