Steve Ferreira was born in Taipei, Taiwan in 1988. He was the second born of twins and due to birth trauma he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after birth. He and his twin sister, Emily, were adopted and they moved with their family to the Seattle area in 1990.
In 2013, Steve, in continuing his advocacy for people with disabilities, was elected to the Board of Directors of the Arc of King County. The Arc was founded in 1936 and is the oldest non-profit organization serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the Greater Puget Sound area and throughout the United States.
Steve spoke over 500 times at regional high schools, colleges, churches, Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, graduations and numerous other venues. In November of 2011, Steve decided to form Beyond Disabilities, a nonprofit, with the mission “to inform individuals and communities around the world that if you are disabled, you are just like everyone else… just living life in a different way.”