I am a motivational speaker and author who has overcome the effects of cerebral palsy and a hearing loss. Recognizing that our challenges can be among our greatest gifts, I have worked hard to transform obstacles into opportunities for self-improvement, and host presentations designed to show my audiences, by example, how they can also do the same.
Since I was ten years old, I have hosted presentations to share valuable insights that have allowed me to triumph over these challenges and reach a dream I had many years ago: to learn to walk. The programs help instill in my young audiences the courage, confidence, and optimism to excel in their studies; treat their peers and teammates with respect; and be motivated to realize their own goals and dreams.
This year (2016) marks my 35th year of speaking at schools and colleges on the topics of inclusion, diversity, disability awareness, character education, and anti-bullying long before these words became hallmarks in education. I am so proud of that achievement and helping inspire hundreds of thousands of students and adults in New Jersey and around our country!
When we see others with our hearts rather than with our eyes, we learn to develop respect and admiration for the gifts we share. Thus, I have chosen this web site, JustTheWayYouAre.com. It's also the title of one of my favorite songs in Billy Joel's music catalog.