When Julie joined our class...
“After we heard Julie’s presentation, we talked as a class about what it would be like at their farms if someone suddenly required the use of a wheelchair. I asked the students to go around their yard, barns and shops and take photos. What they brought back to the class and the discussion that followed was incredible; and that is where the problem solving began. I will incorporate accessibility awareness in my agriculture technology courses from now on.”
Jeff, F.E. Madill Secondary School, Construction Technology Teacher
"Julie Sawchuk did a presentation to my grades 11 & 12 Construction Technology class on the topic of accessibility in residential construction. She blended her own experiences with accessibility challenges with her excellent teaching skills to deliver an interesting and thought provoking presentation. She took us on a tour of her home, showing how it was designed for her disability and discussed some of the difficulties that can arise when building an accessible home. Students were engaged, and in a follow up discussion told me they had a better understanding of the limitations that someone with a disability can face and some possible solutions for accessible building design.
Covid-19 made and in-person visit impossible so we opted for a virtual presentation instead, which turned out to be an excellent choice. We could be with her in her home without any of the problems of having a large group of people in a small space.
I highly recommend Julie Sawchuk as a guest presenter to your students on the topic of accessibility.”
Marcel, Listowel District Secondary School, Head of Tech Studies
“Julie is very professional and knowledgeable. Her story is very relatable and students made connections with the information that she shared. She is passionate about accessibility and the importance of providing information to others. I very much enjoyed your presentation, as did my class!”
Emma, Teacher, Grand Erie District School Board