Deb Gordon’s guest was clinical psychologist and Ms. Wheelchair NY, Dr. Danielle Sheypuk, who will be making her New York Fashion Week debut “walking” designer Carrie Hammer’s runway on Thursday February 6th. Dr. Sheypuk is a long time advocate of promoting the fashionable, social side of people in wheelchairs which she considers to be an area where many disabled individuals are still discriminated against.
Dr. Sheypuk who has been in her wheelchair since the age of 2, discussed growing up without dating at a time when most people with disabilities are steered towards a career and not thought of as datable or candidates for romance and a family. Since moving to Manhattan in 2000, she has been described as the “Carrie Bradshaw” of women in wheelchairs and has successfully integrated New York’s social scene doing many of the things most thirty-something’s do, including dating, frequenting exclusive clubs, and buying designer clothes and shoes!
Dr. Sheypuk discussed public perceptions about people in wheelchairs not capable of being sexy, chic and fashionable, and is well on her way towards helping to change negative societal views by being one of the first — if not the first — person in a wheelchair on a runway during New York Fashion Week. While doing her research about runway models in wheelchairs, Dr. Sheypuk stated that she could only find Google references to actual models of wheelchairs. Obviously, the doctor is doing everything she can to change this and to fight the stereotypes and stigma surrounding people with disabilities.
Dr. Sheypuk also discussed her innovative private practice at which she offers Skype-based therapy sessions and counsels on dating and romance.
To learn more about Dr. Danielle Sheypuk and to contact her, visit www.daniellesheypuk.com.