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CE Workshop | Creating Welcoming Spaces for Folks with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

May 25, 2021, 12pm ET


About This Workshop

Discover how to cultivate an environment of compassion where people of all abilities are seen, heard, and validated. Presenter Mary Medellin Sims discusses her nonprofit, Guided by Humanity, and provides tools to better support folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Understand the barriers to access and become familiar with appropriate language, acknowledging trauma within the disability community, leaning into non-attachment while teaching, and adapting to varying physical disabilities.

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About the Presenter

Mary Medellin Sims is the Founder and Executive Director of Guided by Humanity and an E-RYT 500. She is deeply passionate and committed to health equity and believes that ALL human beings deserve equitable access to health. Mary has two decades of experience serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in various capacities from advocacy to direct care. With her passion and service in mind, Guided by Humanity was formed in 2017. She is also serving on the Board of Directors for ‘Accessible Yoga’, ‘Sana Yoga,’ and ‘The Wayfaring Band.’ She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Midwestern State University, is an RYT 500, a Grief Support Yoga Therapist, and Certified Nursing Assistant. Additionally, Mary has trainings in Adaptive Yoga, Accessible Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Mindfulness, Restorative Yoga, and Yin Yoga.


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