Matt Grillot shares that he is a 43-year-old power wheelchair using quadriplegic, having been injured at the age of 6 in 1983. This was well before the ADA, the Internet, and his family’s awareness of Centers for Independent Living and the Independent Living Movement. His parents taught him that he would need to know his cares better than anybody else, including nurses and doctors.
When he was a Junior in high school he met Liz Sherwin from the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL). During his study hall periods, over the course of a couple months, she trained him in the basics of Personal Attendant (PA) management. She also assisted him in his transition from high school to college. A year after graduating from Iowa State University (ISU) in 2000, with a business degree majoring in Accounting, he was asked if he would be willing to be on the IICIL’s Board of Directors. He was approved to serve on the Board and did so for six years from 2000-2006. During that time he served as Vice President and President. From 2013 to 2019 he served another six years on the IICIL’s Board of Directors as a Voting Member.