Blind Girl Inc.
Blind Girl Inc. offers a variety of keynote presentations that can be adjusted and changed to reflect the need of your audience. The following list is the most requested topics along with a brief description. Keynotes are usually 60 minutes long, with an informal, one on one question and answer opportunity afterwards.
Either in tandem with a keynote presentation, or on its own, Blind Girl Inc. also has a list of workshops that are offered where your audience can learn practical skills to begin making changes immediately. Workshops are 1.5 hours in length, are intended for a smaller group audience, and generally include group discussion and group work.
The timings for either the keynotes or workshops can be extended or shortened depending on your event’s agenda and need. If you don’t see for what you are looking on the list – just ask. The Blind Girl Inc. team can always come up with a custom presentation or workshop for your event.
Activism & Accessibility – Lights, Cameras, Action
With a passion for accessibility and activism, Michelle creates a safe environment for people to gain an understanding of:
- The Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
- What AODA does and doesn't mean,
- The importance of accessibility and simple methods to meet some of the Act’s requirements.
Special topics include:
- Making spaces physically accessible
- Rights and responsibilities around service animals
- Accessible event planning
- Creating an atmosphere of inclusivity within your school or organization
Through this experience, she invites you to learn how to identify potential problems and channel your inner activist to right the wrong before it happens!
School & Youth – How DID the Chicken Cross the Road?
Having spoken in front of tens of thousands of high school and elementary students across the country, Michelle uses her personal story of loss and triumph to demonstrate how the challenges she faced helped her evolve into the person that she is today. Using her ability to connect with students on a very personal level, her strength and courage prompts her listeners to think about how a change in perspective can help them to change their environment, realize their full potential, and find their joy.
University & College – Standing in Front of an Oncoming Train
Michelle understands from lived experience the very real struggles that post-secondary students meet as they transition to the world of higher education. This is particularly true for students facing these changes with the added challenges of a physical, mental or learning disability.
This talk walks listeners through the methods she used to:
- Find balance
- Stabilize her mental health
- Make connections when she felt all alone
- Create happiness
- Ask for help and find resources
Michelle leaves her listeners inspired and encouraged to make the necessary changes to find harmony in their everyday routine!
Parents & Educators – There’s No Way I Signed Up for This!
Michelle and her mother Diane team up for a dynamic session to share their personal experience of:
- Being a child with mental health issues
- Dealing with sexual abuse and assault and the criminal court system
- Experiencing an acquired disability
- Suicidal ideation
- Accessibility in the classroom
- Financing post-secondary education for someone with the added dimension of a disability
This talk is heart wrenching and funny, as Michelle and Diane share two sides of the same experience. A great way to add a spark to your next parent council meeting or parent-teacher conference night.
Mental Health Groups – The Strangest Thing Happened on My Way Here
With her own unique mental health issues, Michelle shares some of the challenges she has met on her journey thus far. She openly discusses:
- Her struggle with depression, anxiety, and PTSD
- Both healthy and unhealthy coping mechanisms
- The challenges she met in getting help
Michelle allows her listeners to recognize that they are not alone, that recovery is possible, and reaching out to find help reveals hope .
Leadership & Diversity – Why is She in Charge?
As a student leader on campus, an accessibility advocate, and a community leader in her home town, Michelle has recognized the power in defining your leadership story.
This compelling session:
- Helps redefine who and what a leader is
- Helps to recognize the power of the non-traditional leader
- Sends you on a journey of self-discovery to identify your personal leadership qualities and style
- Turns your mind to a personal development plan for your own leadership goals
Female Empowerment – Me Do It, Myself!
Growing up in the Girl Guide movement, Michelle has cached a lifetime of lessons about:
- Female self-worth and empowerment
- Becoming comfortable in your own skin
- Accepting who you are
This talk spurs listeners to confidently stand where they are and recognize the strong, independent women they were destined to be.