Bio for Aaron Cross.
Motivation On Wheels Professional Public Speaking and Life Skills Training
Becoming a “functional quadriplegic” at 15 was not on the top of Aaron Cross’ “to-do-list.” However, because of his family and friends, he does not let the inconvenient logistics of his life stop him from doing the things he wants and needs to do such as competing three times in the Summer Paralympic Games in the sport of archery. Moreover, he has had the distinct honor to train with men of silent honor, US Navy SEALs, having completed two SEAL Training Adventures since his accident.
Cross is currently a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Vocational Rehabilitation program and is committed to achieving his PHD/Doctorate directly following completion of his masters program, May, 2016. Cross obtained a B.A. in mass communication with an emphasis in motivational speaking from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, in 1997.
Cross’s profession since 1997, owner an operator of a successful, nationally known and award-winning motivational speaking business — Motivation On Wheels Professional Public Speaking, performing for small and large groups world wide, which includes Namibia Africa and Beijing, China. In addition to his speaking business, in 2008 he became an independent living skills specialist (ILSS), working for a nonprofit agency. As an ILSS, his role was to teach people with disabilities how to live a more independent life.
In 2011 Cross left the non-profit world and became a Independent Living Skills Specialist vendor for the State of Minnesota; according to Cross, he is teaching what he loves — to live life, because, “Life is about living; not wondering.” In December 2011, he also joined United Cerebral Palsy of Central Minnesota as an assistive technology demo and lending library coordinator, working with the STAR Program, bringing both low and high technology to 22 counties throughout Minnesota.
In December 2014, Cross was a member of the disABILITY Awareness Event Delegation to Beijing, China. Cross’s job was to assess accessibility for members of a vocational rehab graduates class attending the conference in July 2015. Cross visited multiple universities, a children’s hospital and orphanage for the disabled. Aaron’s job was to evaluate the facilities for access, prep facilities for the upcoming event in July and finally and share some simple ideas that would increase access to the facilities for all persons.
Most recently Cross has accomplished another goal by becoming CARF accredited; Cross has taken the extra steps to insure consumer satisfaction and success for his company.
Cross’s personality, and interpersonal communication skills are two of biggest his assets. People are drawn to him because he doesn’t give up at the first sign of a challenge, nor when he knows it’s going to be a long, tough road. He contributes his perseverance in part to being a highly independent spinal cord injury requiring practice, patience and persistence. He loves to assist and is a problem solver.
“It’s my passion to help others and to bring success to those who thought there couldn’t be success and to those who think there is no chance to thrive,” Cross says.
Aaron has been featured in nationally syndicated magazines such as, Sport’ N Spokes, Paraplegic News, Target and Spirit Magazine along with being featured on local, regional and national print and electronic media such as ABC and NBC. Aaron takes his personal experiences and changes them into a story that has been said by countless people to make you laugh, cry, be amazed and want to just leave where you are right now and go after every dream you have. - See more at: http://www.motivationonwheels.com/speak.html#sthash.Nr7XXA3A.dpuf
Energetic, resourceful, athletic, motivated and motivational describe Aaron Cross. He is a business owner who hates to fail, but embraces failure not as a loss, but as opportunity to educate and endure.