Tasha in Her Own Words
"I almost gave up hope. I nearly succumbed to a life far below my potential.
But I pushed through a life-changing theater accident that left me paralyzed from the chest down and created a vibrant, fulfilling life.
I am a survivor, a believer, and a fighter.
And because my theater accident happened at the age of 16, I’ve dedicated my life to helping youth navigate struggles. I’ve poured every ounce of my pain and joy into this mission.
I travel across the country, speaking to schools and at youth conferences, imparting my message of hope and resilience. I inspire and challenge my listeners to overcome and persevere, no matter what life throws at them.
The importance of this message became painfully clear in 2014, when a close friend lost her son to suicide. Logan was only 14 years old. My curriculum is a pledge to Logan and gives youth a voice to reach out, ask for help, and know that there is hope."
Facts and Selected Accolades
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 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™.
Find Tasha In The Media:
WBKT Lacrosse News Interview
River Falls Journal - Schuh inspires EMS students to be resilient
My Last Step Backward Fox 9 News Interview
Life to the Max Interview
You Before Me Movie...Being Hopeful
Speaking to Youth & Embracing Life's Challenges
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.
In My Next Move Forward, Tasha dispels the myths and stereotypes that individuals with physical disabilities often confront. With belief in herself, Tasha takes a leap of faith that leads her to meet her soulmate. She tackles the pros and cons of online dating; answers questions on sex, intimacy, and childbirth; and confronts the delicate balance between work and romance. Tasha shows that setbacks often provide the best of life's lessons, and faith can transform dreams into reality.
The Power of PATH:
Building Resilience for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness Curriculum™.
Passionate about reaching youth after the tragic loss of a family friend, Tasha and her husband, Doug, created this comprehensive curriculum. This curriculum gives teachers tools to have important conversations with their students about mental health. This comprehensive six-lessons curriculum deepens students’ understanding of mental health and suicide awareness, as it delivers a set of tools that can potentially serve them in every aspect of their lives.
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