Public Workshops: 2 hours
Private Workshops: Customizable length
Some clients have difficulties choosing between our workshops. Others ask for a sample before deciding which workshops to host. Breaking Barriers offers solutions to both these needs by combining information from our Disability Awareness, Gender + Sexuality, and Imposter Syndrome workshops.
Join us to learn about how to make your environment more accessible and equitable, how to be more aware of language, and how to support people from marginalized populations (disability, 2SLGBTQIA+, racialized, and more).
Heather McCain (they/them) is Executive Director of Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods, a non-profit they founded in 2005. Heather is also a Crip Doula. This is a Disability Justice term for someone who helps disabled people navigate our complex systems, providing resources, support, and building community.
Heather is disabled, neurodivergent, trans, asexual, aromantic, and queer. They are an experienced public speaker and educator who engages people of all levels of learning.
“All of Heather’s insight was valuable and exceeded what I was hoping to learn. CAN gave me a safe environment to grow and ask questions that I couldn’t ask elsewhere. And ultimately I am grateful to be guided by a specialized group than to put any pressure on friends and colleagues with disabilities to teach me what I should be learning on my own.
I am more confident now in my efforts to help people than I was prior to speaking with Heather. And these lessons go beyond my work! Any time I speak now, whether about my project or otherwise, I am able to use language that is more respectful for people with disabilities and further explain the importance of these words and why I speak differently now. I am certain that this has an effect on these people and is making important progress by helping them to better understand what I have learned as well.
I have such gratitude for Heather and their team at CAN. Their work is important and has a positive effect in the world. And if there’s one thing they teach extremely well, it’s that we are all in this world together.”
Barry Bogovich, Director, Producer, Writer, Los Angeles, CA, USA
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