Deaf since a child, Keith Nolan was told that he could not enlist in the United States armed forces because he was deaf. But Nolan didn’t take no for an answer.

After Nolan finally convinced a commander to let him audit ROTC classes, he proved himself a top student and earned his uniform.

Although a standard military hearing test prevents him from enlisting, his continued fight has inspired many would-be soldiers with disabilities, and a vigorous online campaign on his behalf. Nolan’s point is that while he may not be able to serve in combat, his disability should not prevent him from serving in supporting rolls.

Nolan’s inspiring TEDx video below tells Nolan’s story and shows another example of how having hearing loss is not stopping individuals from pursuing their goals.

SOURCE: TED Conferences