Posted by Lee Ann Searight, Rotary International on May 30, 2021
Thanks to those of you who attended Rotary International's May 27 webinar, Building a Welcoming Community for People with Disabilities. We hope you enjoyed our event. The webinar video is available in English, with closed captions.

To watch the 55-minute video, click here. Please feel free to share this link with others. (We experienced a set of technical issues, which prevented us from providing simultaneous interpretation for this webinar. We apologize for this inconvenience.

Stay in touch with our amazing panel (shown alphabetically, by last name) via LinkedIn:

Dr. Maria de Mello, PhD, OT, assistive-technology specialist in jade autistic-spectrum disorder, United Arab Emirates.

Jeremy Opperman, owner of Jeremy Opperman & Associates, South Africa.
Mark Wafer, MSC, OMC, disability-rights advocate, Canada.





Often, there are multiple barriers that make it extremely difficult - or even impossible - for people with disabilities to participate fully in our communities. To learn more on the seven most common barrier plus additional strategies for addressing them, click here.

“There is no thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single issue lives,” said  the late Audre Lorde, a self-described “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet
." To learn more on intersectional identities of eight influential Black women with disabilitiesclick here.

Since so many of us are still meeting online, something we can do immediately is enable live transcriptions in English (closed captions). For instructions on how to do this with Zoomclick here.

One great resource we have within the Rotary family is the Rotary Disabilities Advisers Group, made up of people around the world who share a passion for disability rights and a goal to encourage Rotary to be more welcoming to people with disabilities. The group's focus is on accessibility, awareness, inclusion, and support.

The group meets every other Monday at 9:00 a.m. (ET), with the next meeting on June 7. If you would like to join the group, contact Ken Masson, of District 7910's Rotary Club of Merrimack Valley, at

Learn more - and to submit your questions or comments, contact Lee Ann Searight, RI's membership-resources specialist, at



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