Kelly Schwan is an occupational therapist at a level 1 trauma hospital in Portland. As someone who works with people with disabilities every day and has been involved with wheelchair athletes at all levels, Kelly is excited to get a ground-level view of adaptive sports throughout the Americas. When she’s not working or riding her bike, Kelly likes to be traveling – exploring the accessibility of other cultures and being creative to overcome obstacles to see the beauty of the world. In 2013, Kelly and her fiancé, Seth, were named the National Geographic Travelers of the Year for their 10,000 mile journey traveled by bike and wheelchair from Portland to Patagonia.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMtHood, where x=independently organized TED event.
At our TEDxMtHood event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized. Visit TED.com to learn more.