By Jacqui Tibbits, Director Consultivation
By Jacqui Tibbits, Consultivation Director
Long before access and inclusion plans, the Disability Services Act and great changes to societal attitudes to include people with disability I was fortunate to watch a man with a masterful mind live, work and play.
One afternoon while chopping wood, my Pop, Tom Barrett, had a brain aneurysm rupture causing him to lose function in his legs. Perhaps he was fortunate he already ran a successful business, employed dedicated people and was an important member of his community before this occurred.
I remember fondly as a young girl riding on his lap while he sat in his wheelchair, racing down the ramp that led from his home’s back door past the outside washer room and water closet on our right and two large rain tanks on our left onto the lawn. Once we reached the grass, there was a left turn as we then headed across the grass to the driveway and back doors of the business where I would jump off and head back to the house. Yes, the business and his home were alongside each other – perhaps a clever planning design we have lost sight of in our pursuit of progress, growth and separation of work and private life.
I was fortunate to grow up seeing what many other people didn’t - that people with disability can contribute to business, economy and society. Stereotypes, stigmas, myths and unconscious bias often influence decisions on employing or not-employing people with disability compounded by messages and imagery in media and entertainment.
Jacqui is a positive change management specialist with a penchant for public speaking.
Susan has expertise in cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative therapy & mindfulness.
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