Aerilyn Medina uses She/Her pronouns and is a Disability Advocate/Activist, Child and Youth Care Practitioner- CYW.Dip (Hons), Psychology B.A. (Hons) and will be pursuing her master’s degree in Critical Disabilities.
She has been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder in her teens, then Fibromyalgia in her early 20’s, and within in the last 7 years she was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, severe Sleep Apnea that impacts her cognition, PTSD, and Bipolar 2 Disorder. She also manages ADHD and a learning disability where her motor and visual centres don’t communicate with each other, and uses assistive technology to meet her access needs.
Aerilyn has volunteered and worked in a Disability support office, was on safety, diversity and inclusion, and policy committees. She mentored and facilitated leadership groups with various youth groups, was a Mentor with the Ascend Network, was featured on the documentary My Missed Diagnosis currently in post-production found at https://www.farpointfilms.com/my-misdiagnosis, and a guest blogger for the UK’s National Ankylosing Spondylitis Society (NASS) One. She is very passionate about disability rights and awareness, and believes that lived experiences matter regardless of diagnosis. She wants to create more inclusive spaces that recognize intersectionality and prioritize autonomy.
Juan is Aerilyn’s husband and partner at OARCID Services. His pronouns are He/Him. He has an Associates in Computer Network Systems and a B.A. in Project Management Administration. He focuses on ensuring all of the technology and finances are in order for OARCID Services and helps facilitate some of the accessibility training sessions.
When Juan was a child he had a severe accident that caused a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that resulted in a learning disability and stuttering. Juan’s passion is to break barriers regarding disability and education, but also the intersectional barrier of being Mexican in an ever oppressive world.