Did you know that, according to the World Health Organization, that 15% of the world’s population live with a disability?

I don’t know about you, but I live with some serious {dis}Abilities and attending a brick and mortar club is sometimes not possible because of my health or physical limitations.

I think I was extremely lucky to have rolled through the doors of Cambridge Toastmasters ( club 2728) and found a room full of people who were accepting and willing to adjust their norms, just slightly, so that I could become a member of their club. The changes weren’t huge, but they made all the difference in the world to me!

Now picture a world that is soundless, a world that is dark, a world in which you have no voice, or a world where pictograms are your only form of communication! Does Toastmasters have a place for people like this?? The answer is now…. YES!!

With the support of Toastmasters International, a TI Past President, 2 Sponsors (both from District 86), and 2 club mentors, we are working towards an open and supportive online club for people who might need extra time, need interpreters, may not speak the way you or I do, and anyone else interested in this club. A special thanks goes out to Jennifer Aucoin for developing and nurturing this concept and turning into a reality!

My call to action for you District 86, is to think about your loved ones, your friends, and other people who have touched your life who might benefit from being a Toastmaster or who may benefit from a club that is trying to meet their needs.

Ralph Smedley said: “Ours is the only organization I know dedicated to the individual, we work together to bring out the best in each of us and then we apply these skills to help others.”

Survivors and Self-Advocates Toastmasters inaugural meeting as we work to found this new club is:

Thursday March 14th at 11:30 am EST.
The meeting begins at 12pm EDT (-4 GMT).

Please arrive early so we can help you overcome technical issues and get everyone settled in :)

You can find us at:

https://zoom.us/j/140489600

Have any Questions?? Contact cj_dodger@hotmail.com

CJ Janzen
Pathways EC5, PM5, IP1, Pathways Mentor

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