Son of Merrill Osmond, motivational speaker Justin Osmond was born with severe 90% hearing loss, an experience he shares as a speaker to help audiences with adversity in their own life. When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker, Justin can show people how he’s coped with living with a disability and not letting it define him.
Despite struggling with hearing loss for most of his life, Justin has never let it drag him down. As a child he insisted on learning instruments despite being unable to hear music, competently learning the likes of the violin, drums, piano and more. Justin went on to receive a number of awards and accolades including the prestigious sterling scholarship in music at university. He was also a fantastic athlete playing basketball, football and running track, now representing the American Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout.
Born into the famous musical Osmond family it was expected that Justin would follow in his family’s footsteps. But tests showed he had 90% hearing loss, a devastating blow for Justin and his family. Despite this, Justin spent 12 years undertaking pioneering speech and listening therapy and the wonders of technology mean Justin now has his hearing.
Fast forward to the present day and Justin is involved in a number of projects. He published the best-selling book, Hearing with My Heart, discussing his experiences with hearing loss and founded the Olive Osmond Foundation which supports children who are suffering from similar conditions to Justin. As part of his foundation work, Justin has taken part in a number of fundraising events such as marathons. When booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker, Justin can share with audiences how he overcame obstacles and challenges in his life, providing them with the tools to do the same.
“We all love Cinderella stories. They speak to everything human about us. Justin’s underdog journey reaches the depths of the soul, and we are winners as we replay his victory on the field of life.”
“The school of hard knocks has taught me that life can be tough—no matter who you are. It takes courage and hard work for the average person to be great. Then there’s Justin who goes beyond the norm. Despite his adversities, he has become an inspiration to so many people. You will be inspired by Justin and his undying ability to be optimistic, determined, and successful.”
“Justin is nothing short of inspiring! His 250 miles to help deaf children hear truly touched my heart like no other. His self-less act delivered an uplifting and powerful message on how personal strength and perseverance can overcome incredible physical & emotional obstacles. Justin is a role model for ALL and his personal journey and story is a great example how through extraordinary human spirit and hard work, anyone can achieve their goals. Thank You Justin for your example of courage, sacrifice and determination!”