The Differently Abled Community: Powerful Voices for Change
"We know that equality of individual ability has never existed and never will, but we do insist that equality of opportunity still must be sought." - Franklin D. Roosevelt
According to the United States Census Bureau, nearly 50 million Americans are currently living with a physical or mental condition that affects their ability to perform everyday life activities. This highly influential demographic is fighting to improve their access to critical medical care, as well as equal opportunities for education and employment. Through impassioned advocacy, the differently abled are realizing their goal of full inclusion in the American Dream.
Who Are APB’s Speakers Advocating for the Differently Abled?
APB speakers are proving every day that anyone can achieve a bright and prosperous future no matter what circumstances they face. Our speakers within the differently abled community have inspired millions by achieving remarkable success and worldwide renown within athletics, the arts and politics. APB is also proud to offer internationally respected scientists who are developing cutting-edge technologies designed to improve quality of life and help make the world "disabled" obsolete.
Featured Speakers: Overcoming Obstacles
World's Best Wheelchair Athlete
Arguably the best wheelchair athlete in the world, George is a remarkable paralympian, ESPYs finalist and world record holder. Proclaimed a “living miracle” after having survived a 12-story fall from his family’s apartment at the age of four, he became an emotional inspiration and a world class athlete. His incredible story of survival, dedication, and competitive instinct captures the attention of audiences, as he continues to be unstoppable on his path to greatness.Request Speaker's Availability & Fee
Athlete, Runway Model, Actress & Double Amputee
Mullins is a bilateral below-the-knee amputee who, as a track star, actress, and model, consistently challenges society’s preconceived notions of what it means to be “disabled.” She is co-founder of H.O.P.E (Helping Others Perform with Excellence), a nonprofit that sponsors applicants from all disability backgrounds. A pillar of strength and accomplishment, Mullins addresses the presumed pitfalls of what people perceive as a disabillty, urging that adversity isn’t an obtacle that must be overcome, but rather a part of life that must be embraced.Request Speaker's Availability & Fee
Grammy-Winning Country Legend
One of music’s most loved artists, Milsap is known for his seamless blending of country blues and pop in an amazing career that has seen 40 #1 hits and multiple Grammys. What makes his story even more incredible is the fact that he was born without sight. In his popular program, I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World, Milsap shares his remarkable journey by interspersing songs with the defining moments of his life. Truly inspirational, he urges us to follow our heart – no matter what our abilities may be – to find our place in the world.Request Speaker's Availability & Fee
Leading Expert on Human/Machine Integration
Born with severe hearing loss, Dr. Chorost went from completely deaf to getting his hearing back after undergoing surgery for cochlear implants. A nationally known authority on bionic bodies, transhumanism, and cybertheory, his expertise spans both the technological and the philosophical. His amazing story is told in the award-winning memoir, Rebuilt: How Becoming Part Computer Made Me More Human, and has been featured in such media as The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Times of London, and on NPR.Request Speaker's Availability & Fee