Dr. Paul Stuart Wichansky

   Sharing the voice and vision of courage and optimism.
Motivational and Keynote Speaker for Schools, Colleges, Companies, and Organizations.

Making Waves with Dr. Paul


Youth from cohort parishes come together to hear speaker's journey
by Rose O'Connor, 2 May 2018
Published in the Trenton Monitor
"From walking and forecasting the weather on television, to driving a car and jumping out of an airplane - and even meeting Billy Joel, whose song, Just the Way You Are has become the domain name of his website - Wichansky captivated the audience with his can-do attitude."  [read more]

Novartis Hosts 10th Annual Disability Mentoring Day
by TapInto Madison Staff, 26 November 2017
Headquarters of Novartis Pharmaceuticals

"You'll hit obstacles and need to go around or over to achieve your goals," said Novartis Pharmaceuticals keynote speaker Dr. Paul Wichansky, a motivational speaker and author who was born with cerebral palsy and hearing loss. "Stay focused on positivity and hope. Do not give up; find another way to reach your goal."  [read more]

New Jersey Students Get Life Lessons 
by CBS News reporter Lisa Rozner, 23 October 2017
3 R's Day (Respect, Reflect, & Resiliency)

"Dr. Paul Wichansky talked about how he learned to walk, despite being born with cerebral palsy. 'The hardest part of learning how to walk is learning how to fall down,' Wichansky said.  [watch tv interview]

Trooper Youth Week
New Jersey State Police Academy. Sea Girt NJ.
About 250 New Jersey high-school seniors attend a week of structured boot camp each summer featuring simulated State Police training and tactics. For the past 10 years, Trooper Youth Week has featured Dr. Paul's presentation on resiliency, perseverance, leadership, and overcoming adversity. This year, in their Facebook post dated 27 July 2018, our State Police describe his contributions over the past decade.

Growing Through Cerebral Palsy
a video interview, 20 June 2017
Paul Stuart Wichansky, author and motivational speaker, on transforming a disability into special abilities through independence and with the help of friends and family. [watch online interview]

10th Annual central Nebraska Youth Conference
Special Education, 23 April 2015
"Dr. Paul Wichansky shared his inspirational message with everyone during the morning keynote and then continued his discussion with teachers. Students and teachers enjoyed opportunities to interact with Dr. Paul after his keynote message.  [see photos]

Freehold Township man earns doctorate
by Kimberly Predham, Asbury Park Press, 29 May 2008
"The students are the ones Wichansky talks about the most -- the ones who reach out to him days, weeks, even years later to let him know how much his speeches meant to them."  [read more]

Awarding Degrees of Success:
Rutgers grads mark milestone with pride

by Sharon Adarlo, The Star Ledger, 21 May 2008, page 31.
"For Paul Stuart Wichansky, walking has always been a struggle. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a toddler and didn't learn to walk until he was 7 years old. At times, the neurological disorder limited his mobility as a student at Rutgers' sprawling New Brunswick campus."  [view online]

A thank-you note to David Hasselhoff  
Published in the official autobiography of David Hasselhoff
"Each of us can be heroes -- ordinary people who triumph over extraordinary circumstances -- like our favorite television characters do each week."  [read Dr. Paul's letter]

Man uses humor to talk to students about cerebral palsy
by Mark Marotta, The Philadelphia Reporter, Page A3
"Several doctors told Wichansky's mother that her son would never be able to walk. One physician with a more positive attitude said it might be possible, although it would take years. The 36-year-old said the fact that he was standing in front of the students was a dream come true."  [read more]

Guest Column, Cover of Winter 2007 Newsletter
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring
"For that hour, the hotel ballroom was filled with genuine laughter, good tears, and pertinent questions, as the audience responded positively to a keynote that was sincere, uplifting, and insightful."  [read more]

New York TimesMostly Sprawling and Warmer
by Kirk Johnson, New York Times cover story.
"Mr. Wichansky said that part of what he was looking for in his results were clues about how much of that warming effect was a result of atmospheric changes, and how much came from the ground. "The land cover change project may enable us to quantify how much of this warming may actually be due to changes in the land surface itself as a result of human modifications," he said."  [read more]

Taking the "Dis" out of "Disability"  
by Paul Stuart Wichansky, Cerebral Palsy Magazine
Second debut issue, September 2003, pages 5-7.

