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End the Cycle

2015-0910 End the Cycle of Poverty and Disability

The following video explains the cycle of poverty and disability, and describes a method of ending the cycle.

Poverty and disability go hand in hand creating a cycle that’s hard to escape. Extreme poverty causes disability through factors like lack of access to good nutrition, adequate health care, clean water, or through unsafe working conditions. Disability can contribute to poverty through discrimination and attitudinal barriers. A person with disability is less likely to have access to rehabilitation, education and employment — which could help end the cycle of poverty and disability. 

The video was presented by Sam Cawthorn, Stella Young, Paralympians Liesl Tesch, Dylan Alcott and Grant “Scooter” Patterson, Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes, Dale Sheppard, Elena Down and Stevie Wills.


Thanks to all the people who approved, scripted, spoke in, created, and distributed the video; YouTube for hosting the video; Google for helping me find the video; and all the people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible for me to include the picture, video, and text in this post.


Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “End the Cycle”

  • DiDi Klein says:

    Thank you for posting this, Scott. It’s the first time I have seen the connection made between poverty and disability and it leaves us all with plenty to ponder, plenty to do.

    • Scott says:


      There may be many connections between poverty and other factors. However, the real question is what can we do to reverse the trend.

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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.