About Alyson Seale, M.Ed.
Associate Professor, Disability Advocate, Researcher, Educator, Speaker
Alyson has dedicated more than 30 years of her life to the field of disability. She holds a Master's Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies and has built a distinguished career in disability studies and inclusion. She currently serves as an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada.
Alyson is passionate about speaking on anti-ableism, disability rights, and disability in the realm of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Her research and speaking focus on promoting social justice for people with disabilities.
Alyson is a charismatic speaker, consultant, and advocate. She has served on several Equity Diversity and Inclusion committees at the university and at the city. In 2019, she presented at TEDx on Purposeful Steps Away from Ableism, highlighting the importance of using inclusive language and the harmful impacts of ableism.
Throughout her career, Alyson has been an active community leader, keynoting workshops, and consulting for numerous organizations. Her expertise in disability advocacy has made her a sought-after speaker and consultant. Alyson is committed to creating a world where people with disabilities can thrive, and she continues to work tirelessly towards that goal.
When not working, Alyson enjoys living in a cabin on a lake with her husband, where they enjoy walks with their crabby cat, kayaking, and evenings at the fire pit.
This video clip is a 17-minute recording of Alyson's presentation "Purposeful Steps Away from Ableism" at TEDx in Chilliwack BC in April 2019.
What is Evolving Allies?
Welcome to Evolving Allies, a space dedicated to empowering disability allies to learn and grow in their understanding of disability and society from a critical theory perspective. Our goal is to provide a platform for individuals to deepen their knowledge of disability and its intersections with social justice, power, systemic, interpersonal, and internalized ableism.
At Evolving Allies, we believe that creating a world where people with disabilities can thrive requires more than just good intentions. It requires a deep understanding of the systemic barriers and discrimination that people with disabilities face daily. We are passionate about educating individuals on these issues and providing practical strategies and resources for combating ableism and promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion for people with disabilities.
Our content is designed for individuals in a variety of settings, including corporate and government entities, non-profits, large institutions, schools, and everything in between. People with disabilities are everywhere - and so is ableism. We strive to provide a safe space where allies can share their experiences, learn from one another, and grow in their knowledge and understanding of disability.
Whether you are an individual looking to increase your knowledge of disability, or an organization seeking to create a more inclusive environment, we invite you to join us in our mission to create a more equitable and inclusive world for everyone.