“Know me for my abilities, not my disability.” -Robert M. Hensel
Maria Guadagnoli is a Doctoral Candidate specializing in critical disability studies and disability rights. With over 16 years of experience in educating, tutoring, counseling, training, and providing lectures on various disabilities, Maria founded MGI Advocacy and Consulting to enables those in need with the tools and education to provide full creative, customized potential solutions. Maria’s passion for examining Canadian and international health care systems with themes related to social, cultural, economic, and political influences inspires her to inspect the integrity of structural violence, inequality, vested interests and values in health care provisions, issues, and ethical tensions.
As a diversity and inclusion expert, Maria is a preferred global speaker leading lectures and training for organizations and individuals who advocate for equity and equality for all. With Maria’s wealth of knowledge and resourcefulness, she has incorporated her unique methodologies to bring full potential solutions to small businesses, non-profits, families, and individuals with disabilities so that they can lead their life and businesses in a proactive versus reactive way. Her passion for accommodations and accessibility for all has become her life purpose. Through her team at MGI Advocacy and Consulting, there is a deep commitment to providing the awareness, resources, supports, and tools to ensure everyone is included and create a future where a disability never divides us or limits any possibilities.
To be the innovative education and consulting leader that causes endless possibilities, accessibility, inclusion, accommodations, and diversity for everyone.
To provide and implement integral programming, coaching, consulting, training, systems, and practices that empower small businesses, non-profits, families, and individuals to have access to all available resources and supports as well as be accommodated in ways that elevate the success of their operation and the quality of their lives in order to live a fulfilling life.
“I don’t need easy. I just need possible.” Bethany Hamilton
At MGI Advocacy and Consulting, our values drive every action we take. MGI stands for Maria Guadagnoli Inclusion as inclusivity is at the heart of our firm practices and principles. Our values were personally created as a foundation upon which we dedicate ourselves to lead, live, and operate by and be of service to those limited by existing ableist structures. Working with businesses, non-profits, individuals, and their families we strive to provide a proactive versus reactive state that fuels us to keep training those in need to use their voice.
If you do not ask, people assume you do not need it.
MGI Advocacy and Consulting are committed to training you on how and when to use your voice.
How often have you asked yourself, “when will things ever change” or “this is impossible?” Our team at MGI understands how difficult it can be to operate your small business or to lead your life the way you want when at times, a disability can get in the way. Our role is to create the plan with you, teach you what you need when you need it, and partner with you every step of the way. Advocating for you from start to finish is not a tagline; it is OUR PROMISE.