Meet Our Speaker

Marnie Courage
Marnie Courage
O.T. Reg. (MB)
CEO and Inclusion Specialist
Enabling Access Inc.

Speaking of Inclusive Design. Language Matters.

This presentation will educate participants on the power of language when used to discuss design, equipment and features of inclusive living with clients and colleagues. Marnie will expose how our words can create barriers to well-being, acceptance of innovative design concepts and limit project scope. Participants will be provided with guiding considerations for using words of dignity, and strength-based language to enable inclusive experiences and opportunities for clients, enhance brand and marketing messages, and influence others to use language that matters. 

BIO

Marnie Courage is the CEO and Inclusion Specialist at Enabling Access Inc. Practicing Occupational Therapy in Manitoba for more than 20 years and leading her team from Winnipeg, Canada, Marnie is a rehabilitation service provider, certified Life Care Planner and medical-legal expert in the areas of complex disabilities, neurodiversity and sensory regulation, catastrophic injuries, accessible housing, home modifications, and personal injury cost of future care. 

Marnie wrote and teaches Creating Inclusive Workplaces – Accessibility to Accommodation at the University of Winnipeg for HR PACE program and sits on the Government of Canada’s Accessibility Standards Canada – Outdoor Spaces Technical Committee.  Enabling Access Inc. conducts public space accessibility audits and provides consultation, working collaboratively with clients, Architects, and the disability community who are experienced in facing barriers.

 With an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California,  Marnie sits on the Canadian Home Builders’ Home Modification Council,  the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ Home Modification Task Force and is on the Technical Committee of the CSA’s Accessible Housing Standard.  Marnie is the founder of Aging in Place Manitoba, a home modification assessment and consultation division of Enabling Access Inc. to support people living with disabilities and those wanting to age in place.  Marnie continues to make positive local impacts and have global influence in the area of accessible and inclusive experiences.

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