Around The Fire

Welcome!

A fire inside a crystal ball. Text: “Around The Fire” & “BIDWKB”

In May of 2022, Lorraine and I teamed up with Kim Brown (from the  Burn It Down With Kim Brown show) to start a support group for Kim and members of her audience who are disabled.

Kim opened up to me about her experiences with support groups and even professional therapists. They all lacked elements of safety for her, a Black woman.

If you don’t feel safe, you can not share what’s going on. As she was explaining her difficulties, other people chimed in with like experiences. Those groups didn’t even think about Indigenous Peoples nor Brown People.

I felt so moved by Kim’s honesty and everyone’s bravery. So I proposed an idea: “Would we like to try a peer-led support group? We say where we want to go, and we set the pace.”

I made a promise to Kim that, first and foremost, ATF will be a safe space for Black women to participate.

Since our first sesh in May, we have been receiving all kinds of positive feedback!

If you are a person living with disabilities, a caregiver, or a family member of a person with disabilities, we welcome you.

If you are curious to learn more about fighting ableism, we welcome you.


🔥 Around The Fire 🔥

Support Seshes!

We are a peer support group who share our lived experiences around many types of disability. We strive to promote community health and development by connecting people, ideas, and resources.

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The wheel says,  “Make it accesible or burn it down.”

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While here we ask that you remember:

1. We are a multi-generational and very diverse group. Please be brave enough to ask questions if you don’t understand something.

2. We are not qualified to diagnose any condition, nor should we suggest you alter any treatments that a medical doctor or psychiatrist prescribes.


3. Please respect the person who is speaking.

You can use:

— response emojis

— chat

— “raise hand” to indicate that you have a comment or response

(If you need any special accommodations, like closed captions, please let us know!)


A picture of a bonfire on a beach. 

Text on picture:

February 2023 Zoom Schedule 

Around The Fire Disability Support Seshes

Sunday, 12 Feb - Caregiver's 
Monday, 13 Feb - Main Group
February 2023 Zoom Schedule

We usually start with a structured topic for 2 hours, where we can share our stories and the information we’ve learned along the way.

Some people need more time to express themselves.. we are trying to accommodate everyone as much as possible. To this end, we are now offering additional time after the main group, an Encore run by Abby (one of our facilitators).

In an effort to de-stigmatize mental health, we encourage discussion about trauma, but please remember that none of us are professional therapists.

Lastly, please ask a fellow member if they would like any direct advice.

Together, let’s make this a safe space with respect and dignity for all.

Love,

Anna, Kim, Lorraine, & Abby

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