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official bio

Ray Grand is a life coach, keynote speaker, author, podcast host, entrepreneur,  and advocate for persons with disabilities. Ray was born and raised in Boston. At the very young age of 14 years old Ray contracted spinal meningitis leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. This drastic life gave Ray purpose and determination to help himself and help others as well. 

At age 16 Ray started his first official business, Ray Grand Apparel. Ray also became active with Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) where he began mentoring youths living with a disability.

Ray earned a full scholarship to Oklahoma State University where he played wheelchair basketball and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship and a minor in Marketing.

In addition to entrepreneurship and keynote speaking, Ray is the author of "My Legs May Be Paralyzed But My Mind Isn't". Ray is also the host of his podcast show, "The Ray Grand Show." Ray uses his love for basketball and helping others by life coaching athletes who are living with a disability. Ray currently resides in the Atlanta, GA area with his wife and children.

Author of My Legs May Be Paralyzed But My Mind Isn't

Host of The Ray Grand Show

Photo Credit: Disability Images

speaker credibility

The New Body Language Master Certification by The Body Language Institute 

Oklahoma State University Alumni

Disability Owned Business Enterprise Certified (Disability:IN)

United States Federal Court: Nelson Fellowship Program Alumni 

NFTE Alumni

Digital Excellence Certified by Google with Tuck University 

trusted by

Partners for Youth With Disabilities

Oklahoma State University (FCA)

Georgia State University 

Atlanta Public Schools

Worcester State University 

Epic Youth with Ability 

International School of Skin, Nailcare, and Massage

Gwinnett County Public Schools

Springfield Technical Community College

MassBay Community College

Boston Children's Hospital


media mentions

In the 2018 fall/winter issue of the DIVERSEability magazine, Ray Grand is featured for his participation in the Disability:IN mentorship exchange program.

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MBE Magazine

In the 2018 winter issue of the MBE magazine, Ray Grand is honored and featured as an MBE Who Rocks.

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NWBA All-Star Game


In the 2019 fall/winter issue of the DIVERSEability magazine, Ray Grand is  featured for his DOBE certification (Disability Owned Business Enterprise).

Ray Grand participated in the NWBA (National Wheelchair Basketball Association) All-Star game in 2006. Ray was selected as one of the top players in the country.

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awards & recognitions

Partners for Youth with Disabilities 30 for 30 Legend Award

Boston Celtics Hero Among Us Award 

NFTE Entrepreneur of the Year Award

NFTE Best Communication Award

NFTE Best Demonstration of Profitability Award

NFTE Daniel Treanor Award

Published by: O’Colly: Student Makes His Mark On the World

MBE’s Rock Award 

Oklahoma State University Dreamer and Doer Award 

Devereux Character Award 

Media TV: National PSA with Federal Judge Lindsey on Mentoring (Harvard Project)

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