SAN FRANCISCO, December 2013 – Maysoon Zayid is an Arab-American comedian who was born with cerebral palsy due to a doctor’s mistake when she was being delivered. As a result, her body shakes constantly. “I’m like Shakira meets Muhammad Ali,” Zayid jokes.
In her TED Talk, Zayid discusses growing up with CP, following her comedic dreams, and the underrepresentation of people with disabilities in entertainment. Many people with CP are unable to walk, but Zayid has been walking since she was 5-years-old in large part due to her father’s determination to teach her. She describes her parents as people who told her that nothing was impossible.
Zayid then went to college for acting and discovered the difficulty of being cast due to her disability. For this reason, she decided to become a comic and an advocate for people with disabilities. Zayid is now a successful stand-up comedian who performs in America as well as the Middle East.
To learn about resources for people with cerebral palsy in the Orlando area, check out CECO.