Awareness

EDUCATIONAL
OPPORTUNITIES

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PRESENTATIONS


WORKSHOPS


LUNCH & LEARN


VAD offers educational presentations as a way to foster Disability Awareness in the community. The presentation is a demonstration of the knowledge and skills offered by the presenters about individuals with disabilities. The 30-60 minute event is accomplished, depending on the age and organizational needs, using method demonstration (props when necessary), speaking directly to the audience and using a power point presentation to relay:

  • The meaning of disability and impairment
  • How to treat and act around a person with a disability
  • Appropriate use of language when talking to or about someone with a disability
  • Understanding of people with disabilities rather than myths and misconceptions
  • Attitudes and barriers faced by people with disabilities

Presentations are a service provided to educate and generate awareness in the community. Learn about the different types of presentations available by clicking the links below.

VAD offers educational workshops that are customized to the audience's needs and are used as a way to foster Disability Awareness in a corporate or business setting. The workshop offers a demonstration of the knowledge and skills by the presenters about individuals with disabilities, and interactive taking and paperwork to learn about specific disability topics.

  • The meaning of disability and impairment
  • How to treat and act around a person with a disability
  • Appropriate use of language when talking to or about someone with a disability
  • Understanding of people with disabilities rather than myths and misconceptions
  • Attitudes and barriers faced by people with disabilities
  • Topics of disability as customized and discussed with planner.

Workshops are a service provided to educate and generate awareness in a corporate or business setting and have a $100 fee per hour of training. Learn about Learn about workshops below by clicking an option below.

VAD offers in-person and zoom presentations to other collaborating partners and organizations about the services we provide, we offer a 1 hour free presentation on our consultation services and the organization benefits of joining with VAD as an organizational member.

MEET THE PRESENTERS


 

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MICHELLE

LISA

TARA

ROXANNE

DONNA

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DEFINITION OF DISABILITY


 

There are many types of disabilities, such as those that affect a person’s:

Vision

Movement

Thinking

Remembering

Learning

Communicating

Hearing

Mental Hearing

Social Relationships

Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers. Disability covers many conditions, some visible and some not visible. A disability may have been present from birth, caused by an accident, or developed over time. There are physical, mental and learning disabilities, mental disorders, hearing or vision disabilities, epilepsy, drug and alcohol dependencies, environmental sensitivities, and other conditions.

Ontario Human Rights Commission,2011,”Disability and Human Rights”

According to the World Health Organization,
disability has three dimensions


 

According to the World Health Organization, disability has three dimensions

Impairment

In a person’s body structure or function, or mental functioning; examples of impairments include loss of a limb, loss of vision or memory loss.

Activity limitation

Such as difficulty seeing, hearing, walking, or problem solving.

Participation
restrictions

In normal daily activities, such as working, engaging in social and recreational activities, and obtaining health care and preventive services.

DISABILITY CAN BE


 

  • Related to conditions that are present at birth and may affect functions later in life, including cognition (memory, learning, and understanding), mobility (moving around in the environment), vision, hearing, behavior, and other areas.
    These conditions may be:

    • Disorders in single genes (for example, Duchenne muscular dystrophy);
    • Disorders of chromosomes (for example, Down syndrome); and
    • The result of the mother’s exposure during pregnancy to infections (for example, rubella) or substances, such as alcohol or cigarettes.
  • Associated with developmental conditions that become apparent during childhood (for example, autism spectrum disorder and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD)
  • Related to an injury (for example, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury).
  • Associated with a longstanding condition (for example, diabetes), which can cause a disability such as vision loss, nerve damage, or limb loss.
  • Progressive (for example, muscular dystrophy), static (for example, limb loss), or intermittent (for example, some forms of multiple sclerosis).

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS


 

VOICE OF ALBERTANS WITH DISABILITIES (VAD) is fueled by sponsors and donors. It’s because of the amazing sponsors that support VAD and our efforts to continue to make a difference for Albertans with Disabilities is a reality. Contact us to get involved and please, support our sponsors, these business and organization are imperative to ensuring that VAD can continue to provide the resources and support that’s so desperately needed in Alberta.

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