"Elise was BEYOND awesome!"

- Jan Fox, 4x Emmy Award Winner

Elise presenting at TEDx

About Elise

Elise Roy is a deaf human centered designer, former lawyer, and motivational speaker who works in the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement. She is a passionate proponent of the notion that when we design for disability, we often develop solutions that are better than when we design for the norm. A highly skilled public speaker, she has given talks at Microsoft, the U.S. Institute for Peace, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Her TEDx talk, “When we Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.1 million views. She has published chapters in books, as well as, magazine articles.

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Elise is extremely dynamic and delivers a thought provoking presentation. You will not be disappointed.

- Rhonda Davis, National Science Foundation


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"Elise’s presentation was the highlight of our weekend"

-Helena Le Roux Ohm, Center for Discovery


For Meeting Planners


  • Wireless microphone, if possible

  • Projector with audio capability for embedded videos

  • Small table up front for Elise's computer – will take longer cable run than typical lectern hook-up

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I loved the presentation! Very motivating. Very inspirational. A heartfelt message for all of us.

- Attendee

Awesome! I learned a lot on how I should teach to all abilities and students. You are an inspiration!

- Attendee

“Elise Roy delivers a thought provoking presentation designed to make people think differently ... our attendees felt they learned something they could apply back at work.” 

Kathleen Budny, AIGA