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Matthew Shapiro

Matthew Shapiro

Disability Consultant, Public Speaker & Lobbyist – Matthew Shapiro has it all!

As a person with a disability (PwD), Matthew Shapiro has spent most of his life motivated to teach those he has met how to better understand the disability community. This work shaped Shapiro’s approach and it became his life’s mission to educate others regarding disability related issues.  With this thought in mind, in December of 2014, Shapiro created “6 Wheels Consulting”. Working with those in both the private and public sectors, Shapiro hopes to expand their understanding of disabilities and give them knowledge they can use in any environment.

Through professional consulting, dynamic public speaking, and lobbying services, he strives to educate and guide his clients about cost-effective and common-sense solutions to disability related barriers. The goal of this enhanced education is to broaden their understanding and appreciation for those with disabilities.  By combining Shapiro’s personal disability experience with the knowledge gained through completing numerous disability training programs, Shapiro finds himself uniquely qualified to help make your company, your community, or your audience more disability aware.


  • VAULT Board Member, (Virginia Advocates United Leading Together)
  • Virginia Board for People with Disabilities (Board Member)
  • United States Business Leaders Network-Student Advisory Council, Chairman
  • Virginia Business Leaders Network
  • Division on Career Development and Transition, a Division of the International Council for Exceptional Children (Board Member)
  • Virginia Department of Education’s Inclusion Day – Steering Committee
  • Youth Leadership Forum Mentor (Va. Board for People with Disabilities)

Shapiro’s keynotes are insightful, engaging, and interactive presentations with programs covering a variety of disability related topics as well as other business, advocacy, and leadership focused themes. Each program can be customized for content and length based on the client’s needs and requests.

Some of the most popular presentations include:

DISABILITY: LET’S THINK ABOUT THIS DIFFERENCE DIFFERENTLY In this program, we will discuss and discover a different way to approach thinking about disability. Learn about different strategies that will change your mindset when thinking about this population.

FROM ADVOCATE TO BUSINESS OWNER: THE MATTHEW SHAPIRO STORY During this talk, you will hear about my life journey from the early years to the advocacy years to owning my own business.

THE JOURNEY TO DISABILITY RIGHTS: THE PLACES, THE PIONEERS, AND THE PROTESTS (THE HISTORY OF THE DISABILITY RIGHTS MOVEMENT) If your organization requests this presentation you will learn about the Disability Rights Movement through important characters, events, and struggles; along with the events that led to the passage of the landmark disability rights legislation, known as, The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Additionally, you will learn about the amendments that went into The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Matthew Shapiro Speaking Youth Advocacy Council Summit 2 Minute Promo – YouTube 

Richmond Chapter SHRM Diversity and Inclusion Symposium (



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