The Barbara Stone Foundation Hosts ‘CAN Talks’

An Event Where Ideas and Stories Will Challenge The Status Quo and Broaden Your Perspective

Greenville, S.C. (September 14, 2019) – The Barbara Stone Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting visionary and creative programs for individuals with disabilities, will host a special event called ‘CAN Talks’ where six individuals with disabilities living in the Upstate will share ideas that will spark new conversations, challenge outdated stereotypes and broaden everyone’s perspective.

Presenting sponsors, Michelin North America and Bon Secours, are helping make ‘CAN Talks’ possible, which will also include a special guest performance by Ryan Niemiller, a 2019 finalist on “Americas Got Talent” who is a comedian with a disability.

‘CAN Talks’ will be held October 22, 2019 from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Centre Stage, 501 River Street in Greenville and admission is $15. Tickets can be purchased at A sign language interpreter will be available for hearing impaired and special accommodations will be made for guests upon request.

“People with disabilities are people first, “ said Mike Teachey, executive director of the Barbara Stone Foundation. “When we define a person by their disability, we create barriers rooted in false assumptions and outdated stereotypes. CAN Talks will be an enlightening evening that will broaden your perspective about individuals with disabilities and challenge the status quo.”
Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation has been a champion and fierce advocate for individuals with disabilities who face unnecessary barriers and often struggle to be seen, heard, valued, and included.

In 2013, the Barbara Stone Foundation provided the first grant to Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network), which is a network of self-advocates, service providers, families, caregivers and professionals working to reduce barriers to employment, increasing recreational opportunities and improving accessibility for individuals with disabilities. ‘CAN Talks’ is a special public event designed to spotlight how individuals living with disabilities flourish and further supports the stated mission of Greenville CAN.

Contact Mike Teachey for more information about ‘CAN Talks’ at or 864-420-1366. For more information about the Barbara Stone Foundation or to make a donation, visit and to get involved or support the work of Greenville CAN, visit


About Barbara Stone Foundation
Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation has provided funds to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. The vision of the Barbara Stone Foundation is a community where individuals with disabilities flourish. For more information, visit. To learn more, visit or find the organization on Facebook and Instagram.

About Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network)
Greenville CAN was started in 2013 as a network of self-advocates, service providers, families and community stakeholders working collaboratively to take actions that will strengthen Greenville, SC and make it a better place to live and work for individuals with disabilities. The network addresses community needs by linking organizations together, leveraging available resources to expand capacity and advocating for system and policy change. Greenville CAN believes the best way to increase services, programs, access, opportunities, and resources in our community for individuals with disabilities is through collaboration and partnership. To learn more, visit or find Greenville CAN on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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