PRESENTATIONS

The Right tio be Disabled

Most people view individuals with disabilities as "deficient" in some way and believe that by helping the disabled individual to minimize disability will increase their quality of life.
Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift challenge this perception, claiming that people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities reflect the diversity of the human community. They contend that what’s needed is not an emphasis on "fixing", remediation and simple “awareness”, but instead an emphasis on acceptance and pride, focusing on the inherent assets and gifts that each person brings to the community. Does this mean individuals with disabilities, their allies, parents and professionals simply do nothing?  Norm and Emma contend that when we understand the differences between acceptance and resignation, challenge and domination, our supports will be more effective and helpful.

Type of Presentation: Keynote or Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 90 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited 

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EING REALISTIC ISN'T REALISTIC! 
Disability is not a 'brave struggle' or 'courage in the face of adversity'... disability is an art. It's an ingenious way to live. Neil Marcus
IIn a fast paced, entertaining speech filled with “ah-ha” insights, Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift draw on their experience of disability and show how people  often get trapped in the habits of inefficiency. They maintain that deep curiousity, the expectation that failure is an important part of learning, and a defiant refusal to be “realistic” can not only open up new options for people with disabilities  but, more importantly, can make the process of support a lot  more fun. 

Type of Presentation: Keynote or Workshop
Length of Session: 45 - 90 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited 

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THE OTHER SIDE OF THERAPY: Disability, Normalcy, and the Tyranny of Rehabilitation 
In this presentation, Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift point out that individuals with disabilities have "the right to be disabled." Norm describes a series of events in his life which led him to the realization that disability is not a deficiency but a vital part of the diversity of the human community. He recounts his experience with rehabilitation and questions whether therapy really serves the best interests of the "client" or whether it is a symptom of a society which idolizes normalcy and perfection. Emma looks at compliance-based behavioural therapies that have similar underlying messages, and helps participants to de-construct and examine some of those assumptions and the often unintentional harmful impact that therapy can have on an individual. Norman and Emma encourage parents to focus on their child's "well-being" rather than attempting to eradicate disability through relentless therapy

Type of Presentation: Keynote or Workshop  
Length of  Session: 75 - 90 minutes  
Max. Audience Size: Unlimited

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