“Jenny is one of the most powerful, inspiring, and gifted speakers I have ever heard. Her message is compelling and sincere – because it comes from her heart and from her life experiences. Jenny has the gift of motivating her audience to be the agents to create an accepting and inclusive environment. We are honored to have had the pleasure of hearing her inspiring message.”
--Danielle Liebl, President of SAPD

Speaking to College Students

Much of my personal story reached its climax during my college and early working years.  I recently crafted a talk around my experiences to deliver a keynote address to the Students for the Advancement of People with DIFFERbilities (SAPD) at the College of St. Bens/St. Johns University.  This hour long presentation engaged the audience in rich and meaningful ways.  Here’s what one of the organizers had to say about the event:

"I am very happy that we selected Jenny Hill as our on-campus speaker. Her message applied very well to college aged students with or without disabilities. She threaded her experiences as a student with C.P. throughout the speech to drive home effective points. She taught us valuable ways to give greater respect to people with disabilities, gave a message of hope to students coping with disabilities, and delivered an inspiring all-encompassing appeal to students to struggle through adversity in order to find success. She was funny, charming, and interesting to listen to. I would recommend her for a variety of different speaking engagements with students aged college to post-graduate."
                            --Adam Kunkel, Vice President of SAPD

I’d love to come to your college campus and share my story…and a few pictures!

Here is a recent talk I gave to the University of Northwestern, St. Paul:

Speaking to Christian Groups

I've spoken in front of large audiences, small groups, and individuals.  I would love to speak to your Christian group on a variety of topics:
  • My personal walk with the Lord and with cerebral palsy
  • Finding beauty within yourself and within the heart of others who are disabled
  • Lessons I've learned about disability ministry

Speaking to Schools

As an elementary school library media specialist, school is my second home!  I would love to visit your school either in person or via Skype to candidly discuss what it is like to live with a disability.  I could compliment your curriculum in a variety of ways:
  • Disability Awareness Month in October
  • Acceptance Week in April
  • Book discussions featuring characters with disabilities  (see list below)

Book Discussions

There are several great books for students that feature characters who have cerebral palsy.  I would love to Skype with your class after they have read one of the books below so they can meet are real person with this disability.

Rules by Cynthia Lord
Petey by Ben Mikaelsen
Small Steps by Louis Sachar
Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Wonder by R. J. Palacio (This one deals with deformity instead of CP, but it is awesome!)

Contact Information

E-mail: walkingwithtension@gmail.com

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