Author Archives: StartWithHi

Autumn inspirations

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It’s been a real pleasure this summer, sharing our stories of the self-advocates who work so hard to promote inclusion and diversity with Start With Hi. As we move into Fall, new challenges and inspirations will present themselves. Together, we will make big changes happen by starting with simple acts. A Hi can open doors […]

Summer holiday fun and accessibility

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This vacation season, we’re asking questions about accessibility. A family outing to a sunny festival ground, or a short trip in the car is pretty standard at this time of year, but what does it mean when someone you care about needs to access events in a special way? When you go to an outdoor […]

About Self-Advocates: Manjeet

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This month, we’re looking at why we started Start with Hi, and some of the people without whom all of our efforts would be impossible. Manjeet is a self-advocate who cares about making her world a more inclusive place. She sits on the board of the Semiahmoo House Society and works hard to make others […]

About Self-Advocates: Emily

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This month, we’re looking at why we started Start with Hi, and some of the people without whom all of our efforts would be impossible. Emily is all about those small changes in your neighbourhood that make a huge difference. For her, starting with Hi means making more of an effort to reach out to […]

About Self-Advocates: Amy

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This month, we’re looking at some of the people who have helped inspire the Start with Hi movement. Amy is one of them. Amy is a self-advocate who “walks the talk,” greeting and welcoming people at every turn. She loves to encourage and congratulate others because she knows how good it feels. Amy is an […]

About Self-Advocates: TracyJo

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This month, we’re looking at why we started Start with Hi, and some of the people without whom all of our efforts would be impossible. TracyJo is a self-advocate who cares about finding things we have in common, instead of focusing on what makes each of us different. She knows that making and maintaining connections […]

About Self-Advocates: Cliff

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This month, we’re looking at why we started Start with Hi, and some of the people without whom all of our efforts would be impossible. Cliff is a self-advocate who cares about making everyday activities simple for anyone. He loves taking the bus wherever he goes, and over time he’s come to know the bus […]

What is a self-advocate?

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As we take some time to look at what Start with Hi is really all about, we want to highlight some of the inspiring and powerful people who joined us. First and foremost are the self-advocates who work with Start with Hi. Some of you might have seen self-advocates in our videos, on television and […]

Why share a hi?

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Welcome to the first week of June! Everyone around us seems to have a spring in their step as summer approaches. We want to take a moment to say a personal thank you to everyone reading this blog and to reinforce how important Start With Hi is to our community. When we started, we never […]

Manjeet talks to Global News about Start with Hi

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One of our self-advocates, Manjeet, appeared on Global TV to talk about Start With Hi and the importance of community. Manjeet tells us about feeling acknowledged and included, and how important a simple gesture is to everyone.