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Matthew L. Cox spent his elementary and middle school years thinking there was something wrong with his brain. School work was a daunting, frustrating and often embarrassing challenge. He was the kid who never seemed to catch up with his classmates, no matter how hard he tried. “Growing up with a disability was like having an elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about,” Cox explained. Being diagnosed with a learning disability during his high school years helped Cox finally put a name to the problem, and to begin his journey to personal and academic success. “I’ve learned to befriend my elephant, I’ve named him George,” Cox said. “George is not going away, but I can choose how I feel about him. We need to take the “dis” out of disability and embrace our elephant for who he (or she) is!” Cox developed strategies that helped him graduate from high school, obtain a B.A. in Mass Communications, and reach a Master’s Degree in Management and Public Administration. “My disability helped me understand at a young age, that failure is just a part of life,” Cox said. “The point is learning what does and does not work for you, so that when you pick yourself up and try again, success is closer.”
While at graduate school, Cox began receiving invitations to speak about his experiences as a student with a learning disability. That’s how he found he had a natural talent as a motivational speaker. A decade later, Cox has delivered hundreds of keynote speeches on parenting, family dynamics, communications, and coping with learning disabilities. His work as a psychosocial rehabilitation worker, personal development and communications trainer, parenting coach, and radio personality gives him a wide range of hands-on experience. Cox has helped improve the lives hundreds of kids, parents, educators, and families from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, as well as those with physical, developmental, and learning disabilities. “Matt’s life purpose is to help others,” said Never Give Up Foundation Director Catalina Pericón. “He embraced the challenge of being different and used it as a motivator to excel. Now he’s applying those lessons from his own personal journey to help individuals and whole families find hope and direction.” Cox’s passion, compassion, and straightforward approach makes him an ideal fit for schools or associations looking for a motivational speaker to reach, educate, and motivate parents, teachers, families, and employees.