Creating an accessible future together requires having experienced, disabled voice at the table. The unique perspective that a life lived as a queer disabled woman and a caregiver – as well as my communication skills developed as a life coach – allows me to approach conversations about life through a productive, positive, and hopeful disabled lens.
I focus on stories and questions as means of helping others understand the disabled experience more fully, and to find practical and manageable solutions to the problems they and their clients/constituents/communities are currently facing.
My story is a unique one – disabled with a condition that results in severe muscle weakness, and yet someone who competes in 5k’s, 10k’s, Half Marathons and Triathlons. But just because my story is unique, doesn’t mean that my solutions to my limits have to be unique.
Community and teamwork; rhythm, ritual and rest; deep roots to weather the storms and radical honesty all create a space where we can deal with the real limitations we face everyday in ways that still allow us to go further and live more fully into the people we were made to be than we could have ever thought or imagined.
With experience speaking to youth groups, at community events, festivals and in faith settings, as well as providing in-depth professional trainings to the Ontario College of Midwives and groups of High Risk Doulas, I’ve had the rare opportunity to develop my speaking skills across a diverse group of audiences.
So what limits is your team facing right now? What about your office, class or community group? How can my story encourage, inspire and equip you and your community to live life more to the full? Please connect with me directly to get this conversation started.
Would you like to have an accessible business, but aren’t sure what you need to do to achieve that? As a woman in a wheelchair with a lifetime of experience dealing with disabilities from autism to hearing loss to neurological conditions to global developmental delays, I can help you evaluate your business and give you simple, practical tips that you can use to help make your business more accessible.
In my experience, most individuals and businesses want to be accessible, but are unaware of the issues that might stand in their way, as well as the solutions that might be possible. My goal, therefore, is to use experience and creativity to identify challenges and come up with creative solutions that allow businesses to be as successful as possible in offering fully accessible and inclusive spaces to their clientele as affordably as possible.
Sessions are an hour in length and take place in your local, Barrie-area business. Sessions include a complete wheel through of your location, itemized list of accessibility ‘wins’ and concerns, and a feature of each of your accessibility ‘wins’ through our social media feeds. If you are considering accessible modifications and would like to discuss those ahead of my wheel-through, sessions can take place via Skype and are billed at an hourly rate.