"Our challenges are among the best gifts that we have. With this attitude, it's our perseverance that will faithfully guide us through the fiercest storms to the brightest sunshine of life."  [read more]

Township man's life story serves as an example to pupils
by Jonathan Rifkin, Asbury Park Press, 20 June 2002
"His varied stories of learning how to walk, relating to peers while growing up, and tirelessly pushing himself to follow his dreams and goals is presented with endless enthusiasm and energy. Stories about his childhood gave students insight into Wichansky's 'can do' attitude."   [read more]

Taking the "Dis" out of "Disability":
A Unique Speakers Bureau Specializes in Disability Awareness

by Dina Stein, ArcLight Magazine. Autumn 2002 issue.

"During the next hour, he had the audience enthralled as he told stories of his childhood in a wheelchair, of learning to walk, of falling over and over and pulling himself up to try again. Then he showed videos of himself as he is today, doing everything from skydiving to artistic painting. By the end of the presentation, the children were eager to share their personal dreams and wishes with him, eager to explore their own strengths and abilities."   [read more]

The Moment of a Lifetime

"I left that room with tears in my eyes and determination in my mind. After that day, whenever I doubt myself, I think of Paul. He overcame so many obstacles set before him, and yet he turned out to be a knowledgeable and inspirational person. I now tell myself: if Paul can do it, I can too."  [read more]

Home News TribuneForecast: Sunshine
by Paul Franklin, Home News Tribune.

"His doctoral research evaluates the effects of historical land cover changes upon New Jersey's weather and climate. Paul has digitized maps of the land cover from the 1880s era and also of present-day land cover from satellites, and plans to feed each of these datasets into a computer model that simulates the atmosphere. He wants to see what changes in weather have occurred when the land cover has been changed through urbanization and agricultural practices."   [read more]

Access to Success:
A Dream, Motivation, and a Winning Attitude

by Paul Stuart Wichansky.

"Many physically-challenged people I have encountered have bright, bubbly personalities because they want others to recognize them for who they are. Many of their personalities are very much stronger, their voices all the more commanding, and their enthusiasm for life all the more contagious."   [read more]

United NationsSpeakers Bureau Invited to the United Nations
by Monica Willard, United Nations representative.
"A Vision in Motion, a unique motivational speakers bureau, provided three inspirational people to share their stories. By dealing with the problems these speakers face in their daily lives, they shared how they work to create personal and world peace." [NOTE: Paul Wichansky was the only speaker from A Vision in Motion that morning to earn a standing ovation from UN government representatives following his keynote.]  [read more]

Asbury Park PressPerseverance and the Power of a Positive Attitude Personified
by Shannon Mullen, Asbury Park Press cover story.

"Wichansky, who has a Masters degree in meteorology, reads audiences as well as he does weather maps. He's not preachy or morose. Mostly, he tells funny stories."   [read more]

Home News TribuneHe doesn't know the meaning of 'No'
by Tia Swanson, Home News Tribune, 25 June 1995"Student's indomitable spirit rises above physical limits, prejudice. For his spirit, and his accomplishments, Wichansky was named this year as the cooperative education program's "Student of the Year."   [read more]

Mr. PMA, All The Way! (Positive Mental Attitude)
"Your friendly and open nature is simply magnetic, and it's easy to see how students, and people in general, are drawn to you. There are few people in this world who possess the God-given talent to single-handedly transform others' attitudes and perspectives in a positive way, and you, dear Paul, have undoubtedly been chosen to be one of them."  [read more]