Creating Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants and Refugees with In/Visible Disabilities: A Webinar Series for Executive Directors and Managers

Date: 
December 3, 2019 - 11:00am to December 17, 2019 - 12:00pm
Online Event: 
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The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants invites you to participate in:

Creating Inclusive Spaces for Immigrants and Refugees with In/Visible Disabilities: A Webinar Series for Executive Directors and Managers

The settlement process can be especially challenging for newcomers with in/visible disabilities. This series of webinars allows the opportunity for executive directors and managers to learn and discuss how they can better serve their staff, immigrants, refugees and newcomers living with visible and invisible disabilities by understanding implicit biases, the law and best practices.

 Webinar 1: Incorporating Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Framework to Build Community-Driven, Client-Lead Spaces

Learn how an anti-racist anti-oppressive framework can lead to better service delivery and create a healthier workplace

DATE: Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

TIME: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

To Register for this Webinar: Click Here  

Webinar 2: Accessibility and the Law, Being Proactive to Meet the Needs of your Community

Let's move beyond the AODA, and the mandates needed to create accessible spaces. We will be introducing the various international, national and provincial laws that are in place and how they can impact the lives of people living with visible and invisible disabilities, with an important discussion on how to best support staff and promote inclusion.

DATE: Tuesday, December 10th, 219

TIME: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

To Register for this Webinar: Click Here

Webinar 3: Best Practices

Further Your Mandate, Build Cross-Sectoral Collaboration and Become Leaders in Accessibility

This webinar will look at best practices agency leaders can, and do engage in. Part of the webinar will be presented by Thompson Nguyen, an architectural design expert. The focus of this portion of the webinar will be on architecture, planning and designing accessible agencies and work spaces.

DATE: Tuesday, December 17th, 2019

TIME: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

To Register for this Webinar: Click Here  

For more information please contact Carmen Galvan, Coordinator of the Accessibility Initiative at cgalvan@ocasi.org

The Presenters:

Pilar Guandique

Pilar Guandique is an immigrant, originally from El Salvador who has spent many years as a frontline worker, creating accessible programming for people of various marginalized communities. Pilar holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Post-graduate diploma in Addictions and Mental Health. Pilar has worked both internationally and locally with communities facing homelessness, mental health challenges, poverty and other forms of marginalization. Pilar has an extensive background in Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Frameworks and is a frontline worker, supporting women and trans folks in immediate crisis. Pilar wishes to pass on her expertise as a frontline worker who uses trauma-informed practice in order to guide people to engage similarly with clients as well as coworkers, to create a safer and healthier work environment.

Thompson Nguyen

Thompson Nguyen is an architectural designer based in Toronto. He has over 5 years of experience working in firms that develop buildings and urban spaces serving both the public and private sectors. One of his passions lie in serving the needs of community non-profits locally and abroad, including: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, the Asian Community AIDS Services, and the Thai National AIDS Foundation in Bangkok. Thompson has worked internationally to provide accessible sexual health education for youth and adults of varying abilities. Whether as a design consultant or frontline worker, his work with these agencies shapes the way he advocates for inclusivity and accessibility as a built environment professional. Thompson strives to work with non-profits to help guide the sector into envisioning, building, modifying and obtaining physically accessible spaces.