Chris Ruden, author of The Upper Hand, describes coping with his physical disability as a journey from self-destructive behavior and hiding to a path of passion and purpose. Once he realized he had nothing to prove to others and everything to prove to himself, things got easier. He believes that the story we tell ourselves about what we go through will define our lives.
Sarah Vazquez, speaker, author, and advocate, describes what it was like growing up with Cerebral Palsy. Through her mother’s innovative care, she learned that the label of disability did not define her. It was her dreams and abilities that did.
Scott Chesney, motivational speaker and life coach, tells his story of becoming paralyzed at the age of 15 through a congenital malformation. He believes that disability is an attitude and embraces all that he can still do from his wheelchair.
Sally Alexander, children’s book author, describes losing her sight at 26 and growing through it with the support of her family, friends, and training programs. While being blind is difficult, she says that disability can be life-changing and improving, and says she is a better person because of it.