Medical settings can have great potential to heal, and frightening potential to cause harm. The dynamics of social devaluation, negative role casting and societal unconsciousness leave vulnerable people at grave risk of receiving poor, inadequate, or no health care; meaning strong advocacy and informed support are necessary to protect and safeguard people’s health and even their very lives. In this workshop taught by Genia Stephen, consultant, podcast host, and founder of Good Things of Life, participants will gain a deeper appreciation for the vulnerability people with disabilities face in medical settings, consider their role and duty to keep vulnerable people safe, and learn and develop practical strategies for doing so.
As a mother of a child with medical impairments, a midwife, and medical advocate, Genia Stephen has spent decades understanding, studying and practicing medical safeguards from an SRV perspective and lending her experience and knowledge to assist families and support workers to develop a high level pf consciousness and practical skills that will keep people safe, healthy and thriving in medical settings, and in all aspects of life. She lives in Ontario Canada and is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Evidence-Based Health Care at the University of Oxford.