Accessibility & Inclusion Matter Consulting
Thank you for visiting my Accessibility & Inclusion Matter Consulting webpage. The creation of this business is based on my passion for educating others about inclusion and accessibility. I was born with both mild cerebral palsy and epilepsy, so I have first-hand knowledge about these topics.
I am proud to say that I have a Master’s degree in Special Education from Vancouver Island University and a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education (with distinction) from the University of Victoria (UVIC). I have also earned a Certificate in Information Communication Technology and a TESOL diploma for teaching English Language Learners. As well, I recently completed an introductory certificate on web accessibility (WCAG).
For the past ten years, I have worked and volunteered at many different places, with the purpose of helping to support those with diverse abilities and to educate others about inclusion. I am currently working as an instructor at the Open Door Group, where I teach my course on "Accessibility and Inclusion in the Workplace" to WorkBC students. As well, I am working on a "Belonging Matters" project with the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, where I help to facilitate focus groups and create resources to educate others about inclusion. I also currently work at Vancouver Island University and at Capilano University, instructing non-credit courses on workplace diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. I am excited to say that I have been selected to be part of the BC Accessibility Technical Committee for Employment Standards, so that is another project I am working on.
In the past I worked at both the University of Victoria and Camosun College, where I supported their inclusion and accessibility initiatives. In addition, I have worked as a curriculum developer for the Kleos Open Learning online school, where I created several modified high-school courses.
My passion for inclusion is exhibited in my extensive public speaking and writing experience. I have written articles and blogs for the Cerebral Palsy Association of BC, the Kleos Open Learning School, and for UVIC's Centre for Autism Research, Training, and Education.
I have been a keynote speaker for the United Way, the Victoria's Soroptimist Society, and the BC Council for Exceptional Children. I have created and presented various workshops on topics such as inclusion, educational and assistive technology, and Universal Design for Learning. I try hard to be a strong advocate for inclusion and accessibility, as shown by my involvement on many advisory committees.
When I am not working, I have a passion for karate. I have worked my way through all the belts and I am now working on getting my black belt. I also enjoy lawn bowling, sailing, and doing expert Lego.
Please consider registering for one of my courses or booking me to create you a customized workshop or presentation. I would also be very excited to mentor anyone who needs some support.
Let me know if you have any questions. I would love to connect with you!