Below you will read some testimonials of my speaking ability many thanks to those who provided these
Laura Forde has been a guest speaker at several workshops and sessions that I have hosted. She is eloquent, forthright and honest as she talks about living as a person with a disability. She has helped to open many hearts and many minds through
her powerful stories. She tells these stories with passion and, at times, humour. I hope that other opportunities will present themselves where I can invite Laura to speak again. She is truly inspirational. – Deepa Ahluwalia Equity and Inclusion Officer
Waterloo Region District School Board
I had approached Laura to speak to a group of special education teachers who were going to visit the college a couple of years ago. I asked Laura to speak from her perspective as a student and what worked and what didn’t work for her in terms of contributing to her success as a post-secondary student.
Laura was clear and articulate in identifying the supports and obstacles that she encountered. Laura has a voice and is comfortable advocating for herself. Laura has a good sense of humor and this infused her talk. Laura was interested in teaching others how doing it differently could work (using Dragon to meet her keyboarding requirements).
Laura was comfortable sharing her experiences and was informative and entertaining also. -Betty Morsink, Disability Services, Conestoga College, Polytechnic, Kitchener Ontario
Laura traveled to Ottawa to participate in our school’s Disability Awareness Week as a guest speaker. She held the students’ attention by providing an honest account of her experiences as a person with a disability, helping students to better understand the unique barriers that must be overcome by those who are, as Laura says, “differently abled”. Laura arrived prepared to speak, but was also willing and able to adapt her message to suit her audience and allowed student questions to guide discussion. -Amy Heximer, Teacher, St. Pius X Catholic High School, Ottawa Ontario
For the past two years Laura has spoken to our Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Students at Conestoga College when they were studying Cerebral Palsy. Through her wit and charm she brought the realities of living as a differently abled person to life in a way that no amount of research or classroom learning could. Her ability to connect with an audience was made abundantly clear by the fact that she was able to keep 30 college students enthralled and engaged for over an hour at the end of a busy day at the end of a busy semester. We hope that Laura’s speaking schedule will continue to have room for us in years to come! - Jane Lindsay, PT Coordinator OTA&PTA Program Conestoga College Polytechnic, Kitchener Ontario