Athena CooperBy day Athena works as a digital marketer, but by night she unfurls her creative cap as an acrylic and digital painter. As a co-founder of Tilted Windmills, she uses her artistic skills to create the unique and powerful illustrations for the campaigns.

Athena was born with a rare genetic condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which causes weakened bones and muscles and a diminutive stature. As an adult, she stands 3'7" tall, and uses a power wheelchair for speed and safety. Although she has had to deal with her fair share of medical issues, including fracturing over thirty bones to date, Athena believes that it is not her weakened bones or her wheelchair that disable her, but the attitudes of society itself.

For this reason, Athena strives to push into social and physical spaces that continue to prove challenging to people with disabilities. In this way she hopes to provide opportunities for other people with disabilities to demonstrate the strength and value of what they have to offer.


Athena's Articles

Adaptive Kayaking Camp 2017

posted: June 18, 2017

There is no view quite like this. For over twenty years, paddlers with a wide range of disabilities have come together for a weekend of adaptive kayaking at Alice Lake in Squamish, BC—about an hour’s drive outside of Vancouver. This … read more

WEBCOMIC: The Shower Head

posted: June 17, 2017

In the latest Tilted Windmills webcomic, we catch a glimpse of the day-to-day routines of Horace the Tortoise and Abigail Mouse. While Abigail reveals herself to be a morning mouse, Horace is something of a night owl. Also, introducing our … read more

WEBCOMIC: Weekend Getaway

posted: March 5, 2017

In our latest webcomic, our vacationing mouse and tortoise duo have distinctly different views about their hotel room. One of the fun things about doing this webcomic is being able to borrow stories from our own lives as inspiration—including this … read more