Facing Challenges With A Smile

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM EDT

By WKBW News

May 24, 2012 Updated May 24, 2012 at 1:34 PM EDT

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) - Zach Anner has cerebral palsy, but that has not stopped him from hitting the road and inspiring others with disabilities. He said humor is his number one tool.

"I have to write an hour speech in five minutes, here. No, just kidding. This is my journey and how I used humor throughout my life to breakdown barriers," Anner said.

Anner was the keynote speaker at the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day in Niagara Falls, where more than 2,000 people got a lesson in everything from educational programs, to transportation. They also participated in classes throughout the day. There was even a little karaoke.

"The purpose of the day is to bring together men, women children, with a disability, without a disability, professionals in the field, and legislators to celebrate abilities," Event Organizer Kimberly Palerno said.

Attendees also got a taste of Anner's unique approach involving a lot of laughter.

"I'm told I have to compete with the Danish spread, so it's either me or the Danishes," Anner said.

It was this explosive personality that won him a spot on national TV last year on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

"I got to go around the country and do awesome stuff, and show people what it was like to travel. I got to surf, water ski, do stand up comedy," Anner said.

Now, he brings that inspiring message to others through his speeches but he's not stopping there.

"We're planning our next travel show and we should be hitting the road in the next few weeks," Anner said.

The show is expected to air in about three months.