Enables Me Is Turning One!

Birthday cake

Can’t believe it’s been a year already! Be sure to come out and celebrate with us!

To celebrate our one-year birthday of Enables Me, we will host a party at the 519 Community Centre. We will also kick off a speaker series called Enables Me Live! bringing the question, “What enables individuals with accessibility needs?” to a live audience. This is an opportunity for us to listen and converse about the experiences, stories and news on how the arts, fashion, people, technology, travel, and work are enabling individuals with accessibility needs; and a way to share the many perspectives and new insight.

The 519 Community Centre is fully accessible and refreshments will be served.

The event will be emceed by CJRU Access Files radio host, Mitch Stark.

Party Breakdown!

6:00-6:30 PM — Registration and Mingling

6:30-7:15 PM — Speaker Presentations

7:15-8:00 PM — Moderated Panel and Q&A

8:00-9:00 PM — Socialize!


Mauricio Meza

Mauricio Meza is co-founder and CEO of Komodo OpenLab, a certified B Corporation that develops technologies that enable simple and easy access to mainstream technology for millions of people with mobility impairments. Mauricio has a background on Biomedical Engineering and worked for almost a decade as an Assistive Technology Consultant at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute recommending and supporting assistive technologies for people with disabilities prior to completing his MBA degree at Ryerson University.

Torrance Ho

Torrance Ho is a co-founder of Equal Grounds, editor and writer for Enables Me, Power Hockey athlete with the Toronto Power Wheelchair Hockey League (TPWHL), supporter of parasports and accessibility ambassador.

Donald Barrie

Donald Barrie is a published writer, blogger and editor, web designer, Diamond Jubilee Medalist and aspiring podcaster/voiceover guy. His personal interests include faith, movies, music, reading, writing, chocolate, a good laugh and socializing.

Pooja Viswanathan
Photo by: Martin Dee, University Photographer, Public Affairs, UBC

Pooja Viswanathan is co-founder and CEO of a new startup, Braze Mobility Inc., which builds innovative technologies to increase safety and independence of individuals with mobility impairment. She has a Ph.D. in robotics and has been conducting research on ‘smart’ wheelchairs for a decade. She is also a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto and Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and holds fellowships from AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence and the Ontario Brain Institute.

I am passionate about people and focused on developing meaningful opportunities for people with accessibility needs through social entrepreneurial initiatives in journalism, consulting, and arts. As a TED talks junkie, I would love to hear your story and ideas. Reach out and connect with me!


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