Leaders in Training


reachAbilitiy’s LIT program is designed to help participants develop the skills and confidence needed to build relationships and increase the effectiveness of initiatives used to work with people with disabilities through workshops in areas such as recreation, disability awareness and non-violent communication. We developed LIT to reflect what Camp reachAbility staff said would make them even better leaders. It’s a great opportunity for people to get grounded in new ways to approach working with people of all abilities. LIT 2014 runs from February to May.

LIT is about making a difference:


Nonviolent Crisis Intervention with Liraz Rahinshtein

LIT March 28Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) focuses on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior and safely removing staff and others from a potentially dangerous situation.

We’ll learn:

Friday, March 28th, 2014 12:00-4:00 p.m.

3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201

For more information or to RSVP: manda@reachability.org (902) 429-5878



Play for Purpose – Why play is an important learning tool for developing skills, self-awareness and community

Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4-6 p.m.

Join us at reachAbility Association for a chance to learn about (and play around with!) the importance of recreation. This is the first in a series of six workshops for Leaders in Training (LIT), getting you excited about and prepared for work with people of all abilities.3845 Joseph Howe Road, Suite 201

We will also be providing more information about how you can work with Camp reachAbility this summer, so bring a friend!

Non-Violent Communication with Casey Vaasjo

Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1-5 p.m.

3845 Joseph Howe Drive, Suite 201

For more information or to RSVP, contact Manda at (902) 429-5878, or manda@reachability.org

Do you ever feel stuck when conflict arises? Want to communicate in a way that promotes connection? Want to feel confident exploring contrasting perspectives with understanding and grace?

The tools of Non-Violent Communication help us transform situations where we feel uncomfortable, angry, upset, or afraid, into opportunities for satisfaction, growth, and connection. We can practice empowered self-expression and conflict resolution that is direct and compassionate. By shifting out of a mindset based on what is ‘wrong’ to a perspective of meeting needs, we can find mutual resolution much quicker and easier. In this workshop we’ll learn to:

We will gain confidence in conflict resolution by turning that uncomfortable, ‘stuck’ feeling in to a framework for change that focuses on meeting needs, and leaves both parties feeling accepted and respected! Make communication feel easier using this relatively simple, yet profoundly different framework.


About Casey: Upon completing her BMus at Acadia, facilitator Casey Vaasjo began her work in mindfulness, community-building, and personal growth as a curriculum design intern for the New Earth Institute. Casey’s passions are integrative combining travel, farming, music, health, craft, and healing. She has been studying the Non-Violent Communication model for the past two years and has shared her work with empathic communication at the Second Story Women’s Centre, the Tatamagouche Free School, various organizations of Dalhousie University, as well as in private sessions. Casey hosts weekly empathy practice groups and is pursuing graduate education in counselling. She is available as a workshop facilitator, conflict mediator, and private or couples counsellor.


The Leaders in Training (LIT) program was implemented at Camp reachAbility in the summer of 2011. The objective of the program was to provide individuals with disabilities an opportunity to build leadership skills while enjoying a traditional camp experience. The program was designed to empower individuals by providing both life and leadership skills, subsequently equalizing the employment field. To propel this initiative, Camp

reachAbility offered employment as a junior counselor to those campers whose leadership skills proved exceptional during training week. These campers returned for one week during the summer season to fulfill their roles as junior counselors, providing support and encouragement to both campers and staff.