Jennifer Longdon

Photo by Brandon Thibodeaux


Poised for action in her ultralight wheelchair, Jennifer Longdon prepares to dash through the summer rainstorm in Phoenix, Arizona. “Every woman for herself!” she calls out, challenging a reporter who is also going for it. We make it through the light monsoon rain, she on wheels, and the reporter — me — on foot, both wiping our eyeglasses dry on our clothes when we get to shelter.

Longdon, 57, is giving me a tour of Ability360, a huge, state-of-the-art independent living center — complete with gym and fitness facilities — for people with disab