Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy, who serves as teacher, speaker, beauty advocate, blogger, and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge for the creation of Assistive Technology. Xian's Give Beauty Wings’ Self-Esteem programs originated and continue at NYU's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan, and M.S. 131 in Chinatown. The programs have also been presented by Xian at United Cerebral Palsy, Center for the Independence of the Disabled NY, the Standing Tall school (a school for non-verbal children), with The Future Project and her alma mater New York City Lab School, where she was also commencement speaker in 2014. Xian has spoken at the Apple Store in Soho, NY, for the New York Public Library, Barnard College, Williams College, the ReelAbilities film festival (where she is the newest member of the Film Selection Committee), and served as keynote for Thinking Outside the Box, a seminar for 140 non-profits, at the Naples Daily News. Xian also ran vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day. She has been featured in Fast Company, The White House Blog, NPR, and NBC News, Fox 5 and NY1 among others. In December of 2015, she was featured by the Starlight Foundation for their Give Actually campaign. Lastly, she is a blogger for Positively Positive - a community of over 2.5 million readers (you)!
Xian is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.