Monday, May 7, 2018

``Service Dogs Are Not A Pet Project``, a TEDxWinnipeg Presentation by Jocelynn Johnson, 13 June 2018 at the RBC Convention Centre, with ASL Interpretation

Pioneering presentation at TEDxWinnipeg

ASL inclusivity a first for local ideas conference

A woman from Elmwood will be breaking new ground at TEDxWinnipeg in June.
Jocelynn Johnson, who lives in Glenelm, is a geospatial technician with the provincial government. She will be presenting on the subject of service animals and how to behave around them.
“Many people have misconceptions about service animals, mainly from hearing news reports from the U.S. which don’t really apply to Canada and I am hoping to clarify things during my talk,” Johnson, who is deaf, wrote in an email to The Herald.

“One of the most common things about service animals is that people think they can treat them like pets rather than the disability aid that they are, and it’s up to the public to decide if they are pets or not,” Johnson continued. “Not allowing a service animal is not much different than not allowing a person because they have a disability.”

She will also be giving her presentation in ASL (American Sign Language), with a sign language interpreter, a first for TEDxWinnipeg.


This year’s TEDxWinnipeg conference takes place on June 13 at the RBC Convention Centre (375 York Ave. ). Tickets are $65 and can be purchased from

News Article from: Winnipeg Free Press,

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