Peggy Chenoweth has fought for the rights of people with disabilities her entire career. She created amputeemommy.com, a blog devoted to discussing real-life issues affecting people with limb loss, which today has a monthly readership of nearly 500,000. This year, she received a Bloggie Award in recognition of the attention her blog drew to a Medicare policy proposal in 2015 that could have restricted vital prosthetic care.
She is also a consultant for the Amputee Coalition, where she manages the organization’s social media platforms. Under her leadership, the Amputee Coalition won a Social Media APEX Award for Best Facebook Page for a Disability Nonprofit in 2014. She served as consultant for “Grey’s Anatomy” in connection with the storyline about an above-knee amputee, and been interviewed by HuffPost Live, CNN, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Before Peggy lost her own leg in an accident, she was named Virginia Special Educator of the Year in 2004 for her work with visually impaired students.