About Tasha Schuh

 

Tasha Schuh is an inspirational speaker who equips youth to be resilient for their mental and emotional health. The four components of her speech, PATH (Purpose, Attitude, Team, and Hope), helped Tasha be resilient after a life-changing theater accident at age 16, which left her paralyzed from the chest down. She now lives a vibrant, fulfilling life with her husband and manager, Doug.

 

Tasha and Doug speak to audiences across the country, focusing on middle and high school students, sharing her message of PATH and resilience. She is also the author of two books “My Last Step Backward” and “My Next Move Forward.” Tasha has received many awards, including The National Rehabilitation Champion Award and The Hometown Hero Award. 

 

Beyond her inspirational message, Tasha is passionate about helping youth build a foundation for resilience in their lives. Tasha and a team of mental health and education professionals created The Power of PATH: Building Resilience for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Curriculum™. This teacher-led program is designed for grades 6-12. 

 

Whether she’s speaking to an auditorium full of students or adults, Tasha’s message empowers people to build resilience to overcome life’s challenges!

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Facts and Selected Accolades

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  • Tasha lives in Wisconsin with her husband and manager, Doug.   

  • Tasha has authored two books: “My Last Step Backward” and “My Next Move Forward.”

  • The PITCrew movement kicked off in 2015 and has evolved into a school curriculum titled The Power of PATH: Building Resilience for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Curriculum™ (Click here to learn more).

  • Besides speaking on stage, Tasha has a regular Vlog on YouTube, TikTok, and on her website that delivers snippets of inspiration and a peek into her daily life. 

  • Tasha was crowned Ms. Wheelchair USA in 2012.

  • Tasha received the National Rehabilitation Champion Award in 2012, nominated by Mayo Clinic.

  • Tasha has been recognized twice by the Wisconsin State Legislature for inspiring others.

  • In 2014, Tasha received the Young Distinguished Alumni Award from Winona State University.

  • In 2016, Tasha was awarded the Falconer Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Governor's Committee for People with Disabilities. 

  • In 2020, Tasha's Keynote and the Curriculum both received the SAVE Certification from SAVE Certified™.

Author

 

After showcasing her talent as the lead in her high school's production of Grease, Tasha Schuh began to dream of a career in theater. No one knew that the stage itself would steal her dream-and almost her life-during a rehearsal for the next big show. Author of  My Last Step Backward, Tasha chronicles her journey from childhood through the ups and downs of high school. The horror of a near-fatal accident leads to the divine calling of a young woman to make a difference in the world.

 

 

 

 

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Tasha and Doug

 

In their downtime, Tasha and her husband, Doug enjoy spending time at their home in western Wisconsin. Doug, former chief meteorologist for the ABC affiliate in Eau Claire, WI, married Tasha in 2013. Touring together, Doug works with Tasha as her manager. 

“We all go through challenges in life. It is my hope that when students hear about my journey, they can relate it to their own story in some way and see that no matter what the circumstance, life is still worth living.” -Tasha