Jeff Tiessen, Executive Producer
Double-arm amputee and three-time Paralympian and world record holder, Jeff Tiessen is founder and president of Disability Today Publishing Group. As a book and magazine publisher, Jeff’s work focuses on providing kids with special needs with tools and ideas for healthy, active living.
The Disability Today (DT) Network is an online "exposition” of independently-hosted media channels under 15 different areas of special interest to people disabilities, their families and friends and healthcare professionals.
The Disability Today Publishing Group, Inc., is a community pioneer and leader for over 20 years for people with disabilities producing publications including Active Living Magazine and Disability Today Magazine.
Award winning team with a passion for Active Living.
Jeff Tiessen, Executive Producer
Double-arm amputee and three-time Paralympian and world record holder, Jeff Tiessen is founder and president of Disability Today Publishing Group. As a book and magazine publisher, Jeff’s work focuses on providing kids with special needs with tools and ideas for healthy, active living. As executive producer of the Disability Today Network, he has created a one-of-its-kind online information village for the greater disability community. An award-winning journalist and recent inductee into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, Jeff is a respected advocate and highly sought-after public speaker.His signature presentation - “Small Victories” - sensitively encourages others to carefully consider what success means to them individually. Above and beyond his compelling story of overcoming personal injury and his achievements as a decorated elite athlete and prominent publisher, Tiessen speaks candidly and humorously about the small victories in his life that truly define this double-arm amputee’s formula for success.
Brenda McCarthy, Content Manager
Author, editor and administrator, Brenda has been a key contributor to Disability Today Publishing Group, Inc. since its inception in 1991. As Content Manager for the Disability Today Network, Brenda delights in sourcing and sharing relevant and engaging news, photos, videos and resources for the disability community.
Layla Guse Salah, Social Media Manager
Born with cerebral palsy, Layla Guse Salah is a writer, public speaker and advocate for people with disabilities. With a strong voice for advocacy, she’s unafraid to share her opinions even if doing so might ruffle some feathers.
A certified educator with the Ontario College of Teachers, Layla is a voracious reader and passionate writer with a mission to change the tone of dialogue and public perception surrounding issues within the disability community. She challenges attitudes surrounding public awareness of disability. As a child and an adolescent, Layla served as spokesperson for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab in Toronto.
Being a wheelchair user has not stopped Layla from seeking out adventures. She rode horses from the age of three into her teen years, and obtained a green belt in self-defense as a teenager as well. She has tried her hand at mono-skiing, skating, kayaking, tandem biking and even mountain hiking in British Columbia. As the Social Media Coordinator for the Disability Today Network, Layla is very interested in sharing your thoughts with our network of visitors, fans and followers too.
Kimberley Barreda, Web Developer
Kimberley Barreda is an avid skier, sports program director, charity volunteer, and well established name in the disability community. A former competitive athlete, performer and fashion model turned Agent, she has combined that experience into some of the premier information sites and services online including MediAbility.pro talent and industry directory, AdaptiveSkiing.net the go-to guide for adaptive skiing, AccessibleProperties.net real estate guide and SocialArchitect.com the mutual benefit social media site.
Kimberley is a widely published writer of lifestyle, sports and product reviews and writes the Left Turns and Other Obstacles blog at KimberleyB.com. In her capacity as Director of Services for Vets Help, she manages the Team Patriot civic access trailer and was an invited Delegate to the Community Leaders Conference in Washington DC.
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