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Yvette Pegues, M.Ed., is celebrated worldwide for her first responder efforts helping neighbors and nations from Oklahoma to Haiti in the face of crises. Yvette is recognized as one of the nation’s leading authorities on traumatic brain injury and Arnold Chiari Malformation. Yvette began working primarily in schools alongside teachers, serving children with disabilities. Today, her adaptability coaching and disability expertise is critical to corporate diversity training, military reintegration, and ADA compliance test/training to help rebuild lifestyle challenges for the differently-abled. She is a Center for Leadership in Disability CAC Advisory Board Member at Georgia State University and national spokesperson for Camp Dream Georgia.
Yvette is founder and CTO (chief transformation officer) of Your Invisible Disability Group, and creator of the 4/4’s Signature Program Pillars for Newly Disabled and Diagnosed Persons in her book The Art of Adaptability. She co-authored My Mommy had Brain Surgery & I'm Okay! with her sons, Isaiah and Elijah, which was featured in the Shepherd Hospital Rehabilitation Center’s quarterly magazine, The Spinal Column, and she serves on the hospital's Peer Support team. She’s been featured on the U.S. Department of Education's vlog, as well as in Atlanta Parent magazine, Sixes Living magazine, The Doctors (CBS), and more.
Yvette has received a commendation from the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, and was celebrated on Ms. Wheelchair USA Day in Cherokee County, Georgia, acknowledging her local and statewide community service and disability advocacy. In April 2014, Yvette won the state title of Ms. Wheelchair Georgia and qualified to compete as a national finalist in one of only two pageant programs for women with disabilities in the world. On July 19, 2014, she became the first woman of color to win the title of Ms. Wheelchair USA in the competition's 17 year history. During her reign, she promoted an all-inclusive, nationwide platform to help children write and publish books