Alvin Law

Award Winning, Famous, Inspirational Speaker who masterfully talks about Circumstance, Perspective, and Professional Development. Born Without Arms... Reaching Out to Touch the World.

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“We all have obstacles in life. It is ultimately our attitude that determines whether they block our path to success, or strengthen us on our journey.” – Alvin Law

Alvin Law is a Hall-of-Fame keynote speaker and Attitude Expert who uses his story to challenge and inspire even the most resistant, heard-it-all-before audience. As a living, breathing example of the power of attitude, he busts through the self-imposed blockages we all have about who we are and what we can achieve, and provokes us to examine and rewrite the stories we tell ourselves about our role, our abilities and our lives.

In over 30 years of professional speaking, Alvin has never told his story exactly the same way twice. Although his circumstances are unique, his story and message are universal. That’s why it’s easy for him to craft an experience that is relevant to your specific audience based on their specific circumstances…so they walk away having heard the message you need them to hear, and ready to take the actions you need them to take.

Alvin has brought his Attitude Revolution to over 2 million people (and counting) on five continents around the world. He’s earned over One Million Miles with Air Canada, and has the highest tier membership at both Hertz and Avis (yep… he drives!)

 
Start an Attitude Revolution

Imagine if everyone in your organization saw themselves, and each other, as leaders. If they positively influenced each other by proactively jumping in and making things happen. If they inspired each other by consistently operating from a mindset of ‘yes’. What could you accomplish? How far could you go?

Attitude can make or break an organization. But attitude can’t be imposed upon people – it has to come from a genuine place. Attitude Revolutions happen because people are inspired, from within themselves, to practice cultivating a more proactive and effective outlook on their lives.

Alvin uses his remarkable story to demonstrate the power of attitude, and inspire you to want to be and do better in your personal and professional life. There are no buzzwords, no jargon – Alvin offers himself up as an example of what’s possible, and challenges you to re-evaluate and rewrite the stories you tell yourself about what you can and can’t do, be and achieve.

Although his circumstances are unique, his story is universal. It’s easy for him to craft an experience that is relevant to your specific audience based on their specific circumstances…so they walk away having heard the message you need them to hear. So whether you need one of Alvin’s most requested presentations or require something completely custom, he will make this happen!

 

Alvin’s Amazing Story
 
“The best thing that ever happened to me is being born without arms. It brought me to circumstances never thought possible.” – Alvin Law
 
In the early 1960’s, over 13,000 babies around the world were born with deformities as a direct result of Thalidomide – a drug prescribed to relieve morning sickness. Alvin Law was one of them. In his case, just a couple of the tiny pills were enough to cause him to be born without arms.

Facing what they thought was a hopeless situation, Alvin’s birth family courageously gave him up for adoption. They hoped and prayed that their sickly, deformed newborn would somehow find a family more capable of caring for his needs. Luckily, their prayers were answered.

Hilda Law was a fifty-five year old foster mother who, along with her husband, Jack, took in neglected and abused children. They loved and encouraged them back from their hopelessness and, through social service programs, sent them to couples yearning for adoptions. They were truly special people.

One day in 1960, the most disturbing case they had ever seen was presented to them – Alvin. They were warned he’d never possess any quality of life and would likely need to be institutionalized.

Not only did Hilda nurse him back to health, but her intuition told her that lurking inside this impossible scenario was… hope. Through the Law’s faith, dedication and infinite belief, little Alvin learned to use his feet for hands. Suddenly, his world opened up.

Alvin attended regular schools at a time when handicapped children were relegated to institutions or, at best, schools that segregated them from the ‘normal’ students. He was blessed to have remarkable teachers who recognized his potential, and worked with the Law family to encourage his abilities.

Life took a turn for the amazing when Alvin discovered his musical ability and he joined the school band, playing trombone, drums and piano. Within an impossibly short time, he became an award winning musician and graduated from high school with honors. He then graduated, again with honors, from college… and he hasn’t slowed down since.

“You can’t hide from life. You’re going to have obstacles show up. I know how to teach people to get past theirs. After all, there’s no magic pill you can swallow – there’s just you. In a quick-fix society, we need long-term strategies. I didn’t just discover this stuff overnight.” -Alvin Law
 
Alvin Law has been presenting his compelling life story to groups across Canada, the United States and around the globe since 1981. He is a trained broadcaster, fundraiser and musician. He has also worked for non-profit groups, in advertising and public relations, the civil service, and has even run for public office (unsuccessfully, but he got over it).

Alvin has played a direct role in raising over $175,000,000 for charity. He’s also dabbled in acting, playing a role in Harmony Korine’s quirky creative film Julien: Donkey Boy and, in a life highlight, played an armless preacher in an episode of the hit television series The X-Files.

He has appeared on countless telethons (well over 100 since 1976) and media features, and has been the subject of two award winning television documentaries. The first, Alvin, His Best Foot Forward, was shown across Canada in 1978. The second, Broken Promises, focused on the plight of Canada’s Thalidomide victims and after its Canadian showing was seen on American Public Broadcasting’s Frontline. Re-named Extraordinary People, it was nominated for an Emmy Award. Alvin has appeared on The Joan Rivers Show, CBS’s How’d They Do That, CBC’s What On Earth and ABC’s Frontrunners. Their segment about Alvin won an Emmy Award.

He has earned the designation of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), an honor possessed by less than ten percent of professional speakers worldwide. In 2009, Alvin was inducted into the Canadian Association of Speakers (CAPS) Hall of Fame.

 

 
The Two Truths:
 
Many milestones are observed around the number 50. For most, it is a change in age that either scares the crap out of us or allows a perspective that only comes with that age. We all have perspective but Alvin Law has one you just don’t see every day. To him, 50 represents an anniversary of sorts.
 
In the early 1960′s, the world was introduced to “Thalidomide Babies”. Thousands of infants were born without proper arms or legs or both. Their images disturbed us and their futures were not something worthy of considering. They were contemporary freaks of nature. What happened to them.Alvin Law is one of them. He is 52 now, is married, is a dad and is the extreme opposite of what every expert predicted. He has not only survived, he has thrived and all without ever having arms.
 
HE IS THE REAL DEAL. What he can do with his feet will astound you but as Alvin would say candidly; “This ain’t no side show”.Alvin believes the key to thriving in one of the most challenging periods of our time is simply putting our challenges in the right perspective, something he calls “The Two Truths”. Example: Someone without arms can’t possibly attend, complete and excel at a “normal” education…truth. Different truth: If that person without arms doesn’t go to a normal school, how will they ever survive in the real world. Hint: The student is now the teacher! Alvin Law is now getting gigs from adults who heard him speak when they were students and have never forgotten his compelling proof that life may be tough, but we only get one! Or as Alvin likes to say…”Life isn’t over till you’re dead!”
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