Dear Everybody, it’s time to end disability stigma for young Canadians with disabilities

Last modified by Jose Gauthier on 2020/02/26 20:00

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is Canada’s preeminent children’s rehabilitation hospital and a global leader in childhood disability research. Our dedicated doctors, nurses and therapists provide care and services to thousands of children and youth who live with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury from across Ontario. We also support bright futures for the young people we serve through life skills, employment, recreation, art, music and social inclusion programs. Driving social justice for children and youth with disabilities is part of our organizational mission. To support this goal, we developed, in partnership with our clients and their families, the Dear Everybody public awareness campaign to eliminate disability stigma and promote inclusion in many areas of life, including in schools and in the community. Front-line healthcare staff, middle and senior management from healthcare institutions serving children, researchers, policy makers, clients and families, community members will be interested in attending this webinar, the objectives of which are to: 

  1. Explore equity barriers faced by young people with disabilities and the role of stigma
  2. Explore how Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is breaking down disability stigma through the Dear Everybody campaign
  3. Provide tools and resources to support social inclusion of children and youth with disabilities in all areas of life 

OliviaOlesinski.jpg Olivia Olesinski is the senior communication associate at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, where she leads internal communications, government relations and issues management. She was a key driver in developing the Dear Everybody outreach program, which brings the positive messages of disability awareness and inclusion to schools and community groups across the city of Toronto. Olivia is a dedicated health communicator, having spent the last decade working in various pan-Canadian health organizations such as Health Canada and the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Her passion for health promotion, policy and storytelling brought her to Holland Bloorview in May 2019 to be closer to healthcare delivery. Olivia has a Bachelor of Communications from McMaster University. Her career has been punctuated by various living abroad experiences, such as a year in Dublin, Ireland and South Korea.

Polina.Kosareva.jpg Polina Kosareva is the outreach coordinator at Holland Bloorview, responsible for creating and executing a plan to bring lived experience of disability to the community as a means of engagement. Polina is a passionate disability rights advocate and strongly believes in eliminating the stigma surrounding disability. As a certified Jack Talks Speaker and Social Change Specialist (Leave the Pack Behind), Polina developed strong public speaking experience in health advocacy. Polina has worked with children and youth with complex neurological disorders during her time as a counselor at Camp Winston, and is also a former Ward Summer Student in Holland Bloorview’s TRAIL lab. Polina will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Medical Sciences from Western University this spring. 

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