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Barry Shore

RespectAbility’s National Disability Speakers Bureau

Barry Shore smiling holding up his business card with the word SMILE on it.

Barry Shore

The Ambassador of JOY, Barry Shore, is a change maker and life transformer whose profound message of JOY is being embraced globally. A successful serial entrepreneur with two multi-million dollar exits and 3 issued patents, Barry acquired a disability that left him completely paralyzed overnight. Barry’s decision to use this experience to better his life and the lives of others has opened a unique opportunity to find JOY in living regardless of circumstance.

Barry’s Keep Smiling Movement has distributed over TWO million Keep Smiling Cards for Free to all. His podcast, The JOY of Living is heard worldwide with over Two Million downloads. Barry founded the JOY of Living Institute (™), helping thousands of people learn to live in JOY, daily. Barry is a charismatic, JOY-contagious speaker who captivates audiences and elevates them to a new level of extraordinary.

In the process of recovering from full paralysis Barry has become an avid swimmer and now swims 2 miles/day 6X/week and has accumulated more than 8,021 miles over 12 years. Embraced by numerous major media outlets and a host of well-known celebrities, Barry is a must-listen to speaker for your event.

Barry’s latest book The JOY of Living: How to Slay Stress and Be Happy is due out in Spring 2021.

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

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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