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Jaimi Lard

Diversity & Inclusion Speaker; Spokesperson for Perkins School for the Blind

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Jaimi Lard Biography

Jaimi Lard loves adventure. She has surfed, skied, swung on a trapeze and testified before Congress. Born deaf and blind, she is extraordinary, but she is also as ordinary as anyone: she eats out at restaurants, enjoys meeting friends for coffee and rides a bike. She was a Girl Scout.

As the Diversity & Inclusion Speaker for Perkins School for the Blind, Lard engages and entertains while challenging audiences to embrace inclusion and value the ability of every person. In a typical year, she addresses dozens of groups and thousands of individuals about living independently as a person who is deafblind.

She annually testifies before Massachusetts legislative committees, advocating for programs and services for people with deafblindness. In 2006, she addressed over 10,000 people at the Lions International Convention, the first person who is deafblind to address this convention since Helen Keller did in 1925. Lard was named a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation for her advocacy work for people with disabilities and was invited to accept an a posthumous award for Anne Sullivan from the Irish American Hall of Fame, among many other honors.

Lard brings her highly personal, insightful and interactive multimedia presentations to universities, community groups, professional associations, schools and conventions. With the assistance of her interpreter, she invites her audiences to experience her world, which is defined more by ingenuity than by disability. Audiences come away with a sense that they, too, can communicate across perceived barriers. She urges the crowd to connect with her directly. “If you applaud,” she says, “I will not be able to hear you. But if you stamp your feet, I will feel the vibrations and know you enjoyed our time together.”

When you book Lard: You’ll get a spirited speaker who is dynamic and engaging despite being unable to see or hear her audience. She will demonstrate to your group that we all have more in common than we think. Lard has spoken to government agencies, large employers, college students, community groups and conventions.

Speaking Topics
  • Unlocking the gate: How technology and other breakthroughs are making life more accessible for people with disabilities

  • Making a connection: Communicating with someone who doesn’t hear or speak

  • Just like us: With or without disabilities, people are more alike than different

  • The courage to be inclusive: A practical approach to a more inclusive society

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  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Jaimi Lard?

    Booking fees for Jaimi Lard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jaimi Lard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Jaimi Lard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jaimi Lard for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jaimi Lard for your next private or corporate function.
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    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jaimi Lard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jaimi Lard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Diversity & Inclusion Speaker; Spokesperson for Perkins School for the Blind

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Jaimi Lard Biography

Jaimi Lard loves adventure. She has surfed, skied, swung on a trapeze and testified before Congress. Born deaf and blind, she is extraordinary, but she is also as ordinary as anyone: she eats out at restaurants, enjoys meeting friends for coffee and rides a bike. She was a Girl Scout.

As the Diversity & Inclusion Speaker for Perkins School for the Blind, Lard engages and entertains while challenging audiences to embrace inclusion and value the ability of every person. In a typical year, she addresses dozens of groups and thousands of individuals about living independently as a person who is deafblind.

She annually testifies before Massachusetts legislative committees, advocating for programs and services for people with deafblindness. In 2006, she addressed over 10,000 people at the Lions International Convention, the first person who is deafblind to address this convention since Helen Keller did in 1925. Lard was named a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation for her advocacy work for people with disabilities and was invited to accept an a posthumous award for Anne Sullivan from the Irish American Hall of Fame, among many other honors.

Lard brings her highly personal, insightful and interactive multimedia presentations to universities, community groups, professional associations, schools and conventions. With the assistance of her interpreter, she invites her audiences to experience her world, which is defined more by ingenuity than by disability. Audiences come away with a sense that they, too, can communicate across perceived barriers. She urges the crowd to connect with her directly. “If you applaud,” she says, “I will not be able to hear you. But if you stamp your feet, I will feel the vibrations and know you enjoyed our time together.”

When you book Lard: You’ll get a spirited speaker who is dynamic and engaging despite being unable to see or hear her audience. She will demonstrate to your group that we all have more in common than we think. Lard has spoken to government agencies, large employers, college students, community groups and conventions.

Jaimi Lard Speaking Topics

  • Unlocking the gate: How technology and other breakthroughs are making life more accessible for people with disabilities

  • Making a connection: Communicating with someone who doesn’t hear or speak

  • Just like us: With or without disabilities, people are more alike than different

  • The courage to be inclusive: A practical approach to a more inclusive society

Jaimi Lard Videos

  • The Courage To Be Inclusive | Jaimi Lard | TEDxBeaconStreet
    Be brave. Embrace differences. Learn what you’ll gain when you dismantle misconceptions and change the way you see, hear and speak. Disability,...

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  • How to book Jaimi Lard?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jaimi Lard for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Jaimi Lard, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jaimi Lard or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Jaimi Lard?

    Booking fees for Jaimi Lard, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jaimi Lard, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jaimi Lard?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jaimi Lard for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jaimi Lard for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jaimi Lard or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jaimi Lard or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Jaimi Lard is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Unlocking the gate: How technology and other breakthroughs are making life more accessible for people with disabilities, Making a connection: Communicating with someone who doesn’t hear or speak, Just like us: With or without disabilities, people are more alike than different and The courage to be inclusive: A practical approach to a more inclusive society. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jaimi Lard for your event is $5,000 - $10,000. Jaimi Lard generally travels from Watertown, MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Christine Ha, Mikayla Holmgren, Bree Klauser, Mike Berkson and Tim Wambach and Liz Dozier. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jaimi Lard for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Jaimi Lard Speaking Topics

  • Unlocking the gate: How technology and other breakthroughs are making life more accessible for people with disabilities

  • Making a connection: Communicating with someone who doesn’t hear or speak

  • Just like us: With or without disabilities, people are more alike than different

  • The courage to be inclusive: A practical approach to a more inclusive society

Jaimi Lard Speaker Videos

  • The Courage To Be Inclusive | Jaimi Lard | TEDxBeaconStreet
    Be brave. Embrace differences. Learn what you’ll gain when you dismantle misconceptions and change the way you see, hear and speak. Disability, Empathy, Hardship, Senses, Sight, Sound Jaimi...

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

If you are the talent and wish to request a profile update or removal from our online directory, please submit a profile request form.

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