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Pamela Schuller

As a teen, Pamela Schuller had the worst-diagnosed case of Tourette in the country, a touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and a whole lot of pent-up anger. She spent years depressed, suicidal, and wishing her differences away. Over time, she started looking at her life differently and turned her obstacles and challenges into the very fuel that propels her.

Now an internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian, Pamela’s stories of growing up in a body she had no control over are engaging, powerful, a little bit heart-wrenching, and unapologetically funny.

Pamela has performed in six countries, almost every state in the US, and for more than 65,000 kids, teens, and adults. She holds a BA in Psychology and Youth Outreach Through the Arts and an MA in Child Advocacy and Policy, where she focused her studies on creating comedy and improvisational theater programs as a tool for youth with disabilities to improve self-advocacy skills. She has grown that skillset into a repertoire that teaches kids and teens to be proud of who they are, communities to be deeply inclusive, and corporate teams to be innovative and learn to make smart, bold moves.  From squeaky clean to working blue, she gets audiences of every age comfortable and laughing through storytelling and humor.

She was recently honored alongside Ed Asner for her work with comedy and inclusion and spoke alongside Matthew Broderick and Michael Douglas. Pamela opened for Pete Holmes, Lynne Koplitz, Joan Rivers, and in a weird turn of events, Fetty Wap (because God has a sense of humor). You can see her on BuzzFeed and the Dr Mike Channel, hear her on SiriusXM, check out her writing on Mayim Bialik’s Grok Nation, or catch her live on her upcoming tour of the US and Canada with her one woman show, “What Makes me Tic.”

Pamela doesn’t just “tolerate” what makes her different; she embraces it, loves it, and finds the funny in it… while challenging her audiences to do the same. Learn more at www.PamelaComedy.com

About RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau offers diverse speakers with disabilities to teach about disability inclusion; and/or to offer their expertise in an array of topics, ranging from Art and Entertainment to Entrepreneurship, Education, Finance, Law, Psychology, Religion (of many faiths) and every vocation in between. Our Speakers Bureau and its divisions are expanding. If this is of interest to you or you know a professional with a visible or nonvisible disability who might be interested, you (or she/he/they) can email Speakers@RespectAbility.org.

Meet the Author

Eric Ascher

Eric Ascher is the Communications Associate for RespectAbility. He is responsible for supporting RespectAbility’s Vice President, Communications in developing and implementing advocacy efforts and communications of various types. Ascher manages RespectAbility’s social media channels, website and emails; organizes and develops webinars; and supervises Communications Fellows.

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