June 15 - 16, 2018

Variety Village in Toronto

Canada's Largest Disability Exhibition

2018 DATES

Fri June 15 
10am-5pm
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Sat June 16
10am-5pm

LOCATION

Variety Village in Toronto
3701 Danforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON
M1N 2G2

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Friday June 15

11:00 am - Modify or Move?

by Jeffrey Kerr of Accessiblehomefinder.com

Seminar Description

Eventually every homeowner asks the question is it better to modify or move?  This question is often asked after a life changing accident, illness or because of a progressive disability. It is also asked by older adults facing mobility challenges; can they stay in the home they love, or do they need to move to another home that is accessible.

Bio

Jeffrey Kerr is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique in Toronto. He has over 19 years of experience helping clients decide if it’s better to modify or move. He will share his experiences and insights into helping individuals and families of all ages.

Jeffrey Kerr is author of the book “Barrier Free Real Estate ~ Achieving Freedom At Home.” He is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique Inc., Brokerage in Toronto. First licenced in 1999, Jeffrey is the go-to Realtor ® in the GTA for individuals and families who are looking to buy and sell wheelchair accessible houses and condos. 

Jeffrey is a regular contributor to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Outspoken! magazine. He has appeared on the cover of Real Estate Magazine and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including CBC’s Metro Morning, Talk Radio AM1010 Ask The Expert, City News and CBC News.

Jeffrey travelled to 6 cities throughout Ontario in the Fall of 2017 as a speaker with the Ontario Real Estate Association’s Emerge Conferenceeducating other Realtors ® on working with people with disabilities. Recently he has been a speaker at the March of Dimes’ Opening Doors For Accessibility Conferences in Toronto, London and Ottawa.

12:00 pm - Accessible Playspaces for All

by Dawn Campbell & Thea Kurdi of Rick Hansen Foundation & DesignABLE Environments

Workshop: Accessible Playspaces for All

Play for all ages is an integral part of the human experience.For developing children, play is learning and play spaces are the ideal environment for supporting overall healthy developmentof all people. In Canada, people with disabilities are people first under the law; first class citizens and inclusive play spaces demonstrate that inclusion.  Inclusive spaces support tolerance, diversity and acceptance all while everyone is having fun and being active. Inclusive play environments provide a wider range of play materials and activities allowing children and their care givers to interact with the play environment in novel and innovative ways. Access to a well-designed accessible playground has value and future pays offs for all members in a community. This workshop will review why inclusive play spaces make sense and will offer participants practical tools and resources for creating fun and accessible spaces for everyone of all abilities.

Course objectives

  1. To enhance knowledge through evidence an insight that will help participants recognize the importance of accessible play space and how they contribute to the overall healthy development of individuals with and without disabilities.
  2. To examine demographics, statistics and law elements pertaining to accessible play spaces.
  3. To provide practical tools and resources for building accessible play spaces today.

1:00 pm - Accessible Municipal Elections at the City of Toronto

by Theresa Bailie & Jasmyn Williams of Elections Canada

Speakers: Jasmyn Williams and Theresa Bailie, Public Engagement with the City of Toronto, City Clerk's Office, Election Services.

Description: Join us while we talk about the 2018 Election Accessibility Plan, an important mandate to ensure that elections are accessible to all. An overview of election initiatives aimed at improving accessibility for voters and candidates for the 2018 Toronto Municipal Election on October 22nd.

2:00 pm - Become Wealthy & Abundant: The 10 Step Formula

by Tara Geraghty-Ellis of Access Empowerment

Description

Talk on mindset and skill set hacks to help you attract, obtain and maintain wealth and abundance in all areas of life.

Bio

Tara Geraghty-Ellis is a Disability Empowerment expert, Author of VisAble and Empowered: Confronting Barrier and Creating Abundance, and creator of the VisAble and Empowered Program Series. She empowers people with chronic health conditions to create the lives they want and control their circumstances. Additionally, her Enabling Accessibility program, helps business owners to make their programs accessible to customers with disabilities and capitalize on the Billions of dollars they yield while also meeting provincial regulations.

3:00 pm - Inspire Democracy Workshop

by Cyntia Henley of Elections Canada

2 hour workshop presented by Elections Canada designed to help citizens learn how voting services can meet your needs and those of your community.

Saturday June 16

11:00 am - Become Wealthy & Abundant: The 10 Step Formula

by Tara Geraghty-Ellis of Access Empowerment

Description

Talk on mindset and skill set hacks to help you attract, obtain and maintain wealth and abundance in all areas of life.

Bio

Tara Geraghty-Ellis is a Disability Empowerment expert, Author of VisAble and Empowered: Confronting Barrier and Creating Abundance, and creator of the VisAble and Empowered Program Series. She empowers people with chronic health conditions to create the lives they want and control their circumstances. Additionally, her Enabling Accessibility program, helps business owners to make their programs accessible to customers with disabilities and capitalize on the Billions of dollars they yield while also meeting provincial regulations.

12:00 pm - Modify or Move?

by Jeffrey Kerr of Accessiblehomefinder.com

Seminar Description

Eventually every homeowner asks the question is it better to modify or move? This question is often asked after a life changing accident, illness or because of a progressive disability. It is also asked by older adults facing mobility challenges; can they stay in the home they love, or do they need to move to another home that is accessible.

Bio

Jeffrey Kerr is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique in Toronto. He has over 19 years of experience helping clients decide if it’s better to modify or move. He will share his experiences and insights into helping individuals and families of all ages.

Jeffrey Kerr is author of the book “Barrier Free Real Estate ~ Achieving Freedom At Home.” He is a Barrier Free Real Estate Specialist with RE/MAX Unique Inc., Brokerage in Toronto. First licenced in 1999, Jeffrey is the go-to Realtor ® in the GTA for individuals and families who are looking to buy and sell wheelchair accessible houses and condos.

Jeffrey is a regular contributor to Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Outspoken! magazine. He has appeared on the cover of Real Estate Magazine and has been interviewed by numerous media outlets including CBC’s Metro Morning, Talk Radio AM1010 Ask The Expert, City News and CBC News.

Jeffrey travelled to 6 cities throughout Ontario in the Fall of 2017 as a speaker with the Ontario Real Estate Association’s Emerge Conferenceeducating other Realtors ® on working with people with disabilities. Recently he has been a speaker at the March of Dimes’ Opening Doors For Accessibility Conferences in Toronto, London and Ottawa.

1:00 pm - Accessible Municipal Elections at the City of Toronto

by Theresa Bailie & Jasmyn Williams

Speakers: Jasmyn Williams and Theresa Bailie, Public Engagement with the City of Toronto, City Clerk's Office, Election Services.

Description: Join us while we talk about the 2018 Election Accessibility Plan, an important mandate to ensure that elections are accessible to all. An overview of election initiatives aimed at improving accessibility for voters and candidates for the 2018 Toronto Municipal Election on October 22nd.

2:00 pm - Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

by Nancy Xia of SCI Ontario

Bio

At age 18, Nancy made a desperate attempt to end her life. Miraculously, she survived but sustained a spinal cord injury and will live with a physical disability for life. Fifteen years later, however, she is now a happy, productive and grateful person. Graduated with a degree in Psychology, Nancy shares her story and her knowledge to high school and university students on a regular basis. After this seminar, you will come away with a much better understanding of mental illness, effective ways to help someone who is suicidal and how to improve mental health for people with or without mental illness.

Show Location

Variety Village in Toronto
3701 Daforth Avenue
Scarborough, ON M1N 2G2