Shakira Rouse is the creator and founder of Special Compass, keynote speaker, facilitator and yoga instructor. She has an incredible passion at connecting people to understand that learning disabilities shouldn't deter one from accomplishing their goals. Merging her personal experience and education, Shakira Rouse created Special Compass in 2015. Special Compass is an organization dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities achieve success in and outside the classroom Her work has led to speaking engagements, interviews at various events in North America. Such as the Ontario National Alliance of Black Students Educators annual conference, the Learning Disability Association of Canada Speak Up 4 Ability conference and presenting at the National Alliance of Black Student Educators 2019 annual conference in Dallas, Texas. In 2016 she received the Black Role model award for her work and recently, has been nominated for the 2021 Women of Influence Award.