Diverse Abilities Programs & Training

Gina Martin

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“Having a disability does not change who you are.
It changes your interaction with the world.”

Breaking Through Barriers

There are 6.2 million of us (per Easter Seals Canada) in Canada identifying as living with a disability, while 88% of our Canadian population knows one or more people living with one. A disability can be defined as any condition that prevents a person from fully participating in life. Disabilities can be apparent or non-apparent to others and they can develop at any time. Some are present at birth; others develop from an accident, illness, aging, or from reasons unknown.

Despite being such a large part of our communities, people living with disabilities unfortunately often experience discrimination due to a lack of education and awareness by the general public. Diverse Abilities strives to empower individuals living with disabilities, while also educating others on the best ways to assist, interact and communicate with them.

Find out why people living with disabilities do the things they do, and discover the tools and devices they use to live their most confident lives. Learn about common misconceptions, and help break down the social barriers that prevent many from participating fully in life. Our programs provide education and training that is delivered by people with lived experience around disability. Our goal is to create more accessible and inclusive communities, one presentation at a time.

Tools & DevicesI am walking on a log over a small stream. I am using my cane along one side of the log. This helps guide me to walk straight and keep my balance.

Diverse Abilities recognizes that no two people have the same skills, resources, opportunities or support systems. Follow us on our social media for more information to learn about tools and devices that can facilitate the lives of people whose abilities differ from the mainstream.




A group of people, some with apparent disabilities, 1 with a guide dog, 1 sitting down on their walker, 1 in a wheelchair, 1 with a walking stick, 1 with a prosthetic leg, and the others may or may not have apparent disabilties.

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Diverse Abilities respectfully acknowledges that we work on and within the ancestral, unsurrendered, and unceded lands of the Songhees, Esquimalt, and WSANEC Nations.