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Brett Heising      

Expert on DE&I & Disability Awareness Advocate; Principal of Brett Heising Consulting

Brett Heising is a highly acclaimed speaker who educates and inspires people around the world about living life with a physical disability. He has mastered the art of talking about the sensitive topic of “disability” in a fun, open, and honest way. His programs provide applicable approaches to discussing disability and help organizations move toward true inclusion.

In 2012, Heising founded brettapproved, Inc., a travel and entertainment company focused on serving travelers with mobility challenges. Prior to brettapproved, he was a successful journalist and PR pro who transformed into a tech entrepreneur and visionary.

Now, Heising travels the globe helping his clients truly understand the complex nature of disability. He offers tangible, real-world advice designed to help his clients understand the difference between something being “ADA compliant” and truly accessible.

Heising is considered a go-to resource on topics related to disability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, travel, true accessibility and more.

A proud graduate of The Ohio State University, Heising lives in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Claudia and their four-year-old Golden Retriever, Handsome George.

Speech Topics


Understanding “disability” and how it fits within Diversity Equity & Inclusion

During this dynamic keynote, Brett presents DE&I and disability fundamentals in an engaging presentation that gives attendees an understanding of where disability fits within the DE&I framework. Specifically, he touches on what “inclusion” truly means from a disability perspective.

Understanding the difference between ADA compliance and true accessibility

Brett understands, through more than four decades of lived experience, that there is a profound difference between ADA compliance and actual accessibility. In this powerful keynote, Brett shares personal experiences that illustrate why true accessibility is so elusive but doesn’t need to be.

Understanding the economic power of disability

During this engaging keynote, Brett explains why he’s so passionate about travel and how examining the travel habits and trends of people with disabilities tells us so much about the economic tour de force consumers with disabilities represent.

Social interaction training

Brett has spent the last decade perfecting this high-impact, training session. This training teaches attendees how to respectfully interact with people who have disabilities and focuses on the important role body language and our own attitude, tone, and demeanor play in how we interact with people who have disabilities. This training is ideal for anyone in corporate America who cares about corporate culture.

Know your property

Brett Understands that ADA compliance can be overwhelming. In this high-energy educational session Brett tours hotel properties with front-of-house staff to show them easy, inexpensive ways to make their hotel, restaurant or entertainment venue or corporate offices truly accessible.

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