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Disability Inclusion Education

Understanding disability isn’t about training. It’s about familiarity. It’s about introductions and conversations. It’s about the comfort, competence and confidence that follows.
“Our mindsets either keep us stuck – if we have limiting beliefs and attitudes that hold us back – or empower us to become better versions of ourselves.”

What is mindset?

It’s a disability inclusion education e-learning course featuring unparalleled disability inclusion education for the workplace. It’s guaranteed to encourage employee engagement, emotive learning and allyship beyond what prescriptive training courses achieve.
“Designed to empower employees to transform from fixed mindsets to progressive, unbiased perspectives to propel corporate culture and allyship forward.”

mindset - Doors to Opportunity

On-demand e-learning. 90 minutes. Seven modules. Includes Knowledge Checks and Certificate of Completion. Learner Enrollment Key(s) sent to purchaser upon processing of payment. Discount pricing on multiple license purchases (10 or more).

Authenticity and Expertise

Disability is often not given the same level of attention as other factors like gender, ethnicity, culture, race or sexuality. Even those who are active champions of DEI may not understand the most effective actions to take or recognize the subtle obstacles that disabled individuals face day-to-day.
“Allyship is about building authentic relationships. It’s also learning, unlearning, and relearning new perspectives…” The Power of Inclusive Allyship, Rick Hansen Foundation

At Face Value

Creating a thriving learning culture is more than routine training. It’s a strategic investment in employee development that fuels growth which fosters value, boosts engagement, job satisfaction and retention.

It says to disabled employees: “We see you and appreciate you and we want others to see and appreciate you too.”
“Employees who feel they have allies – inclusion champions – are twice as likely to say that their workplace is bias-free.”

Moving Forward

Wherever you may be in your diversity, equity and inclusion journey, mindset is fashioned to help you move the dial. Leveraging the scope of talent, benefits and return on investment of disability inclusion supports profitability, value creation and social responsibility.
“Companies that embrace best practices for employing and supporting more persons with disabilities in the workforce are outperforming their competitors.” Research conducted by Accenture, 2021

Supplier Diversity

Mindset, from its production staff to its consultants and cast, is produced exclusively by experts with disabilities, and is the property of a 100% disability owned and operated company.
Certified by the Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada.

A bit about mindset

Our Team

Jeff Tiessen

Executive Producer
Informed by 45 years of lived-experience as an amputee and 30+ in the media business, Jeff Tiessen is mindset’s Executive Producer. As the host of the Disability Literacy 101 course, Tiessen provides learners with incomparable disability content.

Maureen Connolly

mindset Education Consultant
PEKN; 3M National Teaching Fellow, 2003. Chair, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education’s 3M National Teaching Fellowship. A long-standing Brock University faculty member, Maureen is a Professor of Physical Education and Kinesiology with her life’s work materializing in the Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity.

Archie Allison

mindset Education Consultant
Archie Allison is a legendary figure at Toronto’s Variety Village, a centre that serves the disability community through sports, fitness and physical activity. Archie, the centre’s Director, Access and Awareness, and a staff member since 1984 is estimated to have impacted more than 10,000 students and educators with his expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Anthony Lue

mindset Presenter
Anthony’s determination to support the growing need for accessibility led him to become RHFAC Certified (Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification). His consultancy company, Anthony Lue Consulting Inc., works with organizations to make our communities barrier-free… both physically and attitudinally. Anthony is a member of UHN’s (University Hospital Network) Black Legacy Committee.

Joanne Smith

mindset Presenter
With over 20 years of public speaking experience, her keynote presentations across North America include stages at the Mayo Clinic Summit and the Harvard Medical School. Canada’s premier media personality with a disability, Joanne hosted and produced two national television programs about Canadians with disabilities - the Gemini award-winning CBC show Moving On, and Accessibility in Action.

Tracy Schmitt

mindset Presenter
Drawing from her experiences climbing the Himalayan mountains and teaching in classrooms around the world, Tracy is a highly sought-after presenter and facilitator who has taken her message to stages in over 40 countries. This four-way amputee is also a respected corporate and education consultant, delivering AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) content to management and front-line employees.

Evan Swance-Smith

mindset Presenter
Evan Swance-Smith, Minister of Word, Sacrament and Pastoral Care graduated from the Toronto School of Theology at the University of Toronto with a Master of Divinity. With an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies, Evan serves communities living on the margins. They use their experiences, including living with invisible disabilities and as a member of the 2SLGBTIQ community to relate the gospel message to everyday life.

Donna Boucher

Digital Accessibility Specialist and Instructional Designer
Identifying as neurodiverse, with ADHD and autism, Donna embraces her disability and utilizes it in her work as an Instructional Designer, specializing in Digital Accessibility and Certification Exams. She couples her multi-media instructional design expertise with accessible e-learning product development.
“So well produced. Such a positive spirit and totally upbeat mood you created! So entertaining, so powerful, so good. Jeff, you are a stellar host… you should have your own talk show on CBC!” 
Rem Langan, COO, Parachute Canada

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