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Kathie's Presentation Topics

How can I thank you enough for opening my eyes to see my beautiful little girl and not the disability?
Cheryl from Idaho  Click here to read more of Cheryl's story.

Kathie Believes: “When we think differently, we’ll act differently!”

Unique… Inspiring… Motivational… Valuable… Provocative… Life-Changing

These are some of the words others have used to describe my presentations at hundreds of conferences across the U.S. and Canada during the past 23 years. I'm enthusiastic, positive, and passionate about children and adults with disabilities having the opportunities to live real lives, fully included in their homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. The commonsense strategies I present can help achieve this important goal.


"Disability is Natural" is my signature presentation. Thousands of conference participants have been inspired to change the way they think and talk about people with disabilities; "ah-ha" moments are routine when audience members realize that when we change our attitudes, great changes are possible in the lives of children and adults with disabilities!

For your event, I can present one or more topics below for keynotes and/or break-out sessions, or I'll work closely with you to create a custom-designed workshop that will leave participants enthused and recharged. If you’re ready for provocative questions, positive solutions, and innovative thinking, mixed with humor and real-life experiences, my presentations deliver!


Disability is Natural
Yes, like gender, ethnicity, and other traits, disability is one of many natural characteristics of being human! What can happen when we deconstruct disability, use People First Language, and focus on people's strengths and abilities? Our attitudes drive our actions, and awesome change is possible when we think and talk differently! (Note: this is my "signature" presentation for everyone; other topics are based on the foundational concepts in this one.)

Living Real Lives and Dreaming Big Dreams
The conventional wisdom of "Disability World" can generate helplessness, dependence, segregation, and more. But when children and adults with disabilities have important tools for success—including assistive technology and more natural forms of assistance—they can enjoy self-directed lives, be included in their communities, and live the lives of their dreams. Everyone can live a real life included in the real world! (This presentation is for everyone.)

I REALLY enjoyed your presentation! You are entertaining, enlightening, and an all-around kick-in-the-pants. (I mean that in the best possible way!) Thanks for all you do—you're a remarkable speaker and mother.
Melissa, HSW Coordinator from Michigan

Create Synergy with Style, Substance, and Words
What if our interactions with others could result in greater success for all? We can eliminate frustration, fear, misunderstanding, anger, and other barriers, when we embrace improved communication, move beyond two-dimensional thinking, and utilize negotiation skills. Imagine the possibilities when you create synergy (and more allies in the process). Try it, you'll like it! (This presentation is for everyone.)

Inclusive Education
A variety of different presentations are offered: early intervention, early childhood, inclusive classrooms and IDEA, improved parent/educator partnerships, effective IEPs using activity-based goals, the role of para-educators, informal assessments, and more. Note: not all of these topics can be covered during one presentation, so let's discuss the appropriate topics for the parents and/or educators at your event.

Kathie’s presentation helped me discover a newfound sense of comfort in claiming my disability.
Person with a disability from Iowa

Creating Community With Natural Supports and Generic Services
Isn't it time for people with disabilities to move from clienthood, isolation, and dependence on the system to citizenship, inclusion, and interdependence in the community? It can happen when we use the abundant supply of natural supports and generic services in our communities to meet people's needs while simultaneously ensuring their inclusion! (This presentation is for everyone.)

Cooperative Advocacy
Too often, traditional advocacy leads to anger, arguments, and worse. We don't need more adversaries—we need more allies! New strategies for relationship-building, proactive partnerships, improved communication, and negotiation can ensure win-win outcomes for all. (This presentation is for people with disabilities, families, activists, etc.)

Inclusive Communities—Organize for Change
Every person is born included! Commonsense community-organizing strategies can lead to positive change to ensure our communities welcome and include all. (This presentation is for families, people with disabilities, activists, etc.)

As a manager of a group home, I'm always striving to help my guys reach their dreams. Kathie's presentation helped me see where I may have gone wrong sometimes, and how I can do better.
Illinois conference participant

Creative Collaboration
Waiting lists, budget cuts, too many people to serve! Even under the best of circumstances, the service system and disability organizations cannot meet the needs of all. But when disability and non-disability organizations collaborate, extraordinary outcomes are possible! (This presentation is for agencies and organizations.)

Other Topics
Assistive technology, inclusive communities (what businesses/organizations can do), inclusive post-secondary education, history of disabilities, advocacy/activism, working with the media, and more; and/or I can create a custom presentation!

Click here to learn what others are saying about my work.

Presentation costs include a negotiated honorarium, plus travel expenses to include airfare, meals, ground transportation, hotel costs, etc. I'd love the opportunity to present New Ways of Thinking and Revolutionary Common Sense for your event. Click here to contact me.


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