TED Talks are short talks about innovative and interesting ideas. 

There are some awesome TED Talks by disabled people! Check out some of our favourites below. 

You can watch videos of the talks or read the transcripts. The videos have subtitles.  

I’m Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much by Stella Young 

Stella was an Australian comedian and disability rights activist.  

In her TED Talk, Stella talked about ‘inspiration porn’ and how she didn’t want to be seen as an inspiration just for doing day- to- day things, like buying groceries. 

“I want to live in a world where we value genuine achievement for disabled people.” – Stella Young 

Why Design Should Include Everyone by Sinead Burke 

Sinead is an Irish writer and influencer, who was on the cover of Vogue Magazine in 2019. She is also a little person.  

In her TED Talk, Sinead talks about how the world is not made for people like her. For example, the locks in public toilets are too high for her to reach.  

Sinead says that it is important to design for everyone. 

“Design is an enormous privilege, but it is a bigger responsibility.” – Sinead Burke 

How I Use Sonar to Navigate the World by Daniel Kish


Daniel uses sounds to get around in the world. 

In his TED Talk, Daniel talks about how he creates sounds, like clicking his tongue, to help him find objects and understand the space around him.  

“Ignorance and fear are matters of the mind. And the mind is adaptable.” – Daniel Kish 

Embrace the Shake by Phil Hansen


Phil developed an uncontrollable tremor in his hand during his years in Art School.  

In his TED Talk, Phil talks about how he learned to live with the tremor, even though he couldn’t make the art he loved. He started making different kinds of art instead. 

“I ended up having an approach to creativity that completely changed my artistic horizons.” – Phil Hansen. 

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