The 3 events

Day 1 Forum:


Being Realistic Isn’t Realistic: Discovering Potential, Realising Dreams

In a fast paced, entertaining workshop filled with ‘ah-ha’ insights, Norman and Emma will draw on their experience of disability and show how people often get trapped in inefficient habits based on ‘deficit’ ways of thinking about disability. They encourage a view that people with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities reflect the diversity of the human community.

They contend that what’s needed is not an emphasis on ‘fixing’, remediation and simple ‘awareness’, but instead a focus on the inherent assets and gifts that each person brings to the community.

Deep curiosity, the expectation that failure is an important part of learning, and a defiant refusal to be ‘realistic’ can open up new options for people with disabilities. Norman and Emma will bring together ideas about how people with disability can be supported to discover their potential, realise their dreams, and have rich, meaningful lives in community.

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Our Presenters

Although Norman Kunc and Emma Van der Klift are well known speakers and advocates within the disability rights community, they think of themselves as modern day storytellers, using humour and narrative to initiate self-reflection and social change.

Norman and Emma travel extensively throughout North America and internationally providing training in the areas of inclusive education, employment equity, behaviour support, and other disability rights issues. Norman and Emma have a book, several journal articles, and three book chapters to their credit.

They have also developed ‘Conversations that Matter,’ an online values training platform
consisting of over 120 videos featuring the leading voices in community living and disability rights.

Day 1 Dinner


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Day 2 Forum


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