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Virtual Workshop: Understanding the Impacts of Everyday Ableism

The Ontario Network of Accessibility Professionals (ONAP) in collaboration with the City of Waterloo and Toronto Metropolitan University are coordinating a candid conversation about Ableism. This 90-minute virtual workshop will share perspectives of ableism with relevant examples in the public sector. It will encourage participants to challenge their assumptions, highlight the impacts and provide insights to create meaningful change. 



Everyday Ableism: Understanding the Impacts Workshop 

February 28 from 1:00-2:30pm


This workshop is available at no cost.


Featured panelists include:

·        Mike "O'dah ziibing / Heart of the river) Ashkewe is from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario. Mike is a disability and Indigenous activist in the City of Guelph, including as a community member on the municipal accessibility advisory committee. Mike has had a career in the media since 2007 in a variety of different roles such as commentator, reporter and podcaster.

·        Fran Odette teaches in the School of Social and Community Services at George Brown College. She has 25+ years of disability activism and education. She has made scholarly contributions to addressing inequities in health and anti-violence services for women and children living with disabilities.

·        Eliza Chandler is an associate professor in the School of Disability Studies at Toronto Metropolitan University. Chandler’s research brings together disability arts, disability studies, and activism, including her co-directorship of Bodies in Translation: Activist Art, Technology, and Access to Life and is a practicing curator.

The workshop will be facilitated by Jay Dolmage, Chair of the English Department at the University of Waterloo. Jay is committed to disability rights in scholarship, service, and teaching. Jay's work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. Jay is the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.


Please consider joining. Click here to register.

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