Shelley DeCoste

Given a Chance to Shine

Given a Chance to Shine “Sometimes we have to prove a little extra” Shelley DeCoste is a motivational speaker and leader of the Divesability campaign. Here she shares a story about about living with cerebral palsy, employment and life lessons.

My job as an Employment Trainer

Hi, my name is Shelley De Coste and I live in Kelowna, BC.  I’m a Self Advocate Liaison for Pathways Association.  Self Advocacy is about speaking up for yourself and being more involved in daily decision making.  I run Self Advocacy meetings where we talk about rights and responsibilities.  I teach people with diverse abilities to take charge of their life and their supports. Support staff are there to help

Dear Service Providers,

I am writing to you because I have been doing a bit of observation in the community on how people with diverse abilities are being supported by their support workers. Now I do understand that it can be a hard job, at times, but I feel that while the worker is supporting the person with disabilities, they should follow that person’s lead and not take over. This is not a

Advocating with Compassion: Supporting People around Personal Supports

I have found that, in my work as an advocate, some of the life issues I support people around are very tricky. Now some issues are straightforward but others can be very serious and challenging. Some topics are quite obvious and others are downright sensitive and personal. The reason why I love the work I do is that, regardless of the issue, it never plays out the same way twice.

INcommon.tv: One Story at a Time

Shelley Dacoste is a self advocate who is leading a campaign to change the word “disability” to “diversability”. Here she writes about her experience presenting at INcommon.tv’s Interconnected – an evening of live storytelling on March 6, 2014. The evening of March 6th was hosted at the Roundhouse Yaletown, Vancouver. It was different to be on a stage setting with cameras and lights. It wasn’t a typical interview. I told

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