Our program contributes to emerging research examining the systemic barriers to the full societal inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The Graduate Program in Critical Disability Studies offers courses, research and professional training leading to an MA and PhD.

a critical disability studies Master's student with a poster presentation from one of her coursesThe MA program takes an interdisciplinary approach informed by various academic fields including law, anthropology, health studies, history, geography, economics, education, labour studies, political science, social work, sociology, identity politics, gender studies, and refugee and immigration studies. Theories of human rights form the basis for understanding how existing legal, economic and social rationales for inclusion relate to systemic barriers and oppression.

The program is offered full or part-time to students from a variety of backgrounds, including persons with disabilities engaged in the disability rights movement, government bureaucrats, professionals in the field of disability and people working in non-governmental organizations such as community organizations and advocacy groups.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend refereed conferences, publish in refereed journals and produce op-ed pieces right from your first year.

The PhD, a pioneering program in Canada, offers a comprehensive curriculum covering major scholarly perspectives. It is offered on a full-time basis only

The program structure and environment encourages advanced research, new scholarship and other opportunities to contribute to the field, enabling a multi-disciplinary group of students to explore disability from a critical perspective in relation to social policy, social justice, human rights issues, and social movements in Canada and internationally.

Passings: Professor Emeritus Gerald Gold was internationally known for his research

On behalf of the School of Health Policy & Management and the faculty and students of the Critical Disability Studies program, we wish to extend our  deepest condolences to the family of Professor Gold.  We will miss him.


We are pleased to announce that Christina Yarmol, PhD student in Critical Disability Studies, has been nominated for and awarded the Ontario Art Education Association (OAEA) Secondary Art Educator of the Year on February 25, 2016. These awards honour excellence in teaching as well as leadership and contributions to art education. Christina is an Art department head at a Toronto high school where she teaches and mentors young, emerging artists. She holds a Master of Education with an Arts Focus from Western University, a Bachelor of Fine Art, and French as well as Bachelor of Education from York University.  Over her teaching career she has been actively involved writing art curricula through Ministry projects with the Visual art, financial literacy, inclusive education and literacy.  She recently earned her basic qualification to teach Native Studies.  Her research interests include how at risk youth, and students with physical and/or intellectual disabilities express themselves through art.  Trained as a printmaker and a painter, Christina is also an artist who regularly shows her work in the Toronto area.

OCGS Review Results

We are pleased to announce that the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies (OCGS) has approved the recommendation of the Appraisal Committee that our MA/PhD program be classified as Good Quality - the best possible rating bestowed by OCGS!

image of the poster for the Human Library eventHuman Library — Inclusion Matters

Human books are not what one usually finds on a shelf, but are people who have volunteered to share their contents (stories) with you, as reader. The first Human Library took place in Denmark in 2000. Since its inception it has gained an international presence providing opportunities for one-to-one conversations across difference to occur. As such it provides a significant opportunity for conversations that have the potential to develop new understandings of disability and diverse embodiments.
December 3, 2015, 11 am–3 pm, Scott Library Collaboratory, 2nd floor

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