Disability impacts everyone. It overlaps and intersects with all social categorizations, including race, nationality, age, gender identity and expression, culture, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, and socio-economic level. This interconnectedness creates interdependent systems of oppression, prejudice, and disadvantage. Organizations that prioritize intersectionality enable employees to embrace, express, and celebrate all aspects of themselves – without fear of discrimination and retaliation in the workplace.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 61 million adults or 26% or one in four of the United States’ population, live with a disability (only counting those who self-identify). While numerous studies have proven the business benefits of disability inclusion, disability is often an afterthought in employer diversity and inclusion strategies. As disability inclusion is increasingly viewed publicly as a matter of social responsibility, it is still overlooked in strategic communications and social responsibility planning.
While many brands want to include disabled people and other diverse communities in their companies’ strategic initiatives, they often don’t know where to start. Eye Level can help your company show the world that you truly see the value of every human being and support your employees showing up as their full selves.
What We Do
Trainings and Workshops
The benefits of disability inclusion transcend public policy and awareness campaigns and stretch far beyond the notion of social responsibility. It can change how employers and employees perceive disability, make businesses more accessible for disabled people, and generate a wider talent pool. Eye Level offers a variety of interactive and thought-provoking workshops and training courses that enable today’s workforce to confidently participate in uncomfortable conversations about disability, access, inclusion, equity, leadership, and culture.
The structures and systems we live and work in reinforce ways to perpetuate inequity for specific categories of people. These were built purposefully and consciously to keep people considered “non-normative” out, and they are a feature of the social, economic, and political systems in which we all exist. First acknowledging and then addressing the inequities that inherently exist in these structures and systems is critical to achieving equity. Eye Level offers a variety of services and support for companies who want to address inequity in strategic business, communications, and administrative plans.
We believe in the power of vulnerability and connection through conversations, and we believe in the power of giving back to the communities we live, work, and play in. Our inclusive volunteering efforts are about making sure that everyone has an opportunity to give back, and feel the positive effects of social inclusion, community membership, and friendship. We know that an educated community can inspire and positively influence the lives of disabled people, and we believe it is our responsibility to connect otherwise disconnected communities.
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When we were in the beginning stages of our nonprofit, Sarah facilitated conversations that helped us identify our goals and values. She was also instrumental in drafting client - and donor - facing communications. Most importantly, she helped us determine our organizational purpose with a clear roadmap for future growth. We would not have thought as ambitiously about our reach, nor would we have such a focused path into the future. Shield Maidens Wheelchair Basketball would not have the impact it does now without the help of Sarah and Eye Level Communications, LLC, and we are immensely grateful!
—Molly Bloom, Co-Founder
Shield Maidens Wheelchair Basketball
Sarah walked our organization, Operation Surf, through an entire organizational realignment. She supported our leadership, provided excellent consultation, and helped us navigate the stressful growth of redefining our Mission, Vision, and Values. Her collective experience and energetic personality made the whole process enjoyable and effective. We walked away with a strong first step on our path of change for the better. She helped us rebuild our organization's foundation in the best way possible and we continue to build off of it today. Highly recommend Eye Level Communications, LLC!
—Amanda Curaza, Executive Director
Sarah and Eye Level have been amazing to collaborate with over the past few years. Her Disability 101 training received such positive feedback that we decided to bring her back as a keynote speaker, to discuss Effective Disability Communications and Understanding Inclusion in Community Recreation. For each occasion, she was able to customize the content to meet our staff training needs. She ALWAYS brings a wealth of knowledge to our employees, while keeping them engaged in the conversation. I definitely recommend inviting Sarah to speak at your next event or training session. I know we're looking forward to working with her again in the future!
—Jason Wong, Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator
City of Carson, California
We were truly blessed to come across Sarah Kirwan and Eye Level Communications. She is a versatile individual who quickly grasped the essential needs of our branding and developed a new mission, value, and vision positioning that was unique to our organization while keeping our company’s identity intact. Her work ethic is second to none and through her efforts she led our teams to successfully create a complete market-researched outline and new business development roll out package for a new division that is targeted to have a significant impact on our organizational initiative growth for years to come. What I appreciate most is her continued drive and motivation to excel. I could go on and on about Sarah, but you will see once you get involved with her that she’s the real deal!
Chris Vasquez, President
Sarah Kirwan, MSPA
Eye Level Founder and CEO
I’m Sarah, the founder and CEO of Eye Level Communications, LLC, a disability- and woman-owned small business, based in California. I’m also the creator, producer, and host of the Incluse This! Podcast, a movement for disability equity.
I am an instinctive activist and tireless advocate, driven by a deep desire for – and vision of – access, inclusion, belonging, and equity for everyone.
Sarah is a seasoned public administration professional with 25-years of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors, and she received her Master of Science in Public Administration from California State University Los Angeles. Prior-to founding Eye Level Communications, LLC (Eye Level), she served as the Director of Chapter Services and Healthcare Access for the Southern California and Nevada Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. She also served as Assistant Hospital Administrator and Public Information Officer for Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, a world-renowned physical rehabilitation hospital in Downey, California. Sarah was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2011, and Superior Semi-Circular Canal Dehiscence, a rare inner-ear disorder, in 2019. Her personal and professional experiences have made her a trusted professional, as well as a passionate disability rights champion. She is dedicated to creating a safe space for real, uncomfortable conversations that build and sustain more equitable workplaces. And she is committed to having conversations – at eye level – that connect people to each other, to their communities, and most importantly, to themselves.
Incluse This! Podcast
A MOVEMENT FOR DISABILITY EQUITY
Incluse This! is not just a podcast – it’s a movement. We want to change conversations, perceptions, and policies, but most importantly, we want to change mindsets and how we think about disability in America. It’s a space created for the critical and sometimes uncomfortable conversations we must have, to progress the movement for disability equity forward. We amplify disabled voices, tackle the intersectionality that naturally exists for people living with disabilities, connect everyone through shared experiences, and work alongside disability allies to unify the disability community.