Justin Yoder

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Justin Yoder
Born (1986-11-09) November 9, 1986 (age 30)
United States Middlebury, Indiana
Spouse(s) Stephanie Yoder
Parent(s) Myron (father)
Sheila (mother)
Relatives Seth (brother)

Justin Ross Yoder (born November 9, 1986[citation needed]) was the first child with a disability to drive a soapbox in the All American Soapbox Derby. In 1996, he challenged the regulations to allow children with disabilities to use a hand brake instead of the required foot one. Thanks to him, regulations were changed. The hand brake is now called the Justin Brake in his honor.[1]

Yoder has spina bifida. His story is told in the film Miracle in Lane 2 starring Frankie Muniz.[2]

Yoder is a Mennonite and attends the same church as the film's screenwriters Don Yost and Joel Kauffmann.[3]

As of 2006, Yoder is a student at Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana, and is majoring in American Sign Language Interpreting.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Gagnon, Dawn (1998-06-12). "Bucksport boy gears up for Soap Box Derby. Special brake lets 11-year-old compete". Bangor Daily News (Maine). 
  2. ^ "Three Disney Channel Shows Receive Nominations for 2001 Humanitas Prize". Business Wire. 2001-06-15. 
  3. ^ Roll It: GC Alums strike success in soap box racing and celluloid, Goshen College Bulletin, September 2000.

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