CRIP (Community.Resistance.Intimacy.Project.) is a collective based out of Toronto using arts and education to facilitate connections within the disabled community.
Kate Welsh, creator
Kate Welsh BA, M.Ed is a counsellor, activist and educator. She lives with visible and invisible episodic disabilities. Kate’s activism and art explore ways in which to not just change policy but make lives better now by creating consumable art that tackles hard to talk about topics such as chronic illness. Kate has been facilitating workshops for 8+ years on topics such as sexual health and disability, LGBTQ leadership, wellness tools, art and disability and enhancing accessibility. She currently works at U of T running wellness based programs as well as running a disability initiative called Equity Buttons. For more information check out www.katewelsh.ca/workshops/ and www.equitybuttons.com/
Mari Ramsawakh is a digital marketer, writer, workshop facilitator, and podcaster. Their work focuses on social equity and inclusion. They have written for Xtra, Leafly, Nuance, and other publications. Their fiction has been published in the Hart House Review, and they will be included in an upcoming anthology from Spacing Magazine called Toronto 2033. Mari is also co-host and producer of a podcast called Sick Sad World. They have also spoken at Playground Conference and Make Change Conference. Mari’s work is focused on increasing representation for racialized, queer, and disabled people in modelling, in journalism, and in other forms of media. They joined CRIP when they created the Unpacking Ableism workshop alongside Kate Welsh and Jayde Hinds. Their goal in working with the collective is to create spaces for disabled IBPOC to create and celebrate their identities.
Jayde has an educational background in police foundations, and is very passionate about safety, equality, acceptance and human rights in the LGBTQ+ community. Jayde has experienced the contents of this workshop personally and has the knowledge to be a supportive person. Jayde also has an inside understanding of disability and mental health and can guide people through this experience.while, helping others to feel comfortable going through the process. Jayde has worked with disabled children, youth, and adults within school,community centre settings and through personal care. Jayde’s work and personal life is centred around diversity within cultures, sexual orientation, and racial identity. Mental health, disabilities, and trauma awareness is her calling. Jayde believes all of humanity should be treated with dignity, respect, and the right to choose and to be accepted in all areas of life. She always says “Let’s all strive towards inclusion, banning separation, and eliminate oppression”.