Advocacy For Disabilities
Are You A Positive Rebel?
Michael has always believed in and practiced being a self-advocacy since learning he had Cerebral Palsy and was labelled by society as disabled. During the mid 80's Michael became impatient with implementing the traditional practices of self-advocacy and decided to try a new and different approach to advocate for himself.
His approach to implementing the philosophies, strategies, and practices of entrepreneurialism. Since initiating the actions of being an entrepreneur thirty-four years ago, Michael has been able to liberate himself from barriers, obstacles, and challenges constructed by society's limiting and prohibiting thinking. While at the same time, being an entrepreneur has helped Michael to increased his abilities too:
1) Increase his effectiveness in being a self-advocate.
2) Use self-determination as a vehicle to pursue his desired life-long
goals and dreams.
3) Promote the enhancing acts of inclusion within his life while at the same
time eliminating acts of exclusion.
4) Created community connections that have to lead personal happiness
and professional career opportunities.
Customizing A Presentation Just For Your Audience.
Michael would love to build you a presentation that teaches and demonstrates to your audience members why entrepreneurialism can be used as an alternative self-advocating strategy. Please feel free to ask Michael to incorporate two or three of the following four sub-topics into your presentation.
Combining the Positive Rebel's frame of mind and entrepreneurialism to
enact a new way of advocating for yourself.
Using entrepreneurialism to liberate yourself from society’s prohibiting old
myths, poor attitudes, discrimination, and lack of awareness caused from
Rising above social and economic oppression using entrepreneurialism and
Changing people's perspectives and perceptions using a combination of
leadership and first example cultivate inclusion.
Increasing our productivity and ability using an entrepreneurial time system
rather than in results time system.
Creating and maintaining a personal community connection through the
action building dignified relationships with other business people.
Cathleen Lyle Murray had a severe form of Cerebral Palsy and her family established this award in her memory. The specific purpose of this award is to recognize outstanding individuals in non-medical professions on the basis of their impact on society through their humanitarian
efforts to enhance the lives of persons with disabilities.
Michael received the prestigious Cathleen Lyle Murray Foundation award from the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Development Medicine in September 2014.
Michael is one of only non-American to ever receive this award over the past 74 years.
Michael's More Memorable Keynote Speeches.
One the ways he has educated and inspired society to change, is by delivering
keynote address at conference and special events:
- American Division on Career Development.
(American International Conference)
- Association of People Supporting Employment.
(B.C. Provincial Conference)
- American Academy for Cerebral Palsy & Development Medicine. (American National Conference)
- Ontario Disability Employment Network. (Ontario Provincial Conference)
- Power of Connection Conference. (Georgia State Conference)
- Canadian Association For Supported Employment.
(Canadian National Conference)
Articles & Publications
During the past thirty fours years while Michael has been using
entrepreneurialism to advocate for himself, build a professional speaking business, and become an author. Below are some articles and magazines published about him over the years.
Click below to read downloaded PDF's.