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Alvin Law

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The life of Alvin Law could easily have become a tragic story but it didn't turn out that way. Born without arms, and given up by his birth family, Alvin, today, is a successful professional speaker, living proof that out of nothing, and with the right combination of Attitude, Learning, Value of self, Imagination and Never giving up, the impossible... read full bio

Andrew Solomon

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Andrew Solomon studied at Yale University and then at Jesus College Cambridge, where he was graduated first in the university, becoming the only foreigner ever to be so-honored. Solomon's most recent book, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression, has so far won him eleven national awards, including the 2001 National Book Award, and is being published in 21 languages.... read full bio

Art Metrano

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Art Metrano is an American actor and comedian of Greek-Turkish-Jewish-Sephardic ancestry. He was Metrano may be best known for his role as Capt. Mauser in Police Academy 2 and Police Academy 3. He left the series due to a serious fall at home that seriously injured his spinal cord and left him disabled. Other screen credits include Mel Brooks' History... read full bio

Bill Demby

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Bill Demby serves as proof that a major disability doesn't mean the end of the line in athletics. Demby lost both his legs from the knee down when the truck he was driving in Vietnam was hit by a rocket. An avid competitor before his injury, he found that participation in sports gave him the self confidence he needed to... read full bio

Blake Leeper

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Blake Leepet is a paralymphic athlete for the United States. He was born without legs below the knee and has worn prosthetics his whole life. That didn't keep him from playing all types of sports growing up such as baseball and basketball. He is known for his outstanding positive attitude and also for his skills in the paralympics. He won... read full bio

Brett Leake

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Brett Leake is a dynamic performer of observational material. His lively desire to learn and to know lead him from the kitchen to the car to the classroom to the stage. Behind a persona that is appears sometimes confused, sometimes frustrated, Brett wonders about the little things - the automobile battery light, people who draw a line through the number... read full bio

Chris Burke

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Chris Burke has become best known for his character Charles Corky" Thatcher on the television series Life Goes On. Burke has Down Syndrome, and his parents were told to institutionalize him when he was born, but they decided to raise him at home and nurture his talents. He was encouraged to follow his career objectives no matter how untraditional they... read full bio

Chris Fonseca

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Chris Fonseca has done stand-up on the tube, The Late Show with David Letterman, Arsenio, SHOWTIMEs Latino Laugh Festival, among other shows. Despite being born with Cerebral Palsy, Fonseca has no chip on his shoulder. He sees himself as did the Montreal Gazzette, as a comedian who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. Among various charitable efforts, in 1998 Chris established... read full bio

Clay Aiken

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Since coming to national attention on the second season of American Idol in 2003 - where he was the unexpected runner up, only to become the biggest selling male artist the show has ever featured, Clay Aiken has evolved into a versatile and beloved popular entertainer. He has toured nine times, written a New York Times bestselling memoir, sold more... read full bio

Denzel & Pauletta Washington

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Denzel Washington has earned fame and fortune, not to mention two Oscars. But Washington and his wife Pauletta are more proud of helping people make a difference. To that end the Washington's are long-time members of The Brain Trust, which supports the research of the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. For over five years... read full bio

Elizabeth Wurtzel

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A precocious literary light and popular female speaker, Elizabeth Wurtzel published her groundbreaking memoir of depression, the cultural phenomenon Prozac Nation, at the tender age of 26. Already a cultural critic and literary diva for The New Yorker and New York magazines, Wurtzel had only dared to dream growing up of the rarefied world and success Prozac Nation opened to... read full bio

Frank Miles

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Comedian Frank Miles, has thrilled Las Vegas audiences for over a decade with his feats as a juggler and magician, found himself with some unique new material, after being pronounced dead following a hang gliding accident. Most recently Frank brought attitude to an audition for America's Got Talent. When emergency room doctors gave him a second chance at life, he... read full bio

Gene Stallings

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A successful NFL coach and accomplished college football athlete, Gene Stallings is also a distinguished author and well-known advocator for the developmentally disabled. His diverse background in professional football certifies him to be one of the most informed and educated coaches of his time. Stallings' success has earned him numerous awards and has been inducted into the College Football Hall... read full bio

Glenn Mcintyre

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Glenn McIntyre is a nationally renowned keynote speaker, trainer and consultant. McIntyre's trademark style of inspiring through problem solving is directly derived from his extensive knowledge of 504, ADA and Diversity issues. McIntyre's life changed at an instant after he was hit by an impaired driver consequently leaving him a paraplegic. Nonetheless this passionate police officer continued his law enforcement... read full bio

Henry Butler

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Born in New Orleans, pianist/composer Henry Butler started singing at age seven in the boys' glee club at Louisiana School for the Blind. Continuing his studies in classical piano and voice, Butler attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and completed his master's degree at Michigan State University. From 1980 to 1987 he lived and performed in Los Angeles, where... read full bio

Howie Seago

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Howie Seago manages the Shared Reading Video Outreach Project (SRVOP) which uses videoconferencing technology to encourage deaf and hard of hearing children to become interested in reading and to train their parents and teachers in how to read storybooks in sign language. Howie has a B.A. in Psychology and has acted/taught/directed in the performing arts for over 24 years. He... read full bio

Jesse Billauer

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Jesse Billauer is a well-known surfer from Pacific Palisades, California. Billauer suffered an accident at the age of 17 on March 25, 1996, hitting his head on a shallow sandbar after being knocked off his surfboard by a wave. The force broke his neck, severing his spinal cord at the C6 level and instantly rendered him a quadriplegic. Doctors told... read full bio

Jessica Cox

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The stories and experience of meeting Jessica in person will touch every listener, every time. As a person who has never viewed herself as a victim of her condition, Jessica shares in her speeches humorous stories of struggles and success living in a "two-handed" world. She provides critical insight on how best to approach a challenge, redefining the... read full bio

Jim Maclaren

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James E. MacLaren has survived two would-be fatal accidents. The first, at age 22, resulted in the loss of his left leg. The second, 10 years later, left Jim an incomplete quadriplegic. Each time Jim has used sheer force of will and awe-inspiring courage to come back, the first time to become the fastest amputee athlete in the world. Now,... read full bio

John McGinley

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John McGinley is most notable for his roles as Perry Cox in Scrubs, Bob Slydell in Office Space, and Sergeant Red O'Neill in Oliver Stone's Platoon. He has also written and produced for television and film. Apart from acting, McGinley is also an author and a spokesperson for the National Down Syndrome Society.... read full bio

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