WheelchairRapunzel & Co. is a growing online shop based in Chicago, IL that was founded by disabled boss babe, advocate, creative, and social media influencer Alex Dacy. Alex runs WR & Co. right from her apartment while she operates all aspects of the business including designing every piece in our shop. Each piece is designed specifically to empower each customer to culminate self-love & body positivity in style. Our first collection, Love Your Genes, was released in February of 2018. Love your genes was conceptualized on the basis of Alex having a genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Our genes make us who we are from our eye color to our personalities to our sexual orientation. That’s why it’s vital that we love our genes for making us beautiful on the inside & out. We later expanded to our most recent collection in early 2019 that has taken the world by storm, spanning from the United States to Australia. Our newest collection includes body positive, inclusive, and empowering statement pieces like our best selling disabledbodiesmatter products. Alex has a close relationship with her customers and runs an Instagram page for WheelchairRapunzel & Co. where you find many beautiful faces rocking our products.
Alex is a passionate and witty young woman who has a rare genetic disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) type 2. SMA is a progressive muscle weakening disease that effects the motor neurons needed to do things such as walk, talk, eat, and breathe which means she requires a power wheelchair along with other equipment to live comfortably & independently. SMA effects every 1 in 10,000 babies born. To learn more about SMA, visit www.curesma.org
Alex graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a degree in Rehabilitation Services in December of 2016. During college, Alex realized that advocating for people with disabilities was her passion. She spent 6 months doing an internship, before she graduated college, working at a transitional facility for adults with various intellectual disabilities. During this time Alex demonstrated not only her love for advocating for people with disabilities, but her unique skills and ability to connect and impact others lives in a significant way. Alex graduated and began a new journey living in the city of Chicago where she currently resides. After searching and trying to obtain employment in a field that she loves with no success, Alex began to have a different vision. She started an Instagram account where she started blogging about her disability and fashion, which has been growing significantly ever since its inception on Dec 15, 2017. Alex was empowered by the support of her followers to create something meaningful to herself and others. Since then, she has been featured on Daily Mail, Barcroft Media’s Born Different Series, amongst several other media outlets. Her story has been gaining public visibility as she eloquently shares her thoughts about disability representation with an emphasis on disabled bodies.