Creating Services and Spaces for Trans People with Disabilities
Trans, two-spirit, gender-non-binary and gender-nonconforming people with disabilities (mental health, physical, intellectual, social, and sensory) are often inadequately supported in service settings and rendered invisible. This is often due to multiple forms of systemic oppression including transphobia and ableism. This training explores the needs of clients who hold intersecting identities connected to gender identity and disability and will work with participants to develop concrete strategies to support the creation of affirmative and accessible spaces and services. Structural barriers that impede this work will be discussed and tools to address some of these barriers will be collectively shared. Client-centered approaches will be explored as well as program models, specifically the work of Griffin Centre’s reachOUT program. Drawing on diverse examples from the past decade, participants will hear about what has been successful and where we have encountered difficulties, and learn how to transfer and adapt this important knowledge.