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Advocates Assembly: Disability Research from the Ground Up

The four-part virtual speaker series Advocates Assembly: Disability Research from the Ground Up took place September through December 2022. In each installment disability justice activists and disability-centered service providers considered how to frame the future of disability and rehabilitation research.

Subtitles and audio descriptions included in each video. Disabled artists Anne K. Abbott and Rana Awadallah created the original artistic works that were commissioned for each event. This project was funded by a SSHRC Connection Grant.

Advancing Disability Rights Around the World

 Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Persons with disability are entitled to free and equal access to healthcare, mental health supports, and rehabilitation. They deserve the tools and resources to live full lives in community. Learn from leaders of international organizations how to ground disability research in a human rights framework, and how rights-based approaches to disability service provision contend with impoverishment, government responsibility, and colonial and imperial histories. 



Imagining Accessible Worlds

 Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Persons with disability face architectural, technological, informational, and attitudinal barriers, enacted in policy and practice, that hinder their full and equal participation in their communities. Leaders in disability support and advocacy consider how to mobilize disability and rehabilitation research to meet and exceed accessibility standards – that is, to build spaces and services that meaningfully anticipate embodied and mental differences



Centering Disability in Healthcare

 Wednesday, November 2, 2022

The healthcare context is not necessarily a welcoming space for persons with disability. How can health practitioners and researchers confront ableist bias, barriers to access, and the complex circumstances that determine health? How can they ensure that the persons with disability they serve are active participants in health care decisions? Experts affiliated with leading rehabilitation centres and community health centres explore these questions in this panel.



Advocating for Disability Justice

 Wednesday, December 7, 2022

How can disability and rehabilitation researchers account for intersectional oppression, centre the priorities and approaches of populations marked by disadvantage and difference, and commit to radical transformation? Learn from Canadian experts who are situated at the forefront of federal-wide disability advocacy how they push for foundational change.