Ramona Pierson

2015 Speaker

RAMONA PIERSON was 22 when she was hit by a drunk driver, putting her in a coma for 18 months and leaving her blind for 11 years. During her recovery, she was forced to relearn the most basic tasks, from breathing to walking and smiling. Pierson’s recuperation directly informed her future work, including the development of the learning platform currently used by her company Declara (www.declara.com), which builds personalized learning technology containing the same kind of collaborative elements of her recovery process. Pierson’s career started as a neuroscientist at the Palo Alto Brain Center and VA hospitals, which led to her creation of The Source, one of the first online social learning solutions for educators, students and parents. @ramonapierson

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