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Create a Positive Shift

Making a Positive Shift in the lives of people living with disabilities. 

Accessibility Training and Disability Advocacy

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Positive Shift is a registered Alberta company. Coaching services follow the OEATA code of ethics, and is fully insured.

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Hello

My name is Wesdyne Otto (Wes-deen)

I founded Positive Shift

Disability Advocate proudly living with a disability.

Writer, Lecturer, Group Facilitator

Previously I worked as an Art Therapist and Educator.

  • Addressing Ableism in Canada (book)

  • Action on Ableism (play)

  • American Disability Civil Rights History (articles)

  • University of Alberta Disability Awareness (lecture)

  • Living with My Dragon (children's book)

 

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Free Virtual Peer Support Group

This Support Group was started with the belief that every single one of us is resilient, and that our resilience can be fostered with the help and support of a community. Our members provide the place and space for personal growth, self-reflection, learning, and bonding. We invite you to find out more information and hope you will join us.

Live, Online, Interactive Disability Awareness Training

Hiring people with disabilities has huge benefits for any organization. It raises team morale, demonstrates care and compassion, and reduces employee turnover. Employees with disabilities are dedicated, long term workers.

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For Healthcare Sites, Social Work Agencies, and
Post-Secondary Institutions
 

Chose the type of training that will benefit your company, nonprofit or postsecondary students.

Intermediate and Advanced programs are customized to fit your business or service sector.

Slide deck provided for participants with all training sessions

 

  • Solve staffing shortages by creating accessible work sites that attract, retain, and promote employees with disabilities.

  • Increase staff competency and confidence as they teach, nurse, support and parent children and adults living with chronic illnesses and disability.

  • Accessible Services foster independence.

  • Write inclusive Human Resources policies. 

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Basic

2 hours

Models of Disability

Dismantle Disability Stereotypes

Stop Disability Discrimination

90 min. presentation

30 min. Q&A​

50 participants

$150

Free for some institutions

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Intermediate

4 hours

Models of Disability

Dismantle Disability Stereotypes

Stop Disability Discrimination

Disability in the News

Small Group Activities

Business Sector Specific

$500 for 25 participants 

$875 for 50 max participants

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Advanced

2 x 6-hour sessions

Models of Disability

Dismantle Disability Stereotypes

Stop Disability Discrimination

Disability in the News

Small Group Activities

Business Sector Specific

Evaluate HR policies

Checklist for Accessible Business/Services 

$1500 for 10-25 participants

$2500 for 25-50 participants

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Online, Interactive Course

8 hours over 4 weeks

Group and Individual exercises 

Live chat and breakout rooms

Roundtable discussions

16 participants

$200 

Free for the first 4 fixed-income registrants

First week of April 2023

Date and time TBA by participants

 

American Organizations that prioritize disability inclusion report

28% higher revenue

Double the net income

30% higher economic profit margins

Social Positive Shift 

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