Rim Power - Redefining Normal, was founded in 2016 by Watertown, Mass. resident Mohammad Sayed, a disability rights advocate, inventor, filmmaker, entrepreneur, writer and motivational speaker. The mission of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is to promote an accessible world in which every wheelchair user is an integrated member of society who is viewed as enabled rather than disabled.
Rim Power’s first goal was creating an inspiring Afghan-American superhero comic book character, Wheelchair Man, whose mission is to bring hope and confidence to young children.
Published in 2017, the Wheelchair Man comic book and companion coloring book introduce the character Moh’s rocky path to becoming a superhero with the ability to show the damage of planned crimes to would-be terrorists before they commit them. This special power not only prevents harm, but Moh is then able to aid others who have experienced their own losses due to the brutality of war.
Wheelchair Man 2: CaptainAfghanistan, published in 2018, is based on Moh’s childhood friend who became homeless after losing an eye and leg. Future issues will feature Wheelchair Girl from India, the first child from a slum to attend school; Wheelchair Boy from South Africa, who was raised by a falcon after being brutalized and left to die by hisfather; and Wheelchair Woman from the Ukraine, the first model from her country who uses a wheelchair
Mohammad Sayed (Moh) exhibits a profound passion to bring hope and empowerment to differently abled children and adults around the world, and the creative talents to both inspire and enable such people to fully realize their potential and to be full participants in society. By his own example, he seeks to educate all of us to see beyond the stereotypes of “disability/ability” and help make way for the aspirations of the differently abled.
Like his superhero Wheelchair Man, Moh has overcome physical and emotional wounds inflicted by wartime violence against civilians in his native Afghanistan. Moh’s mother died when he was 5 years old, and 11 days later, he became paralyzed when his house was destroyed. His father took him to an NGO-operated hospital, where Moh lived for seven years until an American nurse brought the 12-year-old to the U.S. to rebuild his life.
While attending NuVu in Cambridge, Mass. in 2015, the same year he earned his American citizenship, Moh introduced his inventions for 3D-printed wheelchair accessories to President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair. A 2016 graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, he has patented numerous adaptive tools while creating comic book heroes with physical challenges to rebuild hope and empowerment in wheelchairs users worldwid.