The Positive Shift Story
In spite of living with a disability for 12 years, my knowledge of living with a disability was limited to what disease groups and healthcare providers told me. In 2022, writing the history of the American Disability Civil Rights Movement opened my eyes to the other side of living with a disability. Canadians with disabilities have fewer rights than Americans with disabilities. I became empowered learning how organizations fought for Disability Civil Rights. My spirit soared as I learned about the people and movements such as the Capitol Crawl, the 504 Sit-In, the Gang of 19, the Independent Living Movement, Sins Invalid, Ed Roberts, Judith Heumann, and Johnnie Lacy. This knowledge empowered me to envision my future differently. I want to share this empowering knowledge with people living with disabilities, school, healthcare providers, and social workers to create a Positive Shift in the attitudes, opportunities, and lives of Canadians.
Positive Shift makes ever effort to uphold and share the principles of the independent living movement and disability justice.
For many years, disability justice has been the province of the dominant white culture and politicians. Disabilities are nondiscriminatory and occur throughout all sectors of society but are experienced Inequitably. To right this wrong Positive Shift humbly asks This discrepancy increases for Canadians with disabilities who live in rural areas, or are Indigenous, Black, Asian, East Asian, Middle Eastern, or any other visible minority. Peer support is needed. Positive Shift wishes to work with groups so they can make the training relevant to their cultural perspective. Disability justice must involve all people living with disabilities including the GLBTQ2+ community, Indigenous, Black, Asian, Middle Eastern, East Asian, and all other visible minorities and cultural groups in order to be equitable and promote true equality.
INFORMED PEOPLE MAKE SMART CHOICES
Meet Wesdyne (Wes-deen)
Disability Coach and Trainer
Hi, welcome to Positive Shift. I'm Wesdyne, pronounced Wes-Deen. I live with MS. After writing the American Disability Civil Rights history I became aware of the need for Accessibility Training and Disability Coaching in Canada.
Learning about disability will open opportunities for people living with disabilities.
In the US Centers for Independent Living offer coaching from people with disabilities for people with disabilities. I trained as an art therapist and want to help people with disabilities live a life make peace with their limitations and makes the most of their abilities.
My husband and I live in rural Alberta. I enjoy talking to my dog, giggling with friends, writing kids' stories, and posting silly things on Facebook. Seriously, my facebook page is ridiculous. https://www.facebook.com/wesdyne
About the Logo
I designed this when I was figuring out what Positive Shift does.
I began with the yin-yang symbol to represent balance.
The centre is the infinity symbol referring to balance is most helpful when we are dancing or walking. It is knowing that we grow deep roots and branches that reach towards the future.
The dots are off-centre to show the difference between what seems to be going on and how the body and mind respond to it.
My husband pointed out that the logo is two doves - the peace that is contained in life is ever present, even when we are not aware of it being with us.
Accessibility training, disability coaching for adults living with disabilities, and demonstrations at events that promote negative views of people with disabilities are the ways that Positive Shift supports the Accessible Canada Act.
Contact Wesdyne Otto
Spring Lake, Alberta
Text or Call
Mon - Thurs
10:00 am – 7:00 pm
9:00 am – 4:00 pm