Ben Trockman broke his neck as a result of a motocross accident at the age of 17. The life ahead of him was suddenly very different from the one he’d imagined for himself. Ben didn’t dwell on that reality for long. He graduated from high school and then earned a Communications degree from the University of Southern Indiana. That degree helped refine Ben’s natural gift for writing, speaking, and persuading influencers to enact legislation or policies for positive change.

He’s actively petitioned state and federal legislation — collecting over 15,000 signatures — to make air travel more attainable for people with physical disabilities. He’s served as an ambassador for Easterseals, reaching out to newly-injured individuals who find themselves faced with the same set of questions that he faced as a 17-year-old. And he’s helping change the way employers look at hiring people with physical disabilities. Through his work as Community Outreach and Employment Specialist at Old National Bank, he’s challenging businesses and organizations to open their eyes to the biases of not hiring the disabled population — whether deaf, blind, or paralyzed — and recognize they are a critical component of the solution for breaking down prejudices and discomfort around people with disabilities.