Steve Cerve, founder of No Wall Too Tall is a speaker, adventurer, and accidental advocate for the intellectually and developmentally disabled.
From pilot, skydiver, mountain climber, SCUBA diver, US Coast Guard Auxiliary Search & Rescue specialist, and Boy Scouts of America high adventure leader; to accidental advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Steve’s life as an adventurer, along with his career in the corporate world, taught him the importance of leadership, teamwork, and perseverance in overcoming obstacles in achieving goals.
Steve now channels those same qualities into helping schools, small businesses, corporations, and community organizations overcome obstacles in accepting and including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Steve understands the struggles, frustrations, and fears individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities face. For far too often they never get accepted, never get included, and never find meaningful employment.
As an advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Steve’s mission is to raise awareness that many individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are just as capable as their non-disabled peers in performing competitive work – if only given the right opportunity to do so. Many of these individuals want to collect a paycheck, instead of a disability check; and live meaningful productive lives.
Steve’s involved with Special Olympics of Illinois and the Knights of Columbus – an international organization that has raised and donated more than $600 million since 1968 in support of individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities. Steve is also involved with The Arc, and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Steve’s an award winning speaker and is ranked as one of the top 9 speakers in Chicago for best Humorous, Inspirational, and Extemporaneous speech as a member of Toastmasters International.
If your organization is looking for a dynamic, entertaining, and inspiring speaker to challenge your thinking on “Diversity and Inclusion” beyond gender and race to include intellectual and developmental disabilities; then contact Steve. It’s an adventure you don’t want to miss.