Believe in yourself and achieve your goals!
Following is a list of experienced motivational speakers with disabilities: adventurers, elite athletes, successful business people and individuals whose positive attitude, personal stories and energy for life inspires others to strive for their own goals, while at the same time raising awareness about disABILITY.
Michael McGrath has Muscular Dystrophy. Despite having lost 65% of his muscle bulk, on 13th January 2004, Michael became the first disabled person in the world to have conquered both the North and South Poles.
Undaunted by his condition, this truly inspirational achiever has firmly grasped life head on, and continues to make things happen his way. Inspirational business speaker and Hilton UK & Ireland’s DisABILITY Champion, Michael is truly the living embodiment of the spirit of how to ‘Reach Beyond’.
A dynamic professional motivational speaker, humorist and magician, Tim Piccirillo has worked with businesses, schools, associations and organisations, proving that EVERYONE is capable of being more, doing more, and having more. Having learned to live with Tourettes Syndrome “one day at a time”, Tim shows audiences that it’s not what happens to you that matters, it’s what you do about what happens to you. Learn more about the magic or your potential!
Patricia (Trix) Bruce, from Seattle, Washington, is known nationwide as both a workshop presenter and an American Sign Language (ASL) performer. Wildly popular as a teacher of ASL storytelling and ASL interpretation, Trix impresses audiences at all levels of ASL skill. Whether writing, creating, teaching, improvising or starring in her many productions, Trix’s delight in being a Deaf performing artist shines through.
An accomplished wheelchair athlete and paralympian, Mark Eccleston is also an articulate and passionate motivational speaker. His story is moving, inspiring and humorous, as he talks about his determination to deal with trauma at such a young age and what it took to be the best in the world.
In 1986 Jason Watson had a brain tumor removed. His motto “seize the day” is now the focus of his motivational speeches, where he inspires others not to dwell in the past but appreciate the present. Jason has a view on life which has been honed to a razor-edge on the mean streets of reality and then dipped in a vat of concentrated humor. He strongly believes that life is a gift and he wants to bring that message to you.
Al is both a person with a disability and a person with excellent speaking skills. Because of his disability, his message has influence when shared with others. Al’s insights and practical, down-to-earth suggestions, with just the right amount of humor helps his audiences to understand and appreciate the skills, talents, and abilities of those with disabilities.
A motivational christian speaker, Robert is an advanced Toastmaster and trainined presenter. As a person with disabilities, born with a speech impairment and learning difficulties, he shares his experiences, achievements and positive approach to life.
On July 1, 1998, Kimberly Carnevale was a professional athlete vying for a spot on the United States Equestrian Team. On July 2, 1998, a horrible car accident ended her career; and life as she’d known it. In her motivational program, she shares with audiences the tools she once used as a professional athlete, then as a recovering accident survivor; and how we can all use those same tools to become champions in our own lives.
Founder of Together We Rock!, John Draper is recognized as a presenter who inspires social change. His Together We Rock! presentations and School Leadership Program provide a unique experience for educators, professionals, employers, students, organizations and media representatives to create communities that are accessible to and inclusive of people who have a disability. John draws on his experiences as an individual with a physical disability and as an augmentative communication user to convey – with insight and humour – a message that promotes inclusion, equality and full citizenship for all.
Simon has been a Partner and Director of Minty & Friend since 2001. He has experience working in the media and commercial sector, presenting on the ‘hot topics’ of the day concerning disability and diversity. He also co-produced and performed in the sell out Edinburgh Fringe show “Abnormally Funny People”.
Judith Geppert has cerebral palsy. She does not allow these two words, or indeed the condition itself, to prevent her from enjoying life to the fullest.
Her adventurous spirit and “anything is possible” philosophy, have led her to achieve many ambitions, where others have told her “you can’t do that”.
A three time Paralympian, Louise has dominated wheelchair racing over the past decade, claiming titles in everything from the marathon to short sprints.
These days, while still training and competing, Louise is finding time for activities away from sport, such as public speaking – translating the messages of her life as a professional athlete to the business arena.
MS Ambassador Peter Anderson is an articulate and motivational speaker who will share with you why it’s OK if you don’t have all the answers – you just need to know where to get them.
Peter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis during a chance visit to a medical clinic for a minor unrelated health issue. Today his attitude is: I have MS, but it doesn’t have me! Patience, tolerance, empathy and a longer fuse are just some of the positive attributes Peter can share with you.
Anthony was blinded instantly after a car accident in 1978 at the age of 17 years. With very little education, no money and a bleak future he re-educated himself and currently works part time at the Passenger Transport Board as a Project Officer.
A judo Gold Medallist at Atlanta Paralympics 1996, Anthony has published his autobiography and motivational book “Achieving the Impossible” and as a public speaker inspires audiences to deal with their own challenges.
Ben Horgan was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in 1973 at the age of 2. The arthritis quickly consumed every joint in his body changing his and his families’ lives forever. Following a successful career in radio, Ben is now working with the Arthritis Foundation of Western Australia and as an Ambassador to the International Bone and Joint Decade 2000 – 2010.
Ben’s story is one of determination and courage. He has not only enabled himself to survive but has also helped hundreds of families to live with Juvenile Arthritis, motivating and empowering them to help themselves.
Judith stands up against the odds, from surviving cancer first when born with malignant eye tumours and again beating breast cancer later in life. Her solo international travels, going to West Africa and Jamaica where many fear to tread, inspires others to face fears, to overcome obstacles and reach their dreams.
Judith has been on stage since childhood, and has a wide variety of speaking experience. Her confidence and ability shines forth to lead the way for others.