Looking for a speaker who can connect with your group and provide them with actionable strategies?
Look no further than Alyson! Alyson is a seasoned speaker who specializes in keynotes and workshops on a range of topics. She understands that every group is unique, which is why she'll take the time to have a conversation with you to understand your specific needs and hot topics. From there, she'll custom-create a talk that will resonate with your audience and provide them with relevant strategies that they can follow up on right away.
Alyson speaks both virtually and live, making it easy for you to bring her to your event. To learn more about how you can ask Alyson to speak at your next event, click the button below.
Topics for Speaking Engagements
The following is a list of topics that Alyson is comfortable speaking to:
• Invisible Disabilitiesin the Workplace
• Anti-Ableist Practice
• Disability 101
• Universal Design in parctice
• Inclusive Workplaces
• Systemic Ableism: How to Identify and Combat Discrimination in the Workplace
• The Business Case for Disability-Inclusive Hiring and Retention Practices
• From Accommodation to Inclusion: Rethinking Disability at Work
• The Role of Allyship in Creating Disability-Inclusive Workplaces
• Disability-Inclusive Leadership
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.
Examples of Alyson's previous speaking engagements
Over the past 30 years Alyson has served countless audiences through speaking engagements in various capacities ranging from Keynote speaker, to workshop leader, trainer and also as a guest on virtual events such as TV interviews.
The following are examples of some of Alyson's most recent events:
Invisible Challenges - Visible Progress : Virtual Keynote
Inclusive Advising: Keynote
What's the Big IDEA (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access): Panel Facilitator
Seven Simple Strategies for Inclusive Recruiting: Workshop
Inclusive Advising: Workshop
Instutiutional Ableism in Post Secondary: Workshop
Hiring People with Disabilities Makes Good Business Sense: Keynote
Where are They Now / What happens to students once they leave the school system?: Workshop (3 part series)
Accessible Adivsing Website: Consultant
Library renovations: Consultant
About Alyson, M.Ed.
Alyson is a respected disability advocate, researcher, and educator who 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. Currently serving as an Associate Professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, 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. 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.
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.
Here is what people say about Alyson
I am delighted to write this review and recommendation for the public speaking of Professor Alyson Seale. I have watched many TED and TEDX talks in recent years and was very taken by Alyson’s work. Her style of delivery is very engaging, in no small way helped by her open body language. Her variety of talking to and talking with the audience is also a useful tool to give the audience a sense of involved learning.
As someone with a disability, someone in the academic community, and someone with experience of talking to various target audiences, I feel confident in saying that Alyson’s work hits every single target. I learned a lot from watching this talk, not just about ableism but on techniques of delivery and engagement. If asked, I would have no hesitation in recommending Alyson as a speaker to any group of people.
- Guy W. Stoker. MA, PGCE, BA (Hons.), Composer, Entertainer, Guest Speaker on Epilepsy & Sexuality, Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Thank you for your wonderful talk. Learned a lot, especially about ableism. I just arrived in Canada from India where the disabled are simply shut up at home or hidden away. Lots of potential for awareness regarding Ableism.
- Megan deSouza (Participant)
Honestly, we can use a lot of what you said in the classroom I work in. Changing the way assignments are presented is huge. I have a class with 3 children with ASD and 1child with ADHD. And I find assignments that are just a bunch of words are too hard to explain and break down. A lot of the time I will draw it out in a creative way.
- Carissa Clinton (Participant)
Thank you for your presentation today. It was very informative and interesting to listen to. I would like to educate myself more on the issues that people with disabilities face, as well as the barriers that may be present for them in the library.
- Christina Smith (Participant)
I do realize how hard it is to change and how a lot of words are part of the culture's common usage that I rarely questioned till now. I loved your presentation - learned a lot about ableism.
- Kathrine Li (Participant)
Alyson has provided many presentations over the past few years for the Educational Assistants of BC Society (EABCS) and Abbotsford School District. Alyson is a passionate ally for many communities and believes wholeheartedly the importance of advocating for others. She possesses strong communication and collaboration skills, staying curious and open to ideas on how best to develop strong presentations to suit the audience. It is always a pleasure to work with Alyson; she brings enthusiasm and kindness to every interaction!
- Connie Hampson (Event Planner)
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