Jason Reid: Speaker on Chronic Illness & Overcoming Adversity

Why Jason?

Jason has been living with Crohn’s disease and arthritis for four decades, but has never let that stop him. Despite his significant health challenges, he has been a successful journalist, TV executive, award-winning story-editor, and professional speaker.

Jason’s sense of humour and compelling personal stories have made him a favourite with a wide range of audiences – from people living with adversity, to health professionals, HR audiences, business organizations and more.

Jason is uniquely suited to talk about illness and work. He has been on both sides of the fence – having been both an ill employee, as well as a senior manager in a demanding industry.

Jason is author of the book Thriving in the Age of Chronic Illness A guide for people with chronic health conditions and the organizations that employ them. 

His writing has appeared in professional health publications such as the Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association Journal and Your Workplace Magazine. He was also the chronic illness columnist for the website Job-Hunt.org


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Talk Topics

These talks can be customized for your group or organization. Additional talk topics on overcoming adversity, invisible disability or chronic illness can be created for you.

Overcome Adversity by Aiming Higher (keynote)

When we face life obstacles such as long-term illness, we often withdraw and avoid activities that build personal growth. There are times when that work promotion, new project or personal challenge is just what we need to add energy and vitality to our lives and add value to those we serve.

Jason takes you on an inspirational journey filled with funny and emotional true-life stories to show you what is possible in even the worst of times when you take responsibility for inspiring yourself and others.


“You Don’t Look Sick” – Overcoming the challenges of a chronic Illness or invisible disability (keynote)

Getting others to understand the challenges of living with an invisible illness is a difficult task. Jason looks at how our society has historically viewed sickness and disability, and why that needs to change. He also shares engaging and sometimes humorous personal stories and advice about how we can best communicate with others and change their views.

 


Thriving in the Age of Chronic Illness: A program of wellness leadership for organizations

Government statistics show that one in three working-aged adults have a chronic illness – and that number is expected to rise dramatically. The question is not should we adapt to a chronically ill workforce but how?

Available as either a keynote or breakout workshop, Jason’s interactive program reveals how our outdated views of illness cost organizations billions of dollars in lost productivity.

Participants will learn about the new paradigm of illness, and examine ways to reduce stigma and presenteeism.

Participants will also come away with five simple, but powerful action items to engage employees with chronic health challenges and increase productivity and engagement.

This program can be a great addition to your disability management or leadership training initiative. It can also be an important addition to your diversity training. Educate your organizational leaders and improve productivity by booking Jason today!

 


Jason’s Book

Thriving in the Age of Chronic Illness

A guide to productivity and engagement for ambitious people with chronic health conditions, and the organizations that employ them.
This groundbreaking book looks at the changing paradigm of illness in the workplace. Find out:

• The crucial differences between chronic illness and traditional disease.
• Why current policies and programs related to employee health are not effective for people with chronic disease.
• The best strategies to engage workers with chronic health conditions.

as well as:

• How to develop a good relationship with your employer.
• How to fight fatigue.
• How to think and work better when you are sick.
• How to manage your life to maximize your energy.

….and much more.

 

Click here for an excerpt of the book.

Books can be ordered for a substantial discount if you would like to use them as gifts or giveaways.


Client List

The Arthritis Society

Ontario Occupational Health Nurses Association (OOHNA)

Saskatchewan Association of HR Professionals (SAHRP)

University of Calgary Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation

Human Resource Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM)

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

George Brown College

Queens University

Ontario Healthy Workplace Coalition

York Regional Police

Partners in Prevention Health and Safety Conference


Download Jason’s speaking one-sheet for adversity & chronic illness topics here


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