Illustration by Sasha Matbon of a diverse group of disabled folks.
Live Educate Transform Society (LET’S) is an organization created for people with disabilities by disabled people. Our founder and Executive Director is disabled and neurodivergent. Our first board was comprised of people from a chronic pain support group. 17 years later and the majority of our board remains people who self-identify as having a disability. Our members have many intersecting identities and LET’S recognizes and centers this in the work that we do. Please check out our other pages to read about our clients, our story, and our projects.
“I am so grateful to have witnessed the work of [Live Educate Transform Society] – it is an incredibly necessary organization that is transforming the way we think about accessibility and disability justice in Vancouver and beyond. Every business, organization and community can benefit from the important work they are doing to change systems, communities and organizational culture. CAN’s work serves to eliminate barriers to access in a way that is approachable, inclusive and sustainable. I have had the pleasure of working directly with Heather to bring some visionary projects to life and am constantly inspired by their patience, wisdom, integrity and passion for this important work.”
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LET’S was founded to address issues with transit accessibility and gatekeeping by drivers (drivers denying access to accessible ramps). When we were able to find a resolution to that issue, we were flooded with accessibility issues from residents in Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows. As we addressed these issues, we became more well known throughout Metro Vancouver. LET’S started presenting to city councils throughout Metro Vancouver and participating in conferences.
Following the first years of growth, LET’S continued to increase our reach and enhance our reputation and we started taking on projects throughout the province, including offering feedback to bus companies on Vancouver Island, the Interior, and Metro Vancouver. LET’S also worked with Justice Institute on their taxi driver programs and RideHailing driver training. Transportation issues were why we initially founded LET’S and remain a priority. Without accessible transportation, people are unable to access school, work, community, social and support systems, and medical professionals.
As LET’S interacted with more communities, we realized there was a lack of education about life with a disability. LET’S created and delivered workshops and presentations at conferences across the province. We have utilized our members’ lived experience to help shape and shift perception of people with disabilities.
In addition to educating businesses, organizations, and communities about life with a disability, CAN began to advocate on the behalf of individuals, communities, and groups. We started partnering with other organizations to work together to create palpable change through reports, policy, and community building.
Kickstart Disability Arts and Culture has worked with Heather and Creating Accessible Neighbourhoods on various accessibility and disability related projects and they are truly a valuable resource to both our organization and the greater community.Organizational Consulting Work
Illustration of group of disabled people enjoying the outdoors.
“What separates Heather from all others is how their passion translates into making a difference in the lives of so many others.“
– Mike PrescottOur Passion
People waving Pride flags.
“Working with Heather greatly improved our ability to provide detailed tips and strategies for service providers to ensure they are able to effectively provide universal access to all clients. ”
– Driver Education Centre, Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)Improving Services and Offerings