Disabled lawyer devoted to making world accessible

March 15, 2014

McGuire is a lawyer, founder of two companies, actor and last year published his first novel called "Patrick."

"Patrick" is a story of four teenagers with physical disabilities who form a friendship during their weeklong stay at a rehab hospital.

"It's based on a true story and parts of it are fiction," McGuire said. "I fictionalized the story to some degree. I would say 70 percent of the story is true."

McGuire grew up in a large Irish-Catholic family in New York. When he was seven, he became disabled.

"I was playing baseball and a guy was literally intoxicated drove off the road into the yard where I was playing and I just didn't have enough time to get out of the way," he said.

"I was paralyzed from the neck down. I had no use of my upper body, my hands, my fingers. But I had very tough parents who busted my back side and it took about two years for me to be classified from a quadriplegic to a paraplegic."

Instead of practicing law, McGuire started his own business.

"McGuire Associates is the counselling firm that is the one where I work with the sports teams and rock concert venues around the country," he said. "I get hired in schematic design to ensure that the architects and interiors designers even the web developer that they're complying with the ADA. Other times I get hired in relative situations where the justice department has gone."

His new business launched last year.

"It's called Able Road," he said. "It's a Yelp-like, Angie List-like, Zaget-like website and apps that allows you to rate interview and comment on any property, pretty much in the world, from a hearing site, cognitive mobility perspective."

Despite all this, McGuire said his real goal was to become an actor.

"I landed a role in the movie called Born on the Fourth of July with Tom Cruise and Oliver Stone," he said. "I also got hired by Oliver to work with Tom on all the Wheelchair scenes. And I did another film called Gatica with Uma Thurman, Ethan Hawk and Jude Law on all the wheelchair scenes.

"Many times people say, 'Oh, you're so special or unique or whatever,' but I just tell people that I'm just trying to keep my head above water just like everyone else."

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