🎉 International Day of People with Disability 🎉
I want to share a story with you all about the power of hopes, ideas, dreams and aspirations.
2021-this is My Story.
An idea expressed during an interview is now a reality and I am excited to share it with you all on this IMPORTANT day of the year.
Early 2020 during an interview filming I expressed an idea that I’ve had for some years to the film crew.
Fast forward to today and now I’m a Consultant/Mentor for a program that we, the team and I have developed together called
“Beyond the Chair”
We took our pilot program into three schools this year and had a remarkable experience with the students who intern gave us great feedback on how this experience has changed their way of seeing and interacting with people with disabilities. A life changing experience for some.
2022 looks to be even more exciting. We have been invited back to present our 5 day immersion program to all three schools.
We are also looking at presenting in the corporate world as an awareness and introduction program. By taking this program to the corporate world my hope is to invite them into our world to showcase our ability to adapt and encourage them to look beyond the chair beyond the disability and employ people with disabilities. “We work harder than most because we feel we have something to prove”
The “Beyond the Chair” program is developed around a structured curriculum which sees:
🔹️members of disability communities go into schools/organisations and share their story and insights
🔹️participants given the opportunity to get into a chair and participate in wheelchair sessions (eg: basketball, powerchair football, music or art) with members of the community
🔹️conceptual framework and reflection to connect the key concepts and drive attitudinal change and provide meaning and purpose to the experience.
It’s through this participation that we see mindsets change:
There is no us & them, the barrier of “difference” is broken down on the playing field.
We are all “the same” The idea of inclusiveness is lived, learned and experienced not just read about in a text.
For further information on the concept of our “Beyond the Chair” Immersion Program, visit the link below ⬇️
Now none of this would have been possible without our Founders Introducing:
Joe Darcy who has a background in digital media and video production
Martin Gibbons also has a background in digital media and video production
Br Damien Price Consultant/Facilitator came on board and developed a viable learning concept that would allow us to bring this program to students.
Bring in our members from a varied disability sector:
Tristam Peters Consultant/Mentor -avid Powerchair Footballer, playing for the Australian Poweroos, Marketer and Content Creator and lives with a condition called Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Tracey Jackson Consultant/Mentor Retired Australian Para-Shooter, content Creator, Disability Advocate, Inclusive Adaptive Clothing Consultant and lives with a condition called FacisoScapuloHumeral Muscular Dystrophy (aka FSHD)
To read more about our amazing team, visit the link below ⬇️
For further information please visit our website, by clicking the link below ⬇️