Hear From Our Clients

This is a place you can come to and realize there is hope for recovery, there is hope for the future, and there is hope for life after a spinal cord injury. NextStep Orlando is so much more than Activity Based Therapy, it is a community and a family filled with support, hope and motivation.
- Amanda Perla

At just 18 years old, Amanda, a senior at Lake Mary High School, was a passenger in a car accident and paralyzed from the neck down. Luckily, her mother Liza was determined to find the best possible recovery option available and brought Next Step’s innovative activity based therapy program to Orlando in 2009.

Robert Mudge, a client since the very beginning, was paralyzed in a car accident when he was 18 years old in Ormond Beach, FL. Mudge spent 5 years in a power wheelchair before starting activity based therapy and gaining the strength to push a manual wheelchair...
After being paralyzed in a car accident in 2010, Melissa wanted to "see a change", she wanted more for her recovery, so she sought out activity based therapy. Melissa drives from Jacksonville to NextStep Orlando weekly because she is dedicated to keeping her body health and will not give up on one day being able to walk again!
Orlando native, David, now 38, was in Alabama in September 2014 to celebrate one of his best buddies getting married. He was in the wedding party and everyone decided to jump in the pool at the venue after the reception. David dove in and hit his head on the bottom of the pool, paralyzing him from the neck down.
In June 2013, Lauren, just 19 at the time, was attending Penn State University when she dove into and hit her head on a black bottom pool. She broke her neck and is now a C6 quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.