Training and Public Speaking in the Area of Disability
Have you ever wondered ?
- What is it like to live with a disability?
- What is it like to grieve for the loss of a part of one's body?
- What is it like to frequently receive messages of cannots, should-nots, do-nots and have-nots from others?
- What it takes for a person to be able to counteract the negative impact of these messages on his/her self-esteem, self-efficacy and self-respect?
- What it takes to rise above social, environmental, and psychological barriers to go out there and fulfill one's life-long dreams and passions?
- How you, as healthcare professionals, educators, volunteers, family members, friends, and acquaintances, can assist these individuals in achieving their sense of acceptance, freedom and empowerment?
"Truth only reveals itself when one gives up all preconceived ideas." - Shoseki
Quyn is a speaker and a disability consultant who provides training and education in the area of ability and disability. She has conducted highly engaging and successful presentations and workshops to different groups of people, including health professionals, parents of visually impaired children, university students, and adolescents.
Although individuals who are differently-abled undoubtedly face multiple challenges in their day-to-day living, laypeople as well as health professionals and educators often do not have much exposure to, and knowledge and awareness of, positive and successful models among such individuals. By sharing with you her own personal stories as well as inspiring stories of many others with unique abilities, Quyn hopes to enhance your awareness of the successes, triumphs, skills and talents that people with disabilities possess in addition to their struggles and challenges. In her workshop, Quyn invites you to momentarily immerse in the lives of people with unique abilities by participating in experiential exercises, engaging in group discussions, and viewing inspiring video clips.
Quyn wishes to enlighten you about ways in which you can help to empower people who are differently-abled and reduce social barriers in the form of stereotypes, negative attitudes, prejudice and discrimination, all of which are often bigger challenges for those individuals than the actual disability itself. Gaining a deeper understanding of the perspectives and experiences of people with disabilities can help you as healthcare professionals, educators and volunteers increase your service effectiveness, enhance your cultural sensitivity and competencies, and enliven your social interactions with those individuals.
If you are interested in having Quyn facilitate a workshop for your staff, you can either call Quyn at 778-383-1717, or email Quyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Inspiring Videos about Individuals with Extraordinary Abilities
These videos portray inspirational examples and stories of people with a variety of disabilities. Hopefully these people will inspire you as much as they have inspired Quyn herself. The videos also demystify the negative stereotypes about people with disabilities, some of which include: dependent, childish, helpless, bitter, depressed, unproductive, unemployed, hopeless ... Click on each heading to view the video.
In this video, Aimee Mullins discussed how disability is a social construct. That is, the extent of one's disability varies with different social settings. A person can be viewed as more or less "disabled" among different social groups and in different social settings.
"What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve." - Napolian Hill
In this video, Esref Armagan showed us that a blind person can even be an extraordinary artist, a phenomenon which may be thought of as "impossible" by many.
Can you imagine doing your daily activities without using your arms? John Foppe proves that you can, and can even do so with a positive attitude and many life achievements.
In this short video, Rick Hansen shared with the audience how he has come to terms with his disability. In particular, he emphasized the power of the mind and the importance of social support.
Stacy James became quadriplegic after an accident in her college years. Even though she is no longer able to use her legs and has limited use of her arms, she continues to play different sports and has completed a number of marathons. She is also a motivational speaker.
This is a video about Nick Vujicic who has no arms and legs. Yet he has made his life very meaningful and inspirational by speaking to thousands of others about the power of determination and the importance of never giving up in life.
He sees himself with "abilities", not with a disability. Despite being blind and having no limbs, Patrick Hughes has an extraordinary talent in playing piano.