Jessica Cox

First Armless Person in the World to Have Obtained a Pilot’s License and her Black Belt

The doctors don't exactly know why Jessica Cox was born without arms. Sonograms and other prenatal tests did not reveal this rare congenital condition. However, from infancy her feet became her hands. Like all children, she went through the various stages of development. She learned to feed herself and write with her feet. Throughout childhood, she participated in many activities including swimming, gymnastics, and tap dancing. Jessica started tae kwon-do when she was ten, earning her first black belt at fourteen in the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation. She rejoined American Tae Kwon-Do Association in college and earned a second black belt.

When first learning to drive, Jessica was encouraged to use special modifications. Even after her car was modified, she decided to remove them and drive without. She holds an unrestricted driver's license.

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Jessica attended classes taking notes with her feet. At 25 words per minute, Jessica was able to type out her papers with a regular computer keyboard on the floor.

Jessica's greatest challenges are not the ordinary daily tasks required for her to live independently. Putting in contact lenses, washing and brushing her hair, and fixing breakfast in the morning are all tasks that come second-nature to her as they would to anyone else. Her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is. 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Attitude, Inspiration, Motivation, Overcoming Adversity, Youth

  • Travels From:

    Arizona

  • Price:

    $5,000 - $7,500

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Jessica Cox - International Motivational Speaker

The doctors don't exactly know why Jessica Cox was born without arms. Sonograms and other prenatal tests did not reveal this rare congenital condition. However, from infancy her feet became her hands. Like all children, she went through the various stages of development. She learned to feed herself and write with her feet. Throughout childhood, she participated in many activities including swimming, gymnastics, and tap dancing. Jessica started tae kwon-do when she was ten, earning her first black belt at fourteen in the International Tae Kwon-Do Federation. She rejoined American Tae Kwon-Do Association in college and earned a second black belt.

When first learning to drive, Jessica was encouraged to use special modifications. Even after her car was modified, she decided to remove them and drive without. She holds an unrestricted driver's license.

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Jessica attended classes taking notes with her feet. At 25 words per minute, Jessica was able to type out her papers with a regular computer keyboard on the floor.

Jessica's greatest challenges are not the ordinary daily tasks required for her to live independently. Putting in contact lenses, washing and brushing her hair, and fixing breakfast in the morning are all tasks that come second-nature to her as they would to anyone else. Her greatest triumph in life stands far above any physical feat. It is her unrepentant regard for herself a whole person, her high degree of self-acceptance that gives her the freedom and power to insist that society accept her, too, just as she is. 901-754-9404.

Disarming the Impossible!

 

Corporate Keynote:

Turning "Impossible" into "Accomplishment"

What limits people in your group from attaining their highest potential? How can they push limitations aside?

Jessica believes that by combining creativity, persistence, and fearlessness, nothing is impossible. In her presentation, she digs deep into her experiences living armless in a two-handed world. She shows how these three qualities helped her achieve the seemingly impossible.

Jessica's elements stem from answering such questions as:

Are you letting your fears stand in the way of your opportunities?

Is it easier to come up with an excuse than a creative solution to a challenge?

What handicaps are you-and others-creating that you don't need?

How soon should you give up when confronted with a difficult challenge?

Get Ready to Turn your "I can't" into "I can!" and "I will!"

Youth Keynote: Embracing Differences

Every person on this earth is "different" in one way or another and in one form or another has endured pressure to conform under the threat of rejection and isolation. Students experience the constant pressure to "fit in." Jessica shares the struggle of masking her difference growing up in a two-handed world but then realizing the importance of being true to who we are as individuals. In order to be a good leader, Jessica believes it is critical to stand up for who it is we are, stand out every opportunity we have, and to stand proud of our differences!

Jessica's points stem from answering such questions as:

Why is it more important to "fit in" than to stand out and be different?

Do students act based on what everyone else is doing?

Who is responsible for standing up for who we are as individuals?

Why are we so worried about what everyone else thinks?

Feature a courageous young woman who inspires people to reach beyond their perceived limitations. Bring Jessica Cox into your organization for your next event for an unforgettable experience!

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Guaranty RV Center

Ms. Cox’s presentation will have members of your team improve their attitudes, teamwork, and motivation…and grow with appreciation of their opportunities.

St. Francis of Assisi HSA

The students said they will always remember to try harder…The parents that attended were also moved by your relentless determination to accomplish goals

Hillside House

Our event is about inspiration and you certainly provided a generous measure of that too-rare energy.
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