Disability is a generic term. It has developed negative connotations that damage and disrupt the integrity of people that are considered as such. It cuts through race, gender, and class. To most, being considered disabled is often the lowest form of insult in comparison to any other factors. The language that is used to qualify them is often complacent. This prevents the admittance to being openly apart of society primarily in the workforce, and therefore causes society to lose a significant wealth of knowledge and experience by disregarding them. Despite having these limitations, people with disabilities are not only earning higher degrees, but are often earning an array of them, notably in the hard sciences. This natural propensity and ingenuity to do things different, is what makes them valuable to any workforce. What is seemingly lacking in the eyes of most, is greatly compensated by the resourcefulness they bring to all aspects of their life and the lives of people around them.
Natalia Amos De Huerta is a biochemistry graduate of Roosevelt University now living in Brooklyn, NY. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Molecular Biology. Amos was born with an extreme congenital disorder that left her with 1/3 of a face and disfigured hands. She has been in various medical publications and given lectures to physicians regarding bedside manner over two decades of surgeries. She seeks to be a bridge between the medical community and people with non-science backgrounds. In her off time she tutors science education. Outside of the science realm, she is an accomplished dancer and sideshow starlet who has performed internationally, but is most well recognized for her appearances with Coney Island’s “Sideshows By The Seashore”, through laughter, education and charm Nati hopes to show through her talk that someone’s appearance or physical traits should never override their intelligence and qualification for a paying job.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx