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Matthew Shapiro

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West Virginia Based

Get Out of Your “Chair” and Shatter Your Comfort Zone!

  • Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40

  • Style Magazine’s 16 Under 16

  • Honored Recipient, Trailblazer Award Virginia Democratic Party, 2017

  • Featured in Virginia Business Magazine

  • Served under Obama in Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs


Matthew Shapiro is a spirited and charismatic speaker and consultant, born with cerebral palsy. He entertains and enlightens his audiences as to how they can become “their own wrecking ball.” While sharing basic disability etiquette and an engaging story about his life, Matthew empowers his audiences to break free of their comfort zones by encouraging them to exceed their goals and minimizing their limitations. Matthew’s wheelchair was his safety net.


Leaving it caused him tremendous trepidation, as he was not fully experiencing life. Through the persuasion of a friend, he attended an event that changed his life FOREVER! He overcame his fears while placing his life in the hands of others. His messages have won him the accolades of many. He was named Style Weekly’s Top 40 Under 40 in Richmond, VA, profiled in Virginia Business Magazine and even served the Obama Administration in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs.

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October is Disability Awareness Month

"Mathew helped us see our work through a different lens. He was informative and engaging. He met the objective of helping us improve our interactions with clients and colleagues with disabilities."

Lee Ann Barnhardt, Director of Education, North Dakota Courts

"Matthew Shapiro is open and honest. His enthusiasm is contagious. And I think he is living proof that someone can be both humble and confident about living with a disability. Matthew is reaching his full potential and helping others do the same. I can only hope that my students learn from his example.”

Dr. Fines

UVA professor

“Matthew is charismatic and inspiring! His personal connection with the audience is so refreshing. He does not shy away from any topic, is thorough and entertaining. Inclusion is a topic we all need more education on and Matthew is just the person to lead the movement for improvement.”

Courtney Harver,

A LifeSpire of Virginia Community

"Matthew Shapiro did an excellent job of presenting information on disability etiquette.  He used humor and personal examples to ease people into a discussion.  The audience enjoyed the experience."

 Shelia Newman,

President and Owner New Editions Consulting, Inc.

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