This training program, appropriately titled “PEOPLE FIRST“, was developed by TRISH ROBICHAUD in response to the AODA and the Customer Service Standard’s training requirement and has been highly regarded across the province by countless municipalities, private sector companies as well as non-profit organizations alike.
Changing Paces’ facilitators are people with disabilities, caregivers or professional advocates, people living & breathing the content in the full scope of their lives. We feel that there is no better expertise to be found on the topic of disability awareness/accessibility than that of a subject matter expert (SME) who is bringing personal, authentic perspective to the content.
A person living with disability bringing their own life experiences to the training provides a perspective based in reality that in turn deeply enhances the learning opportunity for the trainees.
CHANGING PACES’ LEADERSHIP
is a Disability Awareness Coach, Author, Facilitator, Advocate & Motivational Speaker who lives with multiple sclerosis, heart disease and bipolar disorder. She is Owner and Founder of Changing Paces & People First 4 AODA.
Trained in the facilitation of adult education, support counselling, self-advocacy, social action and life skills, Trish has been providing coaching, counselling and advocacy support to people with chronic illness or disability for well over two decades. She has been facilitating disability awareness training for over 10 years.
Trish was the keynote speaker for the accessibility conference hosted by Ontario Public Service’s Diversity Office of the Ministry of Government Services in May 2009. She served on the York Region Accessibility Advisory Committee from 2003 to 2010, finishing her 2nd term as Vice-Chair.
Recognized by the MS Society of Canada in 2004 as their top volunteer in Ontario, Trish went on to be honoured as their top volunteer in Canada as well that year. This after having founded and served her local chapter for 14 years.
In January 2013 Trish served as an expert panelist for Justice Canada’s webcast presentation in celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Her services include but are not limited to change-inspiring workshops, motivational talks, accessibility program development and providing her subject matter expertise on a variety of accessibility-focused projects.
Trish’s unique background, together with her natural flair for facilitation, leadership and humour, positions her as an appropriate choice to ensure a dynamic educational experience or motivational event for your organization.
Some of our CLIENTS include:
.Curriculum Services Canada
In 2010, Trish Robichaud was contracted by Curriculum Services Canada to provide subject matter expertise on the development of a series of accessibility videos for the Ministry of Government Services. Trish developed the content, created storyboards and wrote the scripting for six videos on accessible documents, interacting with people who are deaf, blind, using a support person or a service animal.
In 2010, Trish Robichaud was contracted by Three60 Communications to provide subject matter expertise on the development of an accessibility video for the Ministry of Government Services. Trish developed the content, created storyboards and wrote the scripting for a video covering considerations for creating “quiet” rooms at Ontario Public Service workplaces.
Ministry of Government Services
Trish Robichaud was recruited to deliver the keynote address for the Ministry’s Accessibility Expo held at Queen’s Park in 2009. Her presentation featured an inspirational speech titled “Accessibility Empowers All”. Delegates included 300 representatives from across the Province who work on accessibility efforts within their own Ministries.
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Our PARTNERS have included:
Canadian Management Centre
CMC has been one of the leading Canadian corporate training firms since 1963 and are a Vendor of Record for the Ontario Public Sector and the Broader Public Sector. They contracted Changing Paces to be their exclusive service provider of Accessible Customer Service Training.
Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario
AMCTO is the industry leader in designation training for senior municipal management They contracted Changing Paces to be a service provider of Accessible Customer Service Staff Training for municipalities across the province.
March of Dimes
Being the largest community-based rehabilitation and advocacy organization for people with physical disabilities in the province, they partnered with Changing Paces to deliver Accessible Customer Service Training in northern Ontario.
Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services, Emergency Management Ontario
Together with ministry staff, Trish Robichaud planned, hosted, facilitated and recorded a series of interviews on emergency preparedness for people with disabilities.
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