February 2, 1983|
Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States
|Other names||In Dodowa, Ghana: Ayerkie Dede|
|Education||Bachelor of Science in Psychology|
|Alma mater||University of Arizona|
|Occupation||motivational speaking, keynote speaker|
|Years active||Since November 2005|
|Employer||Jessica Cox Motivational Services|
|Known for||Armless surfing, armless scuba diving, armless Ercoupe pilot, armless Taekwondo|
|Awards||Guinness World Record: The Only Pilot to Fly With Their Feet, US Inspiration Awards for Women 2012: Most Aspirational|
Jessica Cox (born 1983 in Arizona) is the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. She was born without arms due to a rare birth defect.
Cox has not used prosthetic arms since she turned 14. Using her feet as most people use their hands, she is able, among other things, to drive an unmodified car with an unrestricted license, to type on a keyboard at 25 words per minute, to pump her own gas, and to put in and remove her contact lenses. She is also a certified SCUBA diver.
Jessica Cox flew in a single engine airplane for the first time via Wright Flight in 2005. Jessica earned her pilot's certificate on October 10, 2008, after three years of training, and is qualified to fly a light-sport aircraft to altitudes of 10,000 feet. She received her flight training through an Able Flight scholarship and soloed under the instruction of Parrish Traweek.
Cox's Sport Pilot Certificate is for an ERCO 415-C Ercoupe which the Federal Aviation Administration has designated a light sport aircraft. Designed in the 1940s, the Ercoupe was built without rudder pedals. Instead, the rudder is interconnected with the ailerons through the yoke. This unique design allows Cox to control the airplane with one foot controlling the yoke while the other foot controls the throttle.
At the age of 10, Cox began training in taekwondo at a school in her home town of Sierra Vista. At the age of 14, she earned her first black belt. While in college at the University of Arizona Cox restarted her taekwondo training at an American Taekwondo Association club on campus. In an effort to help future students without the use of arms the instructors created an entire training curriculum by modifying the standard material from the ATA. For example, instead of a punch Cox executes a knee strike. Cox has since gone on to earn her second and third degree black belts in the ATA. Cox has also earned the title of 2014 Arizona State Champion in forms. It should be noted that she did not compete in a special abilities ring.
In 2014 Cox competed in the 40 mile segment of El Tour de Tucson.
Cox is the subject of the documentary Right Footed. The film is directed by Emmy Award winning filmmaker Nick Spark. The documentary chronicles Cox' life, mentorship, humanitarian trips to Ethiopia and the Philippines, as well as her efforts to pass the CRPD in the US Senate.
The patented invention of a "Lower Extremity Vehicle Navigation Control System", which allows people to drive a car without the use of their upper body, by the Emirati engineer Reem Al Marzouqi was inspired by Cox.
- Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist, cosmologist and survivor of ALS.
- Patrick Henry Hughes, musician born blind and unable to fully utilize his limbs.
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- Mile Stojkoski, humanitarian and wheelchair ultramarathon runner.
- Nick Vujicic, motivational speaker and survivor of Tetra-amelia syndrome.
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- Learning to Scuba Dive Regardless of Disability Status | Inclusive Fitness Jessica cox flies the airplane with both feet Coalition. Incfit.org (February 3, 2010). Retrieved on 2011-04-09.
- EAA. (24 July 2015). Ercoupes Celebrate 75th Anniversary at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015. Retrieved from YouTube 21 August 2015.
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- Cox, Jessica (2015), Disarm Your Limits, Tucson, ISBN 978-0-9863627-0-5
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