Wheelchair Doesn't Stop 'Diva'

June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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June 21, 2013 Updated Jun 21, 2013 at 12:55 AM EDT


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Buffalo, NY

Welcome to a world of super powers and a Cinderella story like you've never heard before with Cinderella in a magical wheelchair.

"She has a wheelchair that flies but that doesn't last forever. She has Monique which is her fairy godmother and she's flunked out of Enchantment University but helps her nonetheless. Cinderella goes on to open up her own business and become an independent woman," explained Jewel Kats.

"Cinderella and the Magical Wheelchair" is just one of the award-winning children's books written by 34 year old Toronto based author Jewel Kats.

Kats was permanently injured in a car crash at the age of nine years old. In addition to her mobility challenges she suffers from arthritis, low-bone density, and chronic pain. Many days she's in bed, trapped in her own body.

In order to deal with the pain Kats tells Eyewitness News she escapes to a world of fantasy.

"When the pain gets really really bad I imagine myself in a forest with sandalwood trees and it's nicely fragranced with the sun kind of coming down on me," said Kats.

Her resilience has inspired thousands and through her books she's helping families to live life to the fullest in spite of their disabilities.

From her five inch heels to her glammed out nails, Kats says she is a proud diva and now a new role model for Jessica Levesque, a 20 year old Buffalo woman who suffers from Autism.

"She's very confident. She's someone who like doesn't care what people say. Just because I have a disability that doesn't make me any less," said Jessica.

"To know that my daughter can see her as a role model and be empowered by that is just a wonderful, wonderful gift and opportunity for her," shared Jessica's mother Aimee Levesque.

Jewel Kats will appear at a book signing Friday, June 21st from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday, June 22nd from 1pm to 3pm at the Museum of DisABILITY in Buffalo.