Cerebral Palsy Advocate. Inspirational Speaker.
Joan Latta defeated the odds since the day she came into the world. At birth, she was deprived of oxygen for 28 minutes and welcomed with medical skepticism. Her chances of survival were estimated within 24 hours to 3 days. Despite her condition, Joan defied the doctors expectations who diagnosed her with very limited capabilities during her life time. She required oxygen equipment and feeding tubes as she was unable to swallow or move during her first months of life.
After long sessions of therapy meant to strengthen her growing body, At the age at 17, Joan audaciously decided to challenge herself by hiking 640 miles into the South West Coastal Path in 10 weeks. The year following her first initiative, she run 18 miles in less than 4 hours, during an open event. Regardless her personal achievements, Joan had a hard time overcoming her high school years due to her peers´ lack of knowledge and understanding of her condition.
At the moment, Joan Latta is a trainer and associate tutor for UEA, but also a published author.
She began her speaking career with the support of ´The Prince´s Trust´ who helped her start her own business - ´Cerebral Palsy Alive and Kicking´. Shortly after, Joan became a young ambassador representing the voice of the organization. During The Prince´s Trust 40th Anniversary in 2016, Joan received the honour of presenting to Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.
Joan Latta travels internationally, as well as in the UK, giving lectures on topics related to Cerebral Palsy. She has spoken in Hong Kong, Singapore, Spain and Macau. On one of her visits she met the Canadian Consul General, Jeff Nankivell.
Joan has been interviewed by TV and radio stations. She demonstrates resilience and determination in the face of adversity, while getting her inspiration from her own personal experiences of living with a disability.
For further information about Joan, please visit her website: www.cerebralpalsyaliveandkicking.com