Youth Exchange: Disability and Social Justice

Youth Exchange: Disability and Social Justice

A Salmon Arm Secondary grad will be one of the speakers at a youth-led webinar for the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) on December 2.

Maggie Manning

Maggie Manning, who graduated from Salmon Arm Secondary, is an advocate for accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities stemming from her lived experience as a person living with a physical mobility disability and chronic illness. On top of this, Maggie is a student at Thompson Rivers University pursuing a dual-credential Bachelor of Health Science and Diploma in Respiratory Therapy.

While in school, Maggie participates in elite para-sports, and helps to raise awareness and increase involvement of youth in adaptive sports. Arising from her work as an advocate for disability rights, Maggie has been recognized with the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award for her efforts. She now serves on the International Disability Alliance Youth Caucus in attempt to initiate global change. Maggie’s ultimate goal is to share her story with others to help create universal understanding and acceptance of people with disabilities.

The webinar Maggie is part of is aimed at students in grades 6-12. Students are being invited to join Maggie and other members of the Rick Hansen Foundation’s Youth Leadership Committee as they discuss topics such as social justice and the social model of disability. The International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) is celebrated annually to promote an understanding of disability issues and to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life. Teachers can also sign up their classes to watch this/participate in this webinar. Registration information is available here: