Tim Shin: Foodie and Wheelchair User

If you ask Tim Shin about his greatest accomplishment, he’ll tell you about the time he ate an entire box of Thin Mints on his own.

“Accomplishment or low point? I’m not sure,” Tim joked.

What the 29-year-old resident of New Jersey knows for sure is that life gives him inspiration.

Born with congenital cerebral palsy, Tim relies on an electric wheelchair for mobility. His Edge 3 power chair with iLevel® has given Tim a huge boost in quality of life. He has more confidence in social situations and can reach the top shelf of the refrigerator.

“My chair is how I ambulate and interact with the world around me. I can’t function without it,” Tim said.

iLevel also allows Tim to be more active and successful in helping others. As the communications manager for a disability-focused nonprofit called AbleThrive, Tim works with his colleagues to provide web resources to power wheelchair users to help these individuals live their best lives.

Tim has many passions, particularly a love for food, as well as television, fashion, shoes, music and movies. He is very interested to see Asian and disability representation continue to grow in mainstream media.