Scott Sussman – ILWAD Co Founder

Scott Sussman was born on April 8th, 1985. As he was being born his umbilical became wrapped around his neck, cutting off oxygen from his brain, the doctor used a suction cup to get him out. After labor everything was normal, there were no immediate complications. Scott rolled over, crawled and stood up on time. When it came time for Scott to let go and walk, it never happened. That is when his parents, Elaine and Barry knew something was wrong. Scott was a year and a half when his parents started taking him to different doctors around the country, at the same time, his next youngest brother, Jeff was born. At first, the doctors thought that the disease was progressing and that Scott would not live much longer. By the time Scott was 2, he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Specifically, spastic diplegia, which only affected his legs. Scott always went to normal able-bodied schools, and did well in school. When he got to high school, he decided to attend the Hun School of Princeton, which is where is his dad graduated from.

It was at the Hun School, that Scott really found himself as a friendly, competitive and out-going young man. Scott did not want special treatment, and the rule at Hun was for each student to participate in 2 team sports, Scott chose to participate in 3. Scott worked out in the weight room with the basketball team in the fall, swam in the winter and was a coxswain on the crew team in the spring. Scott was not the MVP of any of these sports, but was a valued member of each. He was a captain of both the swimming and crew team his senior year, and won coaches awards for swimming his junior year, and crew his senior year. After graduating from The Hun School in 2003, Scott decided to go away from home for school to the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida. It was a great decision.

Scott switched his major twice, from communications to health science, and from health science to business. Scott finished at Miami with a degree in Marketing and a minor in Sports Administration in May of 2007. He came home after school for an internship with NFL Films.

Since then, Scott has decided that he wanted to coach rowing and become a math teacher.

Scott has 3 siblings, Jeff, Danny and Carly. He is looking for a teaching and rowing coach position. He is also one of the people behind this amazing website. He hopes that it grows to be the next facebook. “There is so much out there for people with disabilities and their loved ones, and I want to be one of the people who helps them get it.”

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