Law’s unique road to success makes him a perfect fit for the “Moving Our Values Forward”-themed conference. The challenges he has overcome—and blossomed with—not only reveal the extraordinary capabilities of the human spirit, but illustrate where hope, strength, determination, and love can take a person if given the chance.
Law was born without arms after his birth mother—who, like thousands of mothers across the world at the time, believed the drug was safe—took a couple pills of Thalidomide for morning sickness. His stricken parents gave him up for adoption with the hope that someone out there was more prepared for the challenges of raising him.
Foster parents Hilda and Jack Law took in neglected and abused children, giving them the love and encouragement they needed to one day become eligible for adoption. In 1960, they were presented with the most disturbing case they had ever seen—and they still decided to take in the sickly, deformed baby whose short future seemed certain.
Hilda did manage to nurse Alvin back to health and through the Law’s faith and dedication, little Alvin learned to use his feet for hands. He attended regular schools in a day when handicapped children were relegated to institutions or schools that segregated them from the “normal” students. Fortunately, remarkable teachers saw his potential and worked with the family to help develop it. Alvin later became an award-winning musician, and graduated from both high school and college with honors before embarking on a career in Broadcasting.
“I am very excited to have Alvin as the opening keynote for NIRSA 2015,” says Demon Pryor, a 2015 Conference Program Committee Member. “After speaking to him I get a real sense that he understands what we do and how we contribute daily to the lives of students on our campuses. Alvin will be able to speak to the diversities of our Association and our values. His ability to motivate and encourage will be an awesome start to what we feel will be an amazing conference!”
Learn more about Law’s inspirational journey on his website, and get excited to hit the ground running at NIRSA 2015!