Sara Gaver

Sara Gaver

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In her TEDxJacksonville talk, Beyond Face Value, Sara Gaver discusses the burden of being defined by people’s perceptions–rather than by her own achievements–and looks toward the day when, “people conquer their fear of the unknown, especially my unknowns.”

Quoting a favorite writer, Sara observed, “Prejudice is a far greater problem than any impairment; discrimination is a bigger obstacle to overcome than any disability.” In her moving talk, she rejects limiting labels: “. . . Even though my arms don’t work, I can still reach out. And sometimes my legs may not work, but I can most definitely take a stand.”

About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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