Jaimi Lard, a Perkins School for the Blind Diversity and Inclusion Speaker, delivered a TEDx BeaconStreet talk called “The Courage To Be Inclusive.”
Lard, who has been deaf and blind since birth, lives independently and has lead an active life. She has surfed, skied, swung on a trapeze and testified before Congress, according to Perkins School.
On Saturday, Nov. 18, Lard was one of the speakers who took the stage at the JFK Library in Boston to deliver a powerful message of importance to both them, their communities and society as a whole.
Lard has plenty of experience addressing audiences. Each year she speaks appears with dozens of groups and reaches thousands of people as a Perkins School Inclusion Speaker.
“Lard engages and entertains while challenging audiences to embrace inclusion and value the ability of every person,” the Perkins site said.
During the TEDx talk, Lard took the stage and, with her Interpreter Christine Dwyer, where they taught the audience sign language, how to guide a blind person, and how having the courage to be inclusive has the potential to make a massive impact, according to a press release about the event.