TEDxMesaCCRedMountain Speaker: John Lawson.

Speaker: James LawsonJohn Lawson In 1987 John was injured in an electrical accident painting an above ground water storage tank. He studied piano for 17 years and he left the Burn Center with hooks in the place of his hands. Since leaving the hospital, John has become the first double hand amputee to be trained and certified as a private pilot in the US and the first and only double hand amputee to be a certified PADI SCUBA Instructor in the world. He is a writer, director, film and television PWD actor with past roles in, Law and Order: SVU, MTV-Awkward, Switched at Birth, HBO West World and American Horror Story: FREAK SHOW. John has also had roles in over 15 films. He serves as a SAG-AFTRA Performer with Disabilities National Committee member and serves on the advisory board for the Easter Seals Disability Film Challenge.

Expertise: Flying, Scuba Diving, Film, Acting, and Direction.