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Disability SPEAKERS

It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you choose to do about it that makes all the difference.

For our Disability Speakers, this is the underlying mantra.

In fact, “disabled” is a misnomer for these extraordinary keynote speakers; they’ve been able to achieve almost anything their minds conceive.

From paralympians to professional athletes to award-winning actors, we have a team of Disability Speakers that have faced some of the most (seemingly) insurmountable, unimaginable obstacles and odds, and not only survived, but thrived in the arts, sports, business and life.

The power of our Disability Speakers to reframe and adjust perspective won’t just lift your audience up and over, but carry them further, going beyond motivation and inspiration to address topics like overcoming adversity, leadership, change management and even innovation.

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Stephanie Decker

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Indiana, USA

Stephanie Decker became a national hero after she saved her children, shielding them from the falling debris of their collapsing house with her own body while a freak tornado engulfed their small Indiana town. Though she lost both legs, her spirit and determination remained unbroken. The admired mother has continued to inspire the country through her remarkable recovery and her relentless advocacy to create opportunities for children and adults with… Read More


Jessica Cox

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Arizona, USA

Despite being born without arms due to a birth defect, Jessica has lived an otherwise normal life. After overcoming her self-esteem issues, Jessica earned a degree in psychology and got her airline pilot’s certificate. Earning her pilot’s certificate also earned her meetings with heads of state, an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records, and even a meeting with the Pope. Putting an emphasis on the way we think… Read More


Amy Van Dyken

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
Arizona, USA

After an ATV accident left her paralyzed from the waist down, six-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken became more than a sports champion. She became a champion for thousands of people with spinal injuries who didn’t have access to the same resources as she did. Today her non-profit organization, The Amy Van Dyken Foundation helps provide medical supplies to individuals who cannot afford them. Amy has always pushed… Read More


Marlon Shirley

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Olympic Gold Medalist, Amputee Over the last 28 years, Marlon Shirley has endured many challenging situations, including many which would have caused an average person to break down. But Marlon Shirley is no average person. In 2000, Marlon became the 100 meter Gold Medalist at the Sydney Paralympic Games. This kicked off an incredible journey that would result in Marlon not only being the fastest amputee in the world but… Read More


Marlee Matlin

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
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TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Critically acclaimed performer Marlee Matlin became the first and only deaf performer to ever win an Academy Award for acting. The Hollywood newcomer took the “Best Actress” Oscar for her role in the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God. While most people recognize her for the numerous film and television roles she has gone on to portray, Marlee has also become one of the most prominent advocates for the… Read More


Todd Huston

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Oklahoma, USA

For 20 years Todd Huston has turned a personal tragedy into an opportunity to help others overcome their challenges and become their best in every situation. After losing his leg in a boating accident, Todd went on to become an inventor, acclaimed speaker, psychotherapist, and world record holder. Todd showed the world that his disability would not hold him back when he accomplished a world record-setting mountain climbing expedition, Summit… Read More


Mallory Weggemann

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Minnesota, USA

Mallory Weggemann is an American Paralympic swimmer who became a paraplegic following a routine epidural to treat her back pain in 2008. Less than four months later, she started training in the pool with the goal of winning the gold medal at the 2012 Paralympic Games. After winning the gold for the 50 m freestyle S8, she turned her focus to her ultimate dream of walking again. To realize this… Read More


Ross Watson

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$2,500 to $5,000
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Alberta, Canada

Ross Watson holds a degree in community and outdoor recreation, which combine his passion for the outdoors with his strong social conscience. Ross learned from an early age to not only face down adversity, but to also use it to his advantage. When he was 10 years old he lost sight in his right eye in a pellet gun accident. Two years later, complications from the accident took the sight… Read More


Warren Macdonald

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$15,000 to $20,000
TRAVELS FROM
Alberta, Canada

A catastrophic moment redefined Warren Macdonald’s life in April 1997 when a one-ton boulder fell on him during an excursion on a remote Australian island. For two days the avid environmentalist lay trapped and alone. Warren survived the ordeal losing both legs at mid thigh, but he didn’t lose his ability to pursue his passion and live life to the fullest. Though doctors told him he’d never walk again, Warren… Read More


Nick Vujicic

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$50,000 to $75,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Few speakers have a better claim to be regarded as inspirational than Nicholas Vujicic. Born without arms or legs, he has overcome his disability in the most astonishing ways, setting a true example of inspiring success to any who have ever doubted their ability to achieve their goals. During his childhood in Melbourne, Australia, Nick had to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression as he questioned just what purpose… Read More


Stephen Frost

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
Massachusetts, USA

Stephen Frost is a global authority on making inclusion and diversity happen in the workplace. After an intense five years designing and implementing the social inclusion program for the 2012 London Summer Olympics – which has been hailed as the most diverse Olympics to date - Stephen shows organizations the key strategic benefits of supplier diversity and makes them re-evaluate how they are addressing diversity in their procurement strategies. Having… Read More


John Foppe

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Missouri, USA

John Foppe has shown millions of people that the only handicaps we have are the mental and emotional ones that prevent us from participating fully in life. With three decades of speaking experience that have seen him present to sports teams, corporate executives, and the Pentagon, John not only inspires people to dream, but shows them how to execute plans to turn visions into outcomes. Born without arms, John made… Read More


Roger Crawford

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
California, USA

Former athlete, Roger Crawford has been teaching audiences all around the world how to achieve the impossible and redefine what’s possible through his personal success story as an NCAA Division 1 tennis player with four impaired limbs. Hailed by Sports Illustrated as “one of the most accomplished physically challenged athletes in the world” Roger embodies an “I can” attitude. Born with a rare birth defect, Roger’s doctor told his parents… Read More


Danny Crates

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$10,000 to $15,000
TRAVELS FROM
United Kingdom

After losing his right arm in a horrific car accident at age 21, Danny Crates became a world record setting Paralympic gold medalist. His impressive sprinting career spanned more than a decade, resulting in multiple honors and titles. As a speaker, he shares his story of creating opportunity out of tragedy, drawing principles that any individual or organization can apply to their own goals and journeys. Prior to his accident,… Read More


Scott Burrows

FEE CATEGORY ** Please note that while this speaker’s specific speaking fee falls within the range posted above (for Continental U.S. based events), fees are subject to change. For current fee information or international event fees (which are generally 50-75% more than U.S based event fees), please contact us.
$5,000 to $10,000
TRAVELS FROM
Florida, USA

Scott Burrows is a motivational speaker with an extraordinary story of persevering through tremendous adversity and beating the odds to achieve great success. As a young man, Burrows was actively involved in sports, playing a wide receiver at Florida State University and being a top-ranked kickboxing champion. Then one day his life dramatically changed when he was in a car accident that caused him to become a quadriplegic. Burrows was… Read More


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