Justin Ross Yoder (born November 9, 1986, Middlebury, Indiana) was the first child with a disability to drive a soapbox in the All American Soapbox Derby. He suffers from Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Early life and education
Justin Ross Yoder was born on November 9, 1986 in Middlebury, Indiana. He went to Bethany Christian School in Goshen, Indiana. Later, he studied American Sign Language at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.
In 1996, aged 10, Yoder challenged the regulations to allow children with disabilities to use a hand brake instead of the required foot brake. Thanks to him, regulations were changed. The hand brake is now called the Justin Brake in his honor.
Miracle in Lane 2
The 2000 Disney film Miracle in Lane 2 is based on Yoder's true story. The film was directed by Greg Beeman and written by screenwriter Donald C. Yost and noted racing car driver Joel Kauffman. Kauffman knew Yoder from the college and he contacted Yost for his help with the story. Yoder's character in the film was portrayed by Frankie Muniz and his brother Seth's by Patrick Levis.
|Article Title:||Justin Yoder: American disabled soap box derby rider - Biography and Life|
|Author(s):||PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff|
|Publish Date:||05 Jan 2017|
|Last Update Date:||23 Feb 2020|
|Date Accessed:||10 Apr 2020|