Sam Drazin is an educator born with Treacher Collins Syndrome—a rare congenital disorder resulting in both facial anomaly and hearing loss. Sam underwent seven surgeries as a child while attending the local public school. Sam presents to a wide array of audiences across the country sharing his story and facilitating meaningful conversations around what it means to be different.
Sam’s presentations tell the story of his life growing up with a facial difference. He takes the audience on a journey through his childhood as he navigated the social scene of middle and high school. Sam touches upon how our ears work and his specific type of hearing aid. Sam shares with the audience both the physical and emotional dealings of having reconstructive facial surgeries. Each presentation is interactive providing ample opportunity for the audience to discuss their thoughts and reflect on themselves.
Sam’s presentations are tailored specifically to each audience however they generally run for one hour.
Sam’s experiences tie closely with the best selling book Wonder by R.J Palacio.
"Thank you, thank you for your willingness to share your story and invite all of us to be more understanding and compassionate!"
"This presentation helped me realize how people of all ages are eager to engage in their understanding of differences. College students, children, community members, parents and teachers were so motivated to address these issues because of Sam's program."
"Watching and listening to what you went through really brought home how we can all make a small effort and everyone will be better off!"
"The pacing and variety of activity and discussion and viewing the videos was spot on. The students were very engaged and attentive-always a sign of an effective presentation."
"This presentation gives Wonder a human face and connects it more to the world we live in. Auggie is not just a fictitious character invented to tell a story, but could be someone in our community."
"I think the connections you made between your experiences and Auggie's were really powerful for our group. You made it relatable and you really did bring Wonder to Life."
"Sam did a great job elaborating the complexities of a child's and family's experience with differences."
"I think that the presentation was well delivered and engaged the audience in a very positive way."
"Really enjoyable presentation- interactive and thought provoking."
"A fantastic presentation! I love how it raises awareness levels for all of us!"
"I loved everything about the presentation. I think that your management style is perfect for this work! You have an amazing story to tell and your tone is always on of respect for your audience. You tap into their thinking and you give them time to talk, kids need to process what they are hearing."
Baldwin Memorial Library – Wells River, VT
Johnson Elementary – Johnson, VT
Buckingham Browne and Nichols – Cambridge, MA
Shelburne Community School – Shelburne, VT
Samuel Morey Elementary – Fairlee, VT
Ludlow Community Night - Ludlow, VT
(Black River School, Mount Holly, Chester School) - Ludlow, VT
Bradford Public Library – Bradford, VT
Bradford Elementary School – Bradford, VT
Gilbert Hart Library – Wallingford, VT
Canaan School – Canaan, VT
Westford School – Westford, VT
Montgomery School – Montgomery Center, VT
Enosburg Middle School – Enosburg, VT
Children with Special Health Needs Dept. of Health – Barre, VT
Dartmouth Medical Students Continuing Education
Woodstock Union High School – Woodstock, VT
Quechee Public Library – Quechee, VT
McClullough Free Library – North Bennington, VT
Highgate School – Highgate, VT
Danville School – Danville, VT
Jewish Community School – Providence, RI
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library – Williston, VT
Marion Cross School – Norwich, VT
Richmond Middle School – Hanover, NH
Sherburne Memorial Library – Killington, VT
Bookstock Literary Festival – Woodstock, VT
Whitcomb Middle School – Bethel, VT
The Gordon School – Providence, RI
Southern Vermont College – Bennington, VT
Brownell Library – Essex Jct, VT
Manchester Elementary Middle School – Manchester, VT
St. Johnsbury Academy – St. Johnsbury, VT
Lyndon Town School – Lyndon, VT
NRG Renewable – Hinesburg, VT
Waterford School – Waterford, VT
Essex Middle School – Essex, VT
Milton Middle School – Milton, VT
Milton Public Library – Milton, VT
Grantham Village School – Grantham, NH
Venetia Valley School – San Rafael, CA
Beyond Differences Teen Board and Parent Education – San Fransisco, CA
Marin County County Office of Education – San Rafael, CA
York Middle School – York, ME
Fisher Elementary School – Arlington, VT
Lyndon Institute – Lyndon, VT
Castleton University – Castleton, VT
Brandeis University – Waltham, MA
New England Regional Genetics Group Conference – Portsmouth, NH
Hartford Area Career and Technical Center – Hartford, VT
Rivendell Academy – Orford, NH
Ridge Middle School - Mentor, OH
St. Mary’s School - Mentor, OH
Kinawa Middle School - Okemos, MI
Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
Sandpiper Elementary School - Sunrise, FL
Westpine Middle School- Sunrise, FL
Horizon Elementary School - Sunrise, FL
Village Elementary School - Sunrise, FL
Pembroke Pines Charter School - Pembroke Pines, FL
Banyan Elementary School - Sunrise, FL
Welleby School - Sunrise,FL
Nob Hill Elementary School - Sunrise, Fl
Kent School - Chestertown, MD
Bernice A Ray School - Hanover, NH
Advent School - Boston, MA
Maude H Trefethen Elementary - New Castle, NH
The Long Trail School - Dorset, VT
Moravian Academy - Bethlehem, PA
Welty Middle School - New Philadelphia, OH
Memorial Middle School - Mentor, OH
Hopkins Elementary - Mentor, OH
Wyandot Run Elementary - Powell, OH
Dag Hammarskjold Middle School- Wallingford, CT
Rock Hill Elementary School - Wallingford, CT
Moran Middle School - Wallingford, CT
Fayston Elementary School - Fayston, VT
Mooretown School- Mooretown, VT
St. Anne's School - Annapolis, MD
Waits River Valley School - Corinth, VT
Dorothy Nolan Elementary School - Saratoga, NY