August 26, 1936 – February 18, 2019
"The vision has its own appointed hour, it ripens, it will flower; if it be long, then wait, for it is sure, and it will not be late."
This website page is dedicated to one of The Whole Person’s founding members, Mona Randolph.
Although Mona had polio, she lived a rich, full, long and abundant life. Mona was known for being one of the very few polio survivors nationally still using an iron lung. However, Mona will also be remembered as an early and successful advocate for independent living by people with severe disabilities.
She was an early and longtime member of The Whole Person. She served on the board of directors for the Coalition for Independence. She was a volunteer at Abounding Love, Colonial Presbyterian Church’s ministry to persons with developmental disabilities. And, her advocacy helped bring curb cuts to Kansas City. In 1972, Mona put her beliefs in action, and organized a household and network of personal care helpers who allowed her to live in her own home on her own terms.
In 1989, Mona was asked to contribute an article about her motivation for living independently to the 30th anniversary issue of the Rehabilitation Gazette. It was a compelling need, she asserted, to live out her Christian faith, to translate her beliefs into daily living, a necessity of personal integrity, and a need to show that God keeps his promises. He is faithful.
Below are links to Mona's story. Please download and read about how she lived a full and independent life
November 18, 2019
Mona Randolph was awarded the Paul H. Levy Founders Award at The Whole Person's Night of Independence Gala - An Evening in Paris, on Friday, September 24, 2021. This is a video of Mark Randolph accepting the award, that was shown at the event.