Keith Bonchek

Disability Advocate, Coach & Consultant

Keith's Story

Born in Los Angeles, Keith was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy (CP), compounded with a moderate to severe hearing loss. 

Doctors told Keith’s mother that she shouldn’t expect him to ever speak or walk, let alone drive or even graduate from high school. She became Keith’s biggest supporter and advocate, building a network that helped him prove the doctors wrong.

Despite a laundry list of medical conditions, including a learning disability, he graduated from high school, attended college and trade school, and  became a licensed landscape contractor and designer.

As an advocate, Keith has worked with children and adults with disabilities, as a camp counselor, as a wheelchair basketball assistant coach, and served as vice chairman of the California Committee for the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program (DDTP).

In 2020, Keith built a support team and began his non-profit, Ability Together, Inc. with the mission to bring equity in communication to healthcare environments.

Speaking Topics

People First Language — Changing the Mindset: Putting the person before the disability

People First Healthcare Service — And why you need to use it

Communication & Disability — Working through misunderstandings with physical & intellectual disabilities

Myths & Facts About Deafness — What the hearing world needs to know about my community

A fresh perspective

Mr. Bonchek is in his 'wheelhouse' serving up liquid motivation by the glass. He has an inherent gift to give which is "hope" through anecdotal stories laced with humor and a message of 'Overcoming' obstacles and barriers. He was well received at our organization's inservice. Bravo! I highly recommend him in bringing a fresh perspective to any event.​
Tracy DiFilippis
Sector Strategis Manager, Goodwill Southern California

The simple fact is that people with disabilities sometimes have unique communication needs that are often overlooked.

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