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In the face of adversity, one can either shrink away and ignore the added burden, or embrace it and grow stronger as a result. APB is proud to present a phenomenal list of disabilities speakers, whose inspirational and motivational keynotes inspire audiences to overcome any challenge. Having overcome physical and mental setbacks and gone on to model, compete in championships, and star in television shows, these speakers on disabilities are inspirational.

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Olympic/Paralympic Games Medalist

Ever since Patrick "Blake" Leeper was a child, he has been determined to be a star athlete. Although Leeper was born a bilateral below-the-knee amputee, he was raised to believe the only disability in life is a bad attitude. Using prosthetics...

Boston Marathon Bombing Hero & Best-Selling Author

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and National Hero, Jeff shares his story in a presentation that will uplift and inspire.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor & Amputee

On April 15, 2013, what is referred to as Marathon Monday in Boston, Heather Abbott of Newport, RI set out on an annual tradition with six friends. They would attend the Red Sox game, followed by a walk over to the Boston Marathon finish line to...

Engineer & Founder, Limbitless Solutions

Albert Manero is the founder of Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit devoted to bringing 3-D printed bionic arms and hands to children at no cost to their families. Today, he’s focused on making a positive impact on the grandest and smallest scales...

Star of Little People, Big World

The star of TLC's Little People, Big World, Matt Roloff inspires audiences around the country through his determination to succeed in life despite being born with a rare form of physically debilitating dwarfism.

Actress on Hit TV Show Empire

Grace (Gealey) Byers can currently be seen as Anika Calhoun on the hit FOX series Empire, which returns for season three in the fall of 2016. From having near-death experiences to growing up in a unique family setting, Byers shares her...

Author & CBS Contributor

After ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff was wounded in Iraq, he and his wife, speaker Lee Woodruff, penned the best-selling In an Instant to help others cope with crisis.

World's Best Wheelchair Athlete

Arguably the best wheelchair athlete in the world, Josh George is a remarkable paralympian, ESPYs finalist and world record holder. Considered by many to be unstoppable on his path to greatness, he has been recognized worldwide in the sports of...

World-Famous Animal Scientist & Autism Self-Advocate

Temple Grandin, Ph.D., is the most accomplished and well-known adult with autism in the world. Now her fascinating life, with all its challenges and successes, has been brought to the screen with the HBO full-length film Temple Grandin,...

Musician & Reality TV Star

Born blind in his left eye due to congenital glaucoma, standout musician Blessing Offor of The Voice emigrated to the U.S. from Nigeria at the age of six. With a genuine love of people, a zeal for networking and inexhaustible energy, Offor...

Journalist & Social Activist

Doctors, therapists, politicians and educators talk about meeting the needs of those with Down syndrome. Paul Daugherty lives it. He and his wife Kerry have blazed a trail for other parents whose children were born with intellectual disabilities...

Award-Winning Actor & Parkinson's Disease Advocate

Michael J. Fox is an award-winning actor, best known for his roles in Family Ties, the Back to the Future trilogy, and Spin City. Today, he dedicates his energy toward The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research,...

Talk Show Host & MS Activist

An Emmy-winning executive producer and talk show host, speaker Montel Williams founded the Montel Williams MS Foundation after being diagnosed with it in 1999.

Biomechanics Pioneer

Hugh Herr directs the Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab. His research program seeks to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine. Herr was inspired to help people overcome debilitating hardships...

Decorated Army Commander, Star of the Film Battleship

Colonel (Retired) Gregory D. Gadson, a Chesapeake, Va., native, served our nation in the United States Army for more than 26 years. Col. Gadson’s greatest challenge came in Iraq, where an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) attack cost him both...

Self-Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, Featured TEDMED Speaker

Sixteen year old Rosie King first hit the headlines in the UK when she accurately diagnosed her own Asperger's Syndrome at age nine. After her popular TEDMED talk, King continues to raise awareness about autism, and is working towards her goal of...

Spinal Cord Injury-Recovering Athlete & Wellness Expert

World-record holding Antarctic Explorer, renowned adventure athlete, author and motivational speaker Grant Korgan takes the stage with his wife Shawna — wellness expert, life coach and budding author — for a dynamic and life-impacting keynote...

Co-Star of TLC’s Little Couple, Neonatologist & Cancer Survivor

Featured with her husband Bill Klein and family on TLC’s hit docu-drama, The Little Couple, which follows her personal and professional life, Dr. Jennifer Arnold has spoken both nationally and internationally on healthcare simulation...

Motivator & Singer/Songwriter

Made famous by The Glee Project, Mario Arnauz Bonds overcame a childhood marked by blindness, abuse, and abandonment to become a sought-after motivational speaker and singer/songwriter.

Founder & CEO, Life Without Limbs

Without any medical explanation or warning, Nick Vujicic was born with neither arms nor legs. He is the founder & CEO of the nonprofit organization Life Without Limbs.

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