Community Learning & Resources
The best way to learn about neurodiversity, disability, mental health, addictions, and intersectionality is from people with lived experience (the vast majority of the education shared in this section).
Watch Short Videos
Read about neurodiversity terminology
SOCIAL MODEL OF DISABILITY
Watch video on the Social Model of Disability
Read more on the Social Model of Disability: Fact Sheet.
Watch video on unhelpful terminology: Not Special Needs
Education for Everyone on Autistic Experience: Aucademy
Alternatives to Compliance-Based Therapies for Autistic Children
Watch video by an autist on identity-first language vs. people -first Language
(comes with catered lunch) for organizations / businesses in the Langley, British Columbia area to learn about the opioid crisis and receive naloxone training.
Watch video explaining intersectionality
POVERTY / POVERTY REDUCTION
VIDEOS AND PODCASTS- LIVED EXPERIENCE:
From an artist with Down Syndrome
From a Deaf dancer
Stories of Mental Health, Empowerment and Change from OC87 Recovery Diaries
From a student with Schizophrenia
From people about being Black with ADHD and it's impact on Mental Health
An addictions counsellor's experience of heroin addiction and stigmatization
Learn about life after brain injury from survivors of stroke and traumatic brain injuries
Continuing Education for Professionals:
Schools/Educators: Re-framing Disability
Health Care Providers: Free Course - Understanding Stigma
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INFORMATION, SUPPORT, ADVOCACY
Advancing interests of disabled people in BC (BritishColumbia) and voicing the lived experiences of PWD (persons with disabilities)
Brainstreams.ca offers a repository of local resources and information on navigating the system after brain injury.
Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society Canadian non-profit started for quality of life, treatment options & advocacy for a more compassionate perception of AUD.
Canadian young adults from the Disabled community disassemble the negativity and stigma surrounding disability, promote inclusion in schools & the workplace.
INCLUSIVE GROUPS AND PROGRAMS:
If you would like to us to feature a Change Maker in the areas of Neurodiversity, Disability, Mental Health, Addictions, or Poverty, please let us know.
In 2019, teenage Autistic self-advocate and disability educator, Damon Kirsebom, launched a campaign in British Columbia, Canada, calling for equitable access to education for students with disabilities. His 2030 Project aligns with the UN's Global Goals for Sustainable Development, specifically goal number 4: quality education.
Damon kicked off his campaign with the video, Education is a Human Right. In it, he explores the systemic discrimination inherent in the the BC education system. He indicates that this human rights violation continues to be perpetrated throughout the country and across the globe. He also shares his own experience of exclusion as an Autistic student denied equitable access to the general curriculum and denied credit for courses he completed. Damon, a student with an Autism designation who requires the use of AAC (Augmentative and Assistive Communication) was deemed incapable of learning despite evidence to the contrary.
Damon has asked self-advocates and allies to join his campaign by sharing his Quality Education Instagram photo with the hashtag #EducationIsAHumanRight. You can share the photo from his Instagram page @damonkirsebom.