Filmed on 13 February 2020 as part of TEDxUTK 2020 Opening the Door
at the Ken and Blaire Mossman Auditorium in Knoxville, TN.
Riley is an engineer, student, and athlete who just happens to have one hand. Her own physical differences have led her to question how society perceives disability and to question her own self-worth, insecurities, and identity. By changing her perception of disability and perfection, she’s found new ways to help others overcome the insecurity mindset.
Riley Toll is a junior in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a below the elbow, congenital amputee and is very involved in the limb-different community. She has worked in research at the University of Tennessee Space Institute and is the President of Life Without Limits, a club dedicated to designing devices for those with disabilities. She is currently working as a mechanical engineer at Siemens Healthineers.