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Creating a space of unity and individuality.

Jose Rosario

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Empowerment speaker, author, and advocate for human rights, and mental health

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“Thank you for always taking the risk of making yourself vulnerable. It takes a lot of courage to show others that they are not alone.”

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Speaker Jose Rosario is an empowerment speaker and a passionate advocate for people with disabilities. Using his insight and vision on life, Jose has created a space for enlightenment, growth, and powerful insight to connect all human beings as one, regardless of their circumstances. Jose unites audience members through the power of authenticity and living in your purest identity.

Why you should book speaker Jose Rosario

  • He is an “unconventional,” mental health professional. Using data paired with vulnerability, speaker Jose Rosario reaches audience members on different levels of enlightenment.
  • He uses his “disability” to connect to individuals throughout the world. Speaker Jose Rosario uses his circumstances to relate to audience members around the world.
  • He enhances the human experience. Jose creates a space for humans to be seen, heard to honor one’s identity regardless of their plight.

“..It didn’t define my life and it doesn’t define who I am going to be, in fact, it gives me the gift to decide how i’m going to use my difference to connect with every single person in this room”- Speaker Jose Rosario.

As a premature baby, speaker José Rosario developed Cerebral Palsy after not breathing for eleven minutes and fifty-four seconds. Growing up with a wheelchair, José always felt different and was often frustrated from “standing out.

As a Latino, gay man who utilizes a wheelchair, speaker José Rosario felt judged for how he looked, whom he loved, and how he viewed the world. Growing up, he dedicated his time to make others feel safe and valued while searching for someone like him in the mental health discipline. For a long time, José did not think his story had a place in his work. However, after José shared his story with an audience for the first time, everything changed. He saw hope and gratitude reflected in those who have also felt unseen. Together, José and this audience created a space to be empowered to own their truths and honor their lives. From that moment, José decided never to stop sharing his truth boldly and vulnerably.

Rosario is a speaker, author and above all, an advocate. As a member of many diverse identity groups, speaker José Rosario recognizes that there are common experiences that can bring people together and that taking stock of who we are gives us power. As a mental health professional, José understands that this empowerment and the creation of a space to be vulnerable can lead to individual and group growth, awakening agents for change.

José is a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Clark University where his work focuses on disparities in effective mental health care after violent events that target specific identity groups. In addition, he is the founder of The Phoenix Empowered, where he shares his story to inspire others to acknowledge their identities, share their stories, and empower those who are underrepresented to rise.

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Empowered to Rise

Speaker Jose Rosario’s personal growth reminds him that each individual we support has intersecting identities that must be considered in order to truly promote healing.

The hope is that by the end of the talk, the audience begins to consider their identities and how this impacts their work. Above all, I want to make it clear that our stories have power and being vulnerable allows us to connect. It is crucial to empower those who feel silenced to share their whole truth.

Audience Takeaways:

  • Begin to recognize how your experiences impact your work within your discipline
  • Start thinking about how we can empower those we serve to acknowledge their stories
  • Consider the importance of representation in all field
  • Acknowledge the potential that our words have towards others
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The Psychology of our Differences

This talk focuses on collective trauma (also known as community trauma in some literature), or the idea that events that impact the safety and/or well-being of individuals within identity groups (e.g. people of color, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community) can impact the larger community that shares the same targeted identity.

Mental healthcare is not a “one size fits all” approach, and creating resources that take the experiences of minoritized groups into account is
crucial. People must feel seen to seek help.

Audience takeaways:

  • Acknowledge that trauma can impact communities when shared identities are targeted.
  • Begin to explore how the experience of difference (e,g, discrimination, having a disability) can also impact us on a day-to-day basis.
  • Begin to think about how mental health care can meet the unique needs of diverse populations, especially after violent events.
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Disabled and Human

This talk focuses on my experience navigating the world with a physical
disability. This includes the mental health space where I do not see many people like me. However, it is important to me to show that disability does not determine my skills or act as a barrier. In fact, it is a gift that gives me perspective.

I want people to know that people with disabilities are capable, that we have other intersecting identities, and that disability etiquette exists to encourage respect.

Audience Takeaways:

  • Learn some disability etiquette.
  • Share some disability rights (e.g. employment or education).
  • Explore disability as one of many identities within a person.
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“Jose R. Rosario’s over here changing the world with raw truths and a beautiful approach.”

Brittany E

TEDxProvidence

“Once again, you have touched my soul”

Leesa K

PeaceLove Storytellers Conference

“Thank you for seeing me, hearing me, and honoring me in all that you do”

Tami T

TEDxProvidence

“For me this young man embodies all the good that I ever dreamed was possible”

Jeff S

Founder, PeaceLove Studios/Family and Children’s Aid Luncheon Attendee
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Jose Rosario
Jose Rosario

5 out of 5 stars

“Thank you for always taking the risk of making yourself vulnerable. It takes a lot of courage to show others that they are not alone.”

Carla K., TEDxProvidence See all references

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