On February 8, Texas Tech University hosted its inaugural TEDx event. TEDx is an independently organized and executed TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference. This event showcased local talent, research and speakers. I was touched by one speaker’s story and could not wait to share it with all of you.
Nancy Shugart shared her authentic experience as a person with a disability. She spoke of the trials and hardships that so many of our students experience. Despite these tribulations, Nancy has found great success in her life and inspires us to do the same. Nancy has started a non-profit organization called Prove Them Wrong®, a foundation dedicated to inspiring people with disabilities to overcome obstacles and “reach enthusiastically for excellence”.
While listening to Ms. Shugart, I was inspired by her ability to so eloquently explain what so many of us with disabilities experience. That little voice in our heads saying “It’s not fair. Why do I have to work so much harder than everyone else? It’s not fair.” is something so many of us can relate to. Here at the TECHniques Center, we hope to silence that voice of fear and doubt. We foster success and encourage our students to achieve their life’s dream despite differences. Our mission is to “to empower students with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder to succeed in higher education and realize their potential”. We do so by providing additional supports for our students to break down barriers and “make it happen”!
TEDx was a powerful day of innovation, exploration and inspiration. View more Texas Tech TEDx videos here.