Dragan Tubonjic, Jr. is an inspirational public speaker who is available to speak to groups, including parents and children. His topic is his lifelong journey as a physically-challenged child and adult.
Dragan is a professional data analyst at Bloomberg LP whose personal mission is to tell his story about being disabled while dispelling stereotypes regarding people with disabilities.
Dragan was born with thrombocytopenia with absent radius (TAR Syndrome). It is a rare birth condition, which affects less than 1 out of 100,000 babies born in the United States each year. The condition entails of short arms due to the absence of the radius bone in the arm.
In addition to shortened arms, Dragan was born with club feet. Dragan has had 17 surgeries to correct the club feet while having his arms lengthened.
Dragan has overcome insurmountable odds not only physically, but emotionally by defeating stereotypes and discrimination. Dragan overcame discrimination by the Clifton Board of Education (New Jersey) and was able to reenroll in a mainstreamed public school system.
Dragan was graduated from Montclair State University in 2000 as a Political Science and Speech Communication major with a 3.74. GPA. He has worked at Bloomberg for the past 15 years.
In addition to his professional experience, Dragan is Vice President of Education for Bloomberg ToastMasters, NY Co-Lead for B-Able (the resource group for Bloomberg employees with disabilities and allies) and graduated from the Dale Carnegie Speaking Training course.
Dragan leads an active personal life. He has traveled to Greece, his family’s ancestral home of Croatia, Mexico, Canada, and has done a cross country road trip in the United States. Dragan has played football for a charity focused sports league named Zogsports.
Through all the challenges that Dragan has faced, he has been able to overcome them with determination, heart, and hustle.