SHELLEY DE COSTE is a well-known leader in the Self Advocacy Movement. She started the DIVERSABILITY campaign in 2012 and now has followers across BC. Shelley says, “If you break down the word DISabled, you get not able. If you break down DIVERSABILITY, you get different, but able. To create a better understanding we can begin with something as simple as changing our language.”

Shelley is an inspirational speaker and trainer and is available to present the following 1 hour workshops:

Turning DISability into DIVERSABLITY

In this presentation you will learn about:

  • Self advocacy
  • The power of language
  • How changing the way we talk can create inclusive communities

Promoting Inclusive Employment

In this presentation you will learn about:

  • The importance of inclusive employment for one’s quality of life
  • The abilities and contributions of people with diverse abilities
  • Customized employment
  • The principles of respectful employment support for people with diverse abilities
  • What valued, meaningful employment looks and feels like for people with diverse abilities


Shelley’s fee is a minimum $100/hour plus travel expenses.  To inquire about or hire Shelley contact CLBC Self Advocate Advisor, Jessica Humphrey, or 778-679-2691

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