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Rene Seedorf

Netherlands

Disability & Gender Identity: Regina’s Story

Rene Seedort is a youth care worker and Gentle Teaching coach at The Schar Treatment Center in the Netherlands, where she supports children and young adults with intellectual disabilities. The Schar provides care to a variety of diverse people, many living with trauma and unique diagnoses.

Rene began as an intern at The Schar at a young age and was able to stay and continue her career after studying applied psychology. She has nine years of experience in closed and open healthcare establishments and has learned the importance of offering guidance and forming trusting relationships with the people she supports. Rene wants people to feel safe to explore life for themselves, knowing she is there for them through the setbacks and celebrations. Rene is passionate about the equality of people with disabilities and providing support that aligns with the vision of Gentle Teaching.

Program Description

During this session, Anna and Rene will share “Regina’s Story,” a young woman’s journey navigating gender identity.

Regina came to live at The Schar in 2022 and still used pronouns assigned at birth: He/Him. Regina was 13 years old at the time, was previously living in a closed institution, and was having significant struggles with aggression and behaviour. Regina also came from an environment where talking about sexuality and gender identity was a taboo topic.

Through many months of compassionate support, Regina took the brave steps to reveal her identity as a female. Anna and Rene will share what happened next and describe the opinions and judgements Regina faced and the beautiful moments she has encountered.

Regina has given Anna and Rene permission to share her story, and attendees will leave with more compassion and a better understanding of supporting someone navigating their gender identity through several perspectives.

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