The Barbara Stone Foundation hosts ‘CAN Talks’ on Oct 24, 2023 at Centre Stage in downtown Greenville

October 5, 2023

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 five individuals with disabilities, living in the Upstate, share their unique stories or insights to spark new conversations, challenge outdated stereotypes and broaden perspectives.

‘CAN Talks’ will be held on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Centre Stage, located at 501 River Street in downtown Greenville. Admission is $20, and tickets can be purchased at Virtual tickets are also available for $10. An inclusive dance group from Carolina Dance Collaborative will perform a powerful dance performance.

“The first-ever ‘Can Talks’ event held was in 2019, and we are excited about our 2023 speakers who will highlight self-advocacy, broaden perspectives about disabilities, and promote the importance of inclusion,” said Lara Ceisel, executive director of the Barbara Stone Foundation. “We have a powerful line-up of speakers, living with disabilities and passionate about breaking down barriers rooted in false assumptions.”

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., a cocktail reception and presentation for Barbara Stone Foundation’s Fall ‘Community Innovations’ grant winners will start at 6:30 p.m. ‘CAN Talks’ begins at 7:00 p.m. A sign language interpreter will be available for the hearing impaired, and accommodations will be made for guests upon request. Seating for those who use a wheelchair is limited to eight individuals.

Contact Lara Ceisel for more information about ‘CAN Talks’ at [email protected] or call 864-214-5798. For more information about the Barbara Stone Foundation or to donate, visit


About Barbara Stone Foundation

Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation has provided funds to improve the quality of life for individuals with disabilities. One priority of the Barbara Stone Foundation is to raise funds to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Greenville County with developmental disabilities, head and spinal cord injuries, and autism. To learn more, visit or find the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.