Fran Odette is a feminist and has been a disability rights activist for over 25 years, with a focus on the intersections between gender, disability and sexualities. As well, Fran brings a wealth of knowledge on the issues for survivors of gender-based violence through her research, writing and programming in agencies working to end violence against women.
Fran was the Program Manager at Springtide Resources, a diverse provincial organization whose mandate is to develop programs aimed at responding to the growing prevention, intervention and educational needs of those working toward ending violence against women and their children. In addition, Fran has been involved in working on issues related to disability and sex-positivity, providing training to sexual health providers and people with disabilities. Much of Fran’s activist work has been in collaboration with agencies that work with marginalized communities, including SexAbility, the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, Rainbow Health Network, the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society, women’s shelters, legal and counseling services in the GTA and across the province.
As a trainer/educator, Fran’s work has been supporting service providers in building capacity to make the linkages needed to ensure that persons with disabilities, inclusive of gender identity and sexualities to have access to services.