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
- 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
- Disability Awareness Month in October
- Acceptance Week in April
- Book discussions featuring characters with disabilities (see list below)
Book DiscussionsThere 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!)