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Published on Dec 12, 2016
Blind athlete Kevin Brousard addresses the social stigma surrounding disability, and the part that we all play in providing acceptance for every person. Kevin’s story of overcoming adversity shows that we can all have a positive impact on the lives of people with disabilities.
Born with StarGardt’s Disease, a rare retinal disorder, Kevin Brousard has been blind since birth. The target of bullying and ridicule as a child, he found an outlet through the world of adaptive sports. In track and field, Brousard has amassed 3 world titles, 3 Pan American titles and the US Paralympic record in the discus. He currently trains in the sport of judo at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, with hopes of representing Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sports, Brousard works as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator for the United States Association of Blind Athletes, a member organization of the US Olympic Committee. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from the University of La Verne, Brousard speaks to audiences on a wide range of topics, including anti-bullying tactics, suicide prevention, overcoming adversity and goal-setting.
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