Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Life is a little bit like a treadmill; the only way to get anywhere is by putting 1 foot in front of the other.
I’m excited to be starting on my journey into the blogosphere, but I must confess—this is my first foray into the world of blogging! The following commentary comes from snapshots of my own lived experience, and my thoughts on the ideas I present below are ever-changing and evolve as I talk to friends and colleagues in my circle and gain new perspectives. Through this process, I hope to have the courage, strength, and “get-off-my but” motivation I need to prepare a blog. I hope to empower other women with disabilities, and use this as a space for positive, constructive, dialogue. As an activist, writer, scholar, and member of the disability community, I hope to share my stories (funny, frustrating, empowering, or just down-right crazy) with my readers. So, a little about me: Well, I live in one of the largest cities in Canada–Toronto, right in the downtown core. I was born and raised in Toronto, and have lived here all my life, accept when I went away to university for my undergrad and graduate school (Laurier Brantford and Western respectively). I am an avid athlete–I love running, cycling, swimming, hiking, sailing, curling, and dragon boating. The wonderful thing about Toronto is that there is a plethora of sports and athletic pursuits for persons living with vision loss. When I’m not running, swimming, or the like, you can often find me in a coffee shop—I’ve a serious addiction to coffee, and do my best work sitting in a Starbucks or Timothy’s. My work and professional interests center around the intersection between disability, employment, and higher education. I focus my work especially on the importance of mentorship for youth living with a disability, and the transition process from high school to post-secondary or post-secondary to work. But, enough about work, if you wanted to know about my work, you’d be reading my CV! I guess, though, it is difficult for me to separate myself from my work because so much of the activism work I do is informed by my own lived experience navigating my community and my world as someone living with a disability. For me, being able to use writing as a place to share ideas and evoke positive change is exciting, and I hope that in the posts to come, you will find humor, passion, and a space to break down barriers.