Kenny Tedford Jr.

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Kenny Tedford Jr. was born almost deaf, partially blind, and with brain damage. He has also survived cancer, heart attacks, and temporary paralysis from breaking his neck. Despite all of these challenges, Kenny has accomplished an enormous amount as a man of many talents: An author, humorist, life coach, motivational speaker, counselor, teacher, ambassador, master storyteller, actor, and entrepreneur.


Kenny was told by his teachers, counselor, and the Board of Education that he would never pass the 3rd grade. He proved them wrong by graduating with honors and then attending Gallaudet University for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. He later transferred to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN., earning his B.A. in Theatre and then went on to earn a Master's Degree in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. Kenny has served as the Executive Director of both the Tennessee Council for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing and the Communications Center for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. He has also worked as a career counselor and employment specialist for the disabled and was appointed as a Red Cross Ambassador representing the United States around the world.


Kenny will inspire you with his compelling storytelling, his hilarious sense of humor, and his strong faith - even in the face of adversity. He has shown by his life that disabilities, heart attacks, falling off a cliff, and cancer can all be used for good.

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