This talk focuses on shifting perceptions of what is perceived possible by disabling ableism, a social prejudice against people with disabilities based on the belief that typical abilities are superior (Wikipedia). Ableism is ingrained in our culture history though a new term that we recognize. Ableism is oftentimes used without us even knowing it’s there. I will define and explore the topic through my own personal journey over my lifetime with it, its cause and effect, and what the benefits are moving into the future as I shed some light on what it means. This talk can literally change the world’s perceptions and habits together for a better tomorrow. Alycia Anderson is on a mission to motivate and invoke change through the power of diversity and inclusion. She is an accomplished motivational speaker, writer, inclusion coach and the Vice President of Sales for an award-winning technology company, Knock CRM. Anderson received her Bachelor’s Degree from California State University Chico in Kinesiology and Exercise Science focusing on Adapted Education. She holds a European Masters Degree from KU Leuven, Belgium in Adapted Physical Activity emphasizing the benefits, practices and principles of inclusion.
Anderson is a tennis player, cyclist, identical twin and has been wheelchair-bound since birth. Born with sacral agenesis, her mission is to spread the power of diversity and inclusion to inspire all people in feeling limitless in living up to their fullest personal and professional potential. Using her voice to share her journey, Anderson aims to help communities and companies understand the true benefits inherent to building a diverse and inclusive society. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx