Dan speaking at RAFF 2019

SPEAKING

Dan is an accomplished storyteller, speaker, and comedian. With humour and experience, he covers a variety of topics, leaving audiences engaged, entertained, and energized. Learn more below about what to expect at Dan's speaking engagements.

 
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COMEDY AND DISABILITY

Dan combines his experience of living with a visual disability and stand-up comedy to bring audiences a unique, down-to-earth, and honest look at disability, adversity, and moving forward in life.

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DAN'S STORY

Dan covers his life so far, touching on subjects like losing his vision at seven years old, having a parent with a visual disability, and the ups and downs that made him who he is today.

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TRAVEL AND ADVENTURES

For over a decade, Dan and his white cane have been backpacking and adventuring across the world. He discusses what he's learned as a disabled traveller, from discovering the meaning of inclusion in Ireland, to exploring Morocco's hidden secrets on foot, to watching the sunrise from the Acropolis in Athens.

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GAP YEAR JOURNEYS

Dan is an enthusiastic supporter of taking a gap year. His stories of making lifelong friends, getting in (and out!) of trouble, and embracing self-reliance will teach students how to explore outside their comfort zones, and take what they've learned back to campus.

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THE POWER OF FAILURE

Set down the books about the Power of Positive Thinking, and embrace failure and loss as a powerful source of inspiration, resolve, and motivation. Dan uses his lived experience of losing his vision, family, and love as building blocks to improve, learn, and overcome.

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DEALING WITH ISOLATION

Like many people with disabilities, Dan has lots of experience living in isolation. For everyone, the COVID-19 pandemic has been extremely difficult and a brand new source of stress. Learn from Dan's stories on how to persevere, and how to empathize and understand one another's loneliness. Hone new skills you can take with you when the world returns to some form of normalcy.

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I’ve worked with Dan in stand up comedy for a couple of years now and he is an incredible and important voice in disability advocacy. He’s hilarious and skilled at breaking down misconceptions in a poignant and personable way.

Courtney Gilmour, Comedian. Just For Laughs Homegrown winner, JFL42, Kevin Hart's LOL network, CW Network, CBC.