“Disability need not be an obstacle to success,” Stephen Hawking wrote in the first ever world disability report back in 2011. As one of the most influential scientists of modern times, the physicist is certainly proof of that..
Madonna Crosthwaite Long grew up in Nevada. Born in Yerrington and growing up in Winnemucca, Golconda and Battle Mountain. She is one of 8 Crosthwaite children. She currently lives in Battle Mountain.
Madonna is a respected and established personality in the disability community who works with disability organizations, leaders, and businesses around the United States. She is a Consumer Advocate to Quantum and Pride Mobility Products. Madonna is the founder of 360 Access and NV Disability Coalition.
Madonna was injured her senior year in high school in 1981. While returning from in Utah to Wyoming, she was paralyzed in a school bus accident. The bus was descending down a mountain in Utah when their bus lost the brakes. Her best friend Julie died.
She is the mother of four children. Tyler who works for NASA, Joshua who lives in Utah, Julie who lives in Pennsylvania and Tanner who is a senior at Battle Mountain High school. She is CEO & President of Loops Media Group. She owns Madonna Long Consulting LLC,. a consulting company.
Madonna was 1985 Runner up for Ms. Wheelchair Nevada in 1994, She ran for Nevada State Assembly in 1994 and she has a bachelors degree in Homeland Security
Madonna has worked as a Consumer Advocate for Pride Mobility Products for over 10 years on public policy for people with disabilities and their mobility needs through advancing policy for durable medical equipment and complex rehab technology.
Madonna worked on accessible transportation where for 2 years she helped policies in Chicago, Washington DC, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and New York for accessible taxi services.
She is recognized by her peers as well, she works with the American Association of People with Disabilities, National Council on Independent Living as well as industry organizations to advance key issues.