Mandy Harvey is an award winning singer, songwriter and motivational speaker who just happens to have an invisible disability. A Vocal Music Education major at Colorado State University, Mandy lost her residual hearing in 2006-2007 at age eighteen due to a neurological disorder and left the program. She pursued several career options, including education, but returned to music in 2008, her true passion could no longer be denied. She quickly became a regular performer at various venues and has released three albums thus far. Though her hearing loss is profound, her timing and pitch are perfect and her passion is tremendous. With support from friends, family and her faith, Mandy continues to find joy in music.
In 2011, Mandy won VSA’s Top Young Soloist Award and lived a personal dream of performing at the Kennedy Center in DC. She continues to perform around the United States and has been recently featured on NBC Nights News, Canada AM, The Steve Harvey Show, and the Los Angeles Times. In addition to performing and speaking, Mandy has become an ambassador to both No Barriers USA and Invisible Disabilities with a mission to encourage, inspire and assist others to break through their personal barriers.
The goals that Invisible Disability Association have are those that Mandy whole heartily believes in and actually lives every day. It is Mandy’s mission to educate and encourage others with invisible disabilities. Mandy has taken it as a personal responsibility to bring information to others in order to make their lives just a little bit easier. She understands that education alone will not always provide the required assistance so she enthusiastically provides encouragement by helping others understand that a disability, while a personal journey, does not have to be taken alone.
Invisible Disabilities has a special hold on my heart. I am proud to be on the IDA team to spread awareness of this wonderful organization and practice the elements that are its mission. We know we all deal with many trials in this life, many are not seen.