Priscilla Carlson (1978-2017), Dave’s wife, was born with a genetic disorder that caused her bones to be extremely brittle. This led the general public to think that:
Katie the dog (2004-2018) was born to be a service animal to guide Dave. This led the general public to:
All of the above examples are real. They all happened multiple times in the lives of these three individuals pictured here. They are, as one might guess, extreme examples of the public at large simply Not Knowing what to do when encountering a situation involving a person with a disability.
Through writing and public speaking, Dave works tirelessly to demystify the public's perception of how to interact with people who have disabilities and those who help them such as service animals.
Dave's style can be described as Lenny Bruce meets outspoken advocate for disability rights and awareness worldwide. Dave uses storytelling and a very dry, biting, and usually irreverent wit to illustrate that people should not be afraid when confronted with a person with a disability.
Instead, curiosity, appropriate questioning, and some semblance of tact are offered as alternatives.
To learn more and/or to have Dave speak at your event, click here to contact Dave directly.