Media coverage

We would like to thank Dave for the real and timely experiences he shared with the TeleProgram participants. The presentation "Workplace Communication for People with Disabilities" was tailored, specific, and relevant to young adults gaining confidence for working and living independently.

Sharon Sellet, TeleProgram Director Spina Bifida Association of Cincinnati

The following articles discuss Dave Carl and the success of his book, Super Cyclist.

  • Boosting Self-Confidence in Students Who've Been Bullied

  • Rider Spotlight: Dave Carl, Advocate, Volunteer, Author

    You don’t always have to look far to find everyday superheroes; sometimes, it’s the person sitting next to you on the bus. C-VAN rider Dave Carl is one of them. He may not have x-ray vision or a fancy costume, but he has the passion and drive to do things that others may assume he cannot. Dave has spina bifida and uses a wheelchair. Those who don’t know him may see his chair and underestimate what he is capable of, but you’ll find that they are putting limits on him that don’t exist. Dave’s superpower is that he knows what he can accomplish and is his own best advocate.

    Dave is the author of two children's books: Super Cyclist Saves the Day, and Super Cyclist Battles Stinkball Man. The hero of the books, John, uses a wheelchair. In the books, John feels a calling to fight crime, but he is used to people telling him what he isn’t capable of due to his disability—sound familiar? Throughout the books, John casts aside the ideas that others have about him and his abilities and works relentlessly toward his goals. The books show children that even if their path to their goal isn’t the same as everyone else’s, they can still do great things and should believe in themselves. Dave also puts his writing skills to use on his blog, The blog is a spot for him to share personal experiences and resources surrounding independent living. Dave graciously agreed to chat with us about his projects and his very personal connection to them.


  • Ep.2 Building Independence Skills

  • #18 A Leg Up On Life - Dave Carl

    Dave Carl is a motivational speaker, author, blogger, and social worker. He was born with spina bifida, a condition where the spinal cord is not fully developed. Because of this, Dave is paralyzed from the waist down and has been in a wheel chair his entire life. He wrote the children's book, Super Cyclist. He has a bachelor's degree in Social Work and gives back to his community in huge ways. Dave is a certified ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Coordinator and he uses his knowledge to teach independent living classes to other physically and developmentally disabled adults.