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Motivator & Singer-Songwriter
We think we fully comprehend that courage, creativity and determination are critical to our success. However, you will quickly see how much we all still have to learn about the innate power of these concepts when you hear the story of Mario Arnauz Bonds. Bonds is a multitalented motivational speaker and singer-songwriter. Made famous by NBC Universal's 2012 run of The Glee Project, season two, in which he showed the world that a person with a disability can rise to meet any challenge, Bonds enjoys entertaining and inspiring millions. Read More >
One of a set of triplets and adopted at age 16, Bonds comes from a large family of nine siblings. Born with Morning Glory Syndrome, a degenerative condition that gradually destroyed the optic nerve in both of his eyes, he was completely blind by the tender age of nine. After losing both his vision, and his parents, Bonds experienced a childhood the likes of which few of us can even imagine—suffering abuse on a number of levels, abandonment and eventually, homelessness. Amazingly, one thing he never suffered from was hopelessness.
Instead of allowing these setbacks to define him, Bonds utilized them to propel himself forward—earning a spot in the prestigious Suitland’s School for the Visual and Performing Arts in his teens, followed by a degree in Journalism from George Mason University. Among his various achievements, he became a gifted technology expert, providing skillful computer guidance to people needing support.
In recognition of his work with students and the performing arts, Bonds was awarded the prestigious Imagination Award for 2012 by the Imagination Stage, a theatre arts organization for young people. He is the author of Without Sight but Full of Vision, a memoir recounting how he overcame a childhood marked by blindness, abuse and abandonment.
Bonds exemplifies the philosophy that triumph and success are still possible, no matter the obstacle, with sufficient courage, creativity and determination to overcome the odds. His experiences and lessons will motivate you, both personally and professionally, to push the envelope, overcome any difficulty and ultimately, make the choices that will set you along the path to achieving your goals. Bonds is a must-see inspirational keynote speaker who will deliver a passionate “special surprise” for the audience, as he demonstrates what it truly means to overcome adversity—you will undoubtedly walk away inspired! Read Less ^
Conqueror of Life's Challenges
Human (Official Video)
Anything Is Possible
BELIEVE: Starr Commonwealth All-Star Choir and Mosaic Youth Theater Kids
The Art of Resilience
Success Despite Setbacks
The Glee Project
This is an in depth lecture based on Bonds’ childhood memoir, which depicts his triumphs over abuse, abandonment and adjusting to, and ultimately accepting going totally blind.
Bonds decided that his tumultuous childhood would not define him. He discusses how he made the choice to persevere and he inspires audiences to do the same.
Bonds motivates audiences with this presentation on independence, hard work and success, despite a visual impairment. People frequently say that although Bonds is totally blind, he can “do everything but drive.” This compelling presentation explains why.
For Corporate audiences, Bonds lectures on the importance of diversity and inclusion for persons with disabilities and from varied backgrounds. He discusses technology, social etiquette, employment and more.
Bonds offers audiences an in depth look into the emotional, physical and sexual abuse he experienced as a child and teenager. With this presentation of survival, he inspires audiences to not let their “yesterday” conquer “today.” He illustrates methods he uses to heal and move forward.
Bonds takes audiences into the world of technology used by the blind. From surfing the web, word processing, reading recipes, to editing his own videos, web developing and more, Bonds has a greater sense of independence, thanks to talking computers and phones.
'He is going to be a tough act to follow for our future conferences, that’s for certain. Thank you to him over and over, and thanks to APB for being organized and on top of things along the way. On behalf of the conference planning committee, we appreciate and thank Mario for his willingness to speak out and help educate people through his personal experiences/message. He is amazing!"
"Yes, everything went perfectly!! We got really good attendance and so many thankful and inspired participants making comments in the chat box.…Thank you for setting this up for us, we are thrilled with how it turned out!"
"Mario was fabulous! He received standing ovations at both performances. He did an exceptional job tying his speech into the theme of the conference. He received great reviews from all of the attendees and we could not be more pleased with his presentation! Great speaker and performer!"
"Of the 250 surveys, every single one of them loved Mario and was amazed by him. What a delightful young man. He sent a clear and precise message that touched everyone in the room. Whatever we can do to help recommend him to others please let me know. He was a fantastic speaker, a warm and inviting individual and it was an honor to meet him. We couldn’t be happier."
"We are forever grateful for Mario and how he inspired our disabled students. His assistance in technology has helped us better shape plans for independence for our students."
"I have never seen someone bring a room full of thousands of people to tears and to their feet the way I saw Mario do it. I was astounded by his infectious smile and his inspiring story. I had to request him for our organization's event after seeing that."
"We knew we had to hire Mario for our own event as soon as he hit the stage. From the technology to the speech and his singing, he is dynamic."
"To hear Mario speak with such eloquence and inspiration was special and moved me."
"Mario is incredible to work with. Being blind never became an issue and he learned everything faster than his sighted peers."
"Mario was FANTASTIC! We’ve had many people comment about how he was such an excellent, engaging speaker. I sat off to the side in the room where Mario was speaking and scanned the crowd. As Mario told his story, people appeared very focused, listening intently. I saw and heard people laughing during the funnier parts of his speech. He got standing ovations. One woman – during our Q&A session – became emotional as she talked to Mario. He took time to answer questions and take pictures with our conference guests (that line was VERY long – which speaks volumes as to how much people were touched by Mario and his story)."
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