I have done public speaking for years. I started out as being an activity director for the Muscular Dystrophy Association summer camps. This involved creating activity programs for the week long camp, and then getting up in front of the entire camp and basically making a fool out of myself. I enjoyed the work immensely.
My speaking is primarily focused on talking about the disabled. I have been disabled my entire life. I have what is called, Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is one of the many diseases which fall under the care of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. My disability requires me to use a wheelchair for getting around as my muscles are too weak to allow me to walk.
I have not let my disability slow me down, however. I have been married to my wife, Donna, for 12 years. She and I have traveled from coast to coast. Until being laid-off I had been working in the computer industry for 14 years.
I have spoken to various groups about working with the disabled.
I was a member of a panel discussing the higher education of the disabled at Moraine Valley Community College.
I have spoken to disabled students to inform them that they have the ability to lead normal productive lives.
I would be available to speak to businesses about how they can better work with the disabled.
I would be available to speak to students of any age, and willing to answer their questions about the disabled.
I have found that once children and adults are exposed to disabled people they lose their curiosity. This leads to less discrimination in the present and in the future.