Disability Sensitivity & Waking Up
For far too long, those of us with physical challenges have been denied an equal seat at the table of life. Join us as we illuminate this blind-spot. We will explore things like the design of the physical world and assistive devices, as well as ableism and the social model of disability. As a person who's lived seventeen years with paraplegia after a spinal cord injury, Misha is well attuned to the culture's need for reform and re-design. She will share a glimpse into her world, which will include the devices and methods she uses, how the injury is not merely a hardship, but is and always has been her alignment. Embodiment and wholeness are equal-access territories for each of us, and we will be stretching the boundaries together to include more of what her injury allowed her to know—we are unbreakable.
Misha Montoya Bio
Misha is a para-athlete who hails from the Yosemite area. She is a mother and adventure lover who is passionate about reforming the current relationship that our culture has with relating to those with physical challenges. She has traveled the world numerous times to deepen her spiritual practices and works on charitable activities with the MA Math based in Kerala, India. She is now a returning student studying to become a Rehabilitation Psychologist. Through this work, she intends to share tools with newly disabled people, as well as to educate able-bodied people in order to bridge the chasm that too often divides us from authentic relating.