WHEEL LIFE STORIES PRESENTS
PEOPLE of the WHEEL WORLD
Not all superheroes wear capes, some have Wheelz.
Meet the unstoppable Candis Welch, who proves that there are no limitations to one's accomplishments. Candis was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy a genetic disease that affects the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. This diagnoses has NEVER defined Candis. Graduating at the top of her class, Candis earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration, she runs the successful blog CanCan on Wheelz, works for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and is the Executive Assistant to the legendary actress, writer, and producer Issa Rae. Is there anything CanCan Can’t Do? Probably Not! Keep up with Candis here and check her out on Instagram!
See our interview below⬇
At what age did you realize that you were differently abled?
In elementary. I realized it because I was heavily bullied; I was never selected for the games at recess or other school yard activities. I knew then I was not “normal” and life would not be like the other kids.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Surviving lol Life is hard and for me there are a million reasons to give up and just exist but the accomplishment is in getting up through the pain, through the dark days, and winning. The degrees I have earned and amazing travels would have never been possible if I didn’t get up and power through.
What made you start your blog CanCan On Wheelz?
I wanted to help. To be a source of wisdom and encouragement to someone who was unaware or unsure of how to navigate this world, accomplish their goals, live independently as a differently abled person. Plus I was tired of complaining about not seeing myself represented and tired of seeing the disABLED community slighted. I wanted to be apart of the change that would spark the conversation of disability awareness and equality to the forefront.
How do you juggle being an assistant to Issa Rae, working for LA Homeless Services Authority and running a blog?
GOD & COFFEE! It is not easy to navigate so many things, especially since I just recently added Real Estate school to the mix. I am a type A individual and live by my calendar... I also try to work smarter and not harder. I use my time very wisely. When I’m commuting I’m re organizing my day, answering emails, making phone calls. Time is very valuable and I must make the best use of it to be successful in my day, life and projects. My days are long (I literally am up from 6am - 1am) Monday - Friday... Weekends I try to sleep till 10am, but if work calls then I’m up lol. Working for a celebrity is demanding and not for the weak. But I work for a dope black woman and I enjoy being in her creative space.
What advice would you give to others that are differently abled?
Don’t give up! It will be hard, it will break your spirit a couple times and that’s ok. Sometimes you gotta break to rebuild yourself to be stronger for the next phase in life.
What do you want the world to know about you?
I am dedicated to breaking barriers and destroying stereotypes of disABLED people. I want to be a resource to those who are looking for answers and want change.