Access to Housing Choice Series

July 9, July 16 & July 23 (1:00pm – 4:00pm MST)

Come join us and take action …

This 3-part virtual workshop series has been developed to bring more awareness to the fundamental lack of access to housing options available to people with disabilities. Taking a “first person” perspective, led by disability and human rights advocates Roxanne Ulanicki, Michelle Bissell, Donna Bulger, Nadine Chalifoux and Shima Robinson, these sessions will highlight the importance of finding rights based solutions to housing for each of us.

We are pleased to work in partnership with Voice of Albertans with Disabilities, the John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights, and the Affordable Housing Solutions Lab.

Who can attend?

Invite details for our Access to Housing Choice Series

Each Session Builds to the Next (to taking action)

so we ask that you attend all 3 consecutive sessions from

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (MST) on July 9, 16 and 23 (on Zoom Webinar)

*Anyone interested but unable to attend July 9 will be able to watch a recording of the session and are welcome to join us on July 16.

Workshop Principles

All attendees taking part in Access to Housing Choice Series are asked to uphold our Core Principles throughout:

Session 1
Disability Awareness

July 9
1 pm – 4 pm MST

Starting with an introduction to the series by Nadine Chalifoux and Shima Robinson, Roxanne Ulanicki and Michelle Bissell (Voice of Albertans with Disabilities) co-host this disability awareness presentation with the aim to “…educate towards acceptance & understanding, while promoting concepts of full inclusion & participation” through first-person perspectives.

Workshop Description
Workshop Poster

Key Topics: definition of disability, disability & human rights, attitudes & barriers faced, myths & misconceptions of disability.

Supplementary Resources:
Peggy McIntosh. “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1989)” and “Some Notes for Facilitators”
/ TEDx Talk

Session 2
First Person

July 16

1 pm – 4 pm MST

Roxanne Ulanicki and Donna Bulger guide a conversation with five speakers who will share their lived experiences with the barriers to housing choices.

Key Topics: awareness of the lack of appropriate housing options & a more meaningful understanding of the impacts of current housing gaps & lack of availability for individuals with disabilities.

Session 3
Putting Knowledge

into Action
July 23

1 pm – 4 pm MST

Cumulating from what we have learned (and ‘un’learned) in the 2 sessions prior, and informed by Radical Inclusion’s Report on the Status of People living with Disability in Alberta attendees will have the opportunity to co-create actions. This session will be facilitated by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights.

Details to follow – Invitations will be emailed to participants who attended both
Session 1 (July 9) & Session 2 (July 16)