Our Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee had the privilege to hear from Dr. JR Harding in one of our recent webinar series. His session, “A Disability Perspective with Dr. JR Harding” was thoughtfully put together to educate our group on the business case to advocate for a more inclusive community. He drew specific points on how to communicate to our clients on why being leaders for greater inclusion mitigates their company’s risk. His humor and charisma engaged the group as he discussed his personal story of living with a disability, and how he has been able to make positive changes nationally and locally to benefit those with or without disabilities. During and following the presentation, I received feedback from the participants on asking for the recording so they can share his message with their colleagues, friends, and family. I feel so fortunate to have been connected with JR and to have had him as a speaker for my colleagues!
Catherine Bertron, CLCS, MasrchMMA.com
There has never been a more important time to understand Americans with disabilities — their challenges, potential, rights and important roles in the world. Dr. Harding’s unique story is timely, relevant and inspirational. He speaks to all audiences (both young and old, professional, and trades). He addresses issues such as employment, diversity, advocacy, independent living, decision-making and workplace strategies – not just for disability groups, but also for employers, government organizations, colleges and universities, and community groups. The unique “JR story” provides lasting inspiration and education for audiences from all walks of life.
Dr. Harding is a natural story teller. He is the personification of balance, determination, and persistence. He unfolds his personal tale of triumph with a dramatic style based on his infectious sense of humor and zest for living. He has a charm that enables him to speak on very serious topics. Dr. Harding draws on personal narratives and experiences that punctuate his presentations with honesty, making personal connections to empower children, teenagers, parents, caregivrs, teachers and employers. He often stays after his presentation to facilitate these connections or address individual concerns at no extra cost. He’s motivated by empowering strangers to be captains of their own lives.
Dr. Harding has been speaking at public events for 25 years to over 250 diverse audiences – large and small (from a Rotary Club meeting to the Australian National Transportation Conference to the 2013 Boy Scout Jamboree with 20,000 scouts and volunteers.