Teena asks the audience to take a walk in her shoes and view the world through the eyes of someone with cerebral palsy. She will challenge them to forget their preconceived notions and emphasize that what defines a person is not a disability, but who they are as a person.
Teena Fitzroy is the Family Information Specialist at Monroe #1 BOCES in Rochester, NY. She holds a B.S. in Sociology from S.U.N.Y. Geneseo. She has been a strong advocate and presenter for individuals with disabilities for over 25 years in Rochester and nationally including California, New Orleans, Ohio, Kentucky, and Texas. Teena shares her personal experiences of growing up with cerebral palsy with passion and enthusiasm to audiences of all ages. Although she has cerebral palsy, she does not let the disability define her. She continually pushes against the systems that have tried to define her, and others, as only her disability. With warmth and humor, she shares her struggles and triumphs with her audience by presenting Teena’s Trunk. She is a successful professional as well as a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who happens to have a disability. She enjoys spending time with her family, bike riding, reading, camping, and her latest passion is scrapbooking. Her family is the most important thing to her. Teena has received several awards including the Dewitt Clinton Mason Award for Community Service for the East Rochester Masonic Lodge, the Community Service Award for the Council on Exceptional Children, and the Staff appreciation Award from Monroe #1 BOCES. She is excited to be a presenter at TEDxFlourCity 2013. Teena has her own website which is www.teenafitzroy.com