The core of the presentations stem from Kathy’s self-help book, Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities. Kathy’s trainings and presentations are geared toward helping people, as well as the professionals and families who support them, feel empowered and motivated to use their abilities to contribute to their community and the world.
All presentations can be tailored for keynote presentations for conferences, hour-long sessions, half or whole day workshops. Presentations can also be designed for, people with disabilities, family members, professionals, and/or general audiences. Kathy does significant preparation when requested to do a presentation. This includes calls with the conference organizers and/or the team to hone in on the needs and interests of conference attendees in order to provide maximum value.
Conference organizers and their team are asked to complete a brief online survey to provide Kathy an outline of needs and requests.
A firewalk, if done correctly, involves being so connected to your purpose, that although you may feel fear, you take a risk anyway. This was the philosophy Kathy used in doing an actual firewalk, which she equates to living with disability. Both involve fear of getting hurt and failure, but if you’re attuned with your purpose, you will accomplish much. In this presentation, you will learn:
This is a powerful presentation for adults and teens with disabilities, as well as the families and professionals who support them. In order for people to have rich and full lives, a healthy sense of relationships and sexuality has to be part of it. You will be engaged in discussions about:
Geared mainly toward families, this presentation can also be tailored for professionals working with families. You will have an opportunity to learn and discuss ways to powerfully enhance the self-esteem of a child with a disability. You will leave with tools to help empower children with a healthy sense of self. Kathy intertwines stories from her own childhood to correspond with the concepts of:
This presentation encourages you to focus on how you can use the life experience of living with a disability to draw a deeper connection to their family, community and the world as a whole. You will learn:
In most cases, a disability is with you for a long time, if not for life. So why not live the life you want and problem solve the challenges in doing so? This presentation can also be for families and professionals in their path of helping others to live more fully. You will learn:
This presentation is geared toward individuals with disabilities, particularly teenagers and young adults and their family members, but can also be geared toward professionals. Kathy intertwines her story of discovering her career as a means of illustrating the key concepts of this presentation. You will be:
Designed to offer a new way of thinking about self-advocacy. Often the efforts of self-advocates can carry the message of “Treat me right,” rather than “I am right.” Key concepts can also be taught to family members and professionals who are teaching others to be self-advocates. Here’s what you’ll experience: