Alumni

ABEL, Kathryn (MA 2010)

Kathryn Abel (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Asleep at a Task:  Occupational Health Nurses' Perceptions of Employees with Sleep Disturbances.

ABRAMOVICH, Alex (MA 2008)

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Alex Abramovich (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Young, Queer and Homeless in Toronto: Where is the Support? Aleks works at St. Michael's Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, as Research Assistant participating in qualitative research projects on inter-professional education, collaboration and knowledge translation. Alex completed a PhD at OISE, University of Toronto, in September 2009. For more information see Alex's website.

ACKERMANN, Monica (MA 2008)

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Monica Ackermann (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Redefining Job Accommodation: Systemic Inclusion In The Virtual Landscape Of The Information Economy. Monica continues to be a partner at Assistive Vocational Technology Associates (AVTA) providing job accommodation consultation, ergonomic and accessibility services for people with disabilities and their employers. She is currently consultant to the Enabling Solutions Support Management Group at Scotiabank implementing systemic IT accessibility solutions. She is also a member of the AODA Employment Accessibility Standards Development Committee and a board member at ARCH Disability Law Centre.

ADODO, Faith (MA 2017; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Faith Adodo (MA 2017; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Disabling Impact of Female Genital Mutilation: An Auto-Ethnographic Study of One Woman's Experience of FGM. Faith is currently continuing her studies at York University as a doctoral student in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program.

AFONSO, Sonia (MA 2013)

Sonia Afonso (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on An Autoethnographic Journey: Exploring the Physiotherapist Lens Through Critical Disability Studies.

AGBONGHAE, Mabel (MA 2014)

Mabel Agbonghae (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Impact of Canada's Immigration Policy on Immigrants and Canadian Society.

AGBURU, Clifford (MA 2006)

Clifford Agburu (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Dilemma of Alcohol Addiction:  A Disability without Disability Benefits in Ontario.

AHMADI, Fahim (MA 2012)

Fahim Ahmadi (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Islam and Disability:  The Role of the Imam and the Mosque.

AMAR, Audrey (MA 2014)

Audrey Amar (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Determined to prove a villain" : representations of disability in Shakespearean tragedy. Audrey is currently a career actor and freelance PR consultant, specializing in arts and culture promotion in Toronto.

ANDRION, Jeffrey John (MA 2010; PhD Candidate Health Policy & Equity, York University)

Jeffrey John Andrion (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Landmines in the Philippines:  What the World Should Know. His current research is in the areas of immigrant healthcare professional labour market integration, inter-professional education, and a special interest in racism/discrimination within the Canadian healthcare system. Understanding the influence of power and privilege plays a huge role in his academic work. He is also interested on the role of leadership in healthcare. Jeffrey is also currently a clinical educator in professional practice at Trillium Health Partners in Toronto.

AWUNI, Linda (MA 2012)

Linda Awuni (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Social Process of Internationalization/Labelling:  An Auto-Ethnography of a Ghanaian-Canadian Woman's Experiences with a Mild Intellectual DisabilityLinda is a Case Manager in Mental Health care specializing in the following areas: Human Rights, Treatment, Psychology, Learning Disabilities, Social Security..., Disability Rights, Developmental..., Disability Management, Gender Equality, Social Services, Social Sciences, Mental Health, Community Mental Health, Case Managment, Sociology, Social Justice, African Studies, African development, Social Inclusion, Addiction Recovery, Addictions, Dual Diagnosis, Case Management.

AYALA, Carolina (MA 2009)

Carolina Ayala (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Stutterer's Autoethnography. She is a Support Worker II, College Instructor, and Public Speaker with Community Living Toronto where she collects, reviews, and assesses participants' strengths and needs, utilizing a variety of tools measuring personal motor skills, academic-vocational and communication skills.
Carolina creates action plans, including negotiating, training, and accommodation programs, and prepares notifications to ensure proper adaptation of client life plans.
She also develops and implements accommodation plans for adults with special needs within the day program and community, while supervising placement students on and off-site. Caroline is also an integral member of the Student Placement Committee.

BAHNIWAL, Robinder (MA 2009)

Robinder Bahniwal (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Demystifying Mendelian Eugenics in 20th Century Alberta, Canada:  Economic Practice Disguised as Scientific Imparative.

BASTOWROS, Margret (MA 2007)

Margret Bastowros (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The UP Side of DOWN Syndrome.

BEHARRY, Melesa (MA 2011)

Melesa Beharry (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Prenatal Screening and Disability. Melesa is a Research Officer in the Office of the Dean with the Faculty of Health at York University.

BEISCHLAG, Cecelia (MA 2013)

Cecelia Beischlag (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Individual Education Plan: What Does It Really Do for a Student with Exceptionalities?

BERGINK, Heather (MA 2010)

Heather Bergink (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Social Model of … Cancer?  Using Disability Studies to Challenge Social Barriers for People with Cancer. Heather is a Networks Program Manager at Lifetime Networks in Victoria, British Columbia. Lifetime Networks helps people with disabilities develop and maintain lasting friendships, provide continuing education, community engagement support, employment preparation, job search, ‘on the job’ support and more… all within inclusive, safe, welcoming settings. In her role, Heather meets with new families to speak about and set up Networks, gives presentations to raise community awareness about the Networks program, recruits, trains, supervises and mentors Network Faciliators (staff), leads monthly Network Facilitator team meetings, supports the Network Facilitators with recruitment, training and support of Network Friend volunteers, connects regularly with families and supported individuals, and acts as an informal advisor liaising with Trust Officers for individuals who have a Network.

BERNASKY, Tammy (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Tammy Bernasky (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Towards Anti-colonial Inclusion: An analysis of Australian and British Disability inclusive development work. Tammy interviewed with the Review of Disability Studies Journal and she mentioned her experience as a Masters student in the Critical Disability Studies Program rdsinternationaljournal.blogspot.ca/2014/08/an-interview-with-tammy-bernasky.html. Tammy continues her studies as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University.

BEIRBRIER, Alyssa (MA 2011)

Alyssa Beirbrier (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Intellectual Disabilities. During her studies she was awarded the Human Rights Prize for her scholarship in this field. She continued her studies to complete a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is a member of the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and holds registration with the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario. She has also completed the University of Florida's Canadian Life Care Planning Certification Course, and is a Certified Life Care Planner. Alyssa began her clinical career in paediatric practice, working at private paediatric clinics and in the public sector including Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre where she was uniquely situated in a joint position at the Hospital for Sick Children and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Alyssa also has experience in the auto insurance sector where she has been responsible for the assessment and treatment of individuals of all ages who have sustained traumatic injuries resulting in cognitive, physical and/or psychological problems. She has specific expertise in assessment of future care needs in support of hospital discharge planning and implementation of community care/health services. Alyssa works as a Certified Lifetime Care Planner at Carol Beirbrier & Associates (CBA) in Richmond Hill, Ontario, a practice of certified life care planners with backgrounds in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, social work, vocational and rehabilitation counseling.

BONDY, Lisa (MA 2013)

Lisa Bondy (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability Hate Crimes:  A Comparative Study Between Canada and the United Kingdom.

BORDON, Graciela (MA 2010)

Graciela Bordon (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Life Journey. Frida Kahlo, Epistemology of a Journey Recreating Art with Art. (Auto)Ethnographic: Art-Based-Research. During hergraduate work at York University, she took a course called Disability and Cultural Context and had the opportunity to share her preference for artistic, feminist and poetic research as a way to enhance vulnerable observation in the context of ethnographic art research. From the 14 poems and ethnodrama-conversations that she constructed for her major research paper, the poem "Women’s Creation" (Bordon, 2009), depicts disabled women’s self-representation, the freedom to explore, expand and re-create art with art, and reclaiming the act of looking and making meaning within the cultural production of “ourselves”.

BORGACCI, Victoria (MA 2016)

Victoria Borgacci (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Cost We Pay:  Accessing Disability Related Support Funding for Students with Learning Disabilities in Post-secondary Education. Victoria works as an Analyst in Sales Compensation, Sales Compensation Delivery with Rogers Communications in Toronto.

BRIMMELL, Casey (MA 2016)

Casey Brimmel (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Disconnect Between Bachelor of Education Programs and  Special Education Programs on Indigenous Reservations in Ontario. Casey works as an elementary occasional teacher at Halton District School Board and Peel District School Board.

BROCKEST, Elizabeth (MA 2015)

Elizabeth Brockest (MA 2015) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Fat Activism in Practice:  An Auto-ethnography of the fat femme mafia. Liz is a Professor at the Centre for Pepartory & Liberal Studies: Immigrant Education at George Brown College in Toronto.

BRODERICK, Rebecca (MA 2012)

Rebecca Broderick (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Empty Hallways, Unheard Voices:  The Deinstitutionalization Narratives of Staff and Residents at the HRC. Becky is a Community Wellness Worker with the Government of the Northwest Territories in Lutselk'E, Northwest Territories, Canada. She focuses on prevention, education and wellness programming and workshops specializing in the areas of addiction, mental health and family violence.
Becky is also Project Leader for the development and implementation of a community based alcohol and drug treatment program.

BROEKHOF, Sandra (MA 2008)

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Sandra Broekhof (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on What’s in It for Us?  A Social Justice Approach to Educational Services for Students with Autism. Sandra launched Accessibility Compliance Consulting in early 2009. Sandra’s approach is to help make accessibility a natural part of business. Prior to this she worked as an Accessibility Analyst in the Ontario Public Service Diversity Office. Sandra has expertise in developing compliancy checklists to meet compliance requirements, developed a training strategies and executing on the same strategies. She has presented to the HRPAO Diversity Conference on Accessibility as part of Corporate Social Responsibility, and brings over 10 years experience as a Special Education Teacher and practitioner with extensive experience training adults.

BURGHARDT, Madeline (PhD 2014)

Madeline Burghardt (PhD 2014) completed a Doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a dissertation on Narrative of separation: institutions, families, and the construction of difference. Madeline is working as a contract faculty member in the School of Health Policy and Management in the Faculty of Health at York University.

BURROWES, Jacquline (MA 2008)

Jacquline Burrowes (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Othering Fatness.

CAMERON, Keri (MA 2010)

Keri Cameron (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Navigating Access to Homecare:  Narratives and Patient Literature. Keri is a faculty member at Sheridan College in the Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

CAMPBELL, Duncan (MA 2006)

Duncan Campbell (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Running Header:  Reasonable Accomodations/Paradigm Shifts which explores the issue of workplace accommodations for and by people with psychiatric disabilities.

CARDWELL, Pamela (MA 2006)

Pamela Cardwell (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Metaphor and Meaning:  Disability Imagery in Million Dollar Baby. Pamela is a Service Collaboration Coordinator at WoodGreen Community Services in Toronto.

CARRINGTON, Caroline (MA 2013)

Caroline Carrington (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on First, Segregate;  Then, Include:  The Pedagogical Approach to Education of One Not-for-Profit Organization Located in SouthWestern Ontario.

CARTER, Kayla (MA 2015)

Kayla Carter (MA 2015) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Telling, the Making, the Haunting as an auto-ethnographic work on Kayla's corporeal and metaphysical body as a site of truth-making, truth-telling and truth haunting - using a transnational disability studies lens, focusing on race, mental health, gender and trauma. Kayla is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and healer. She is a Toronto-based black, disabled, femme survivor who is of Jamaican, Cuban, and Maroon ancestry and believes that her existence is not accidental, but very deliberate.

Her work focuses on ancestral and intergenerational trauma, shame, healing, queerness, race, gender, disability justice and what it means to be unabashedly human.  As a healer, Kayla’s work focuses on mental health, self-care, self-love ancestral and intergenerational trauma, sustainable forms of healing, and radical reproductive justice/healing.

Her play For Fried Plantains debuted at the National Arts Centre of Canada ,has been shown across Canada and the U.S. and was recently the Keynote Performance for the Activate History Conference.

In May 2015 her first short film lay it down (2015) ( Producer, Director, Writer, Actor, Sound), was screened at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. She is the founder of Aunt Colyce Apothecary, an apothecary that is dedicated to healing, caring and the unabashed self-love.

Kayla is the founder of Gravel Pitt Productions, where she is currently in pre-production for her first documentary entitled ​Sad Girls Club.
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CASTRODALE, Mark (MA 2007)

Mark Castrodale (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Review and Critical Analysis of Disability Research in the Field of Human Geography. Mark is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at King's University College at Western University, an author, accessibility consultant, disability & mental health researcher, policy analyst, and a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) specialist.

CHAN, Nathan (MA 2006)

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Nathan Chan (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on AIDS in the Workplace. Nathan also completed a Masters of Education in Instructional Leadership at University of Illinois at Chicago in May 2007 and a Masters in International Business at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. He has become an artist in Calgary whose paintings have been showcased and recognized. He is also an active chamber and orchestral musician, and currently maintains a studio teaching private cello and speech arts lessons.

CHAN, Chung Manh (MA 2008)

Chung Manh Chan (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Perceived Stigma, Self-Disclosure and Disability Accommodation in the Work Setting.

CHAN, Benjamin (MA 2010)

Benjamin Chan (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability Policy Towards Persons with Disabilities - the Influence of Being Within a Liberal Welfare State.

CHANDLER, Eliza (MA 2008)

Eliza Chandler (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Transgressive and Transformative Bodies:  Creating Space for New Imaginations of Disability from Disabled Youth. Eliza is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow at Ryerson University.  She lives and works in Toronto and is interested in all things disability community. She is currently finishing up her PhD at OISE/UT where she is researching how crip community is enacted through a desire for disability. Eliza is a practicing disability artist. She sits on the board of Tangled Art + Disability and coordinates Project ReVision’s digital storytelling workshops for women and trans folks living with disability and embodied differences.

CHASE, Rebecca (MA 2012)

Rebecca Chase (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Sexual Oppression of Women with Developmental Disabilities. Rebecca is an MD Candidate and works as an Options Support Counselor at Planned Parenthood Ottawa.

CHEUK, Fiona (MA 2014)

Fiona Cheuk (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Self-disclosure: Mapping out Disability Identities and Experiences within the Chinese-Canadian community. Fiona is currently pursuing further graduate studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto.

CHEVRIER, Jessica (MA 2013)

Jessica Chevrier (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Redevelopment Project and the Preservation of the Patient Built Walls: A Community Perspective.

CHOWDHURY, Nadia (MA 2015)

Nadia Chowdhury (MA 2015) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on An Analysis of the Disabled in Two Film Adaptations: Understanding Representations.

CLEARY, Michael (MA 2015)

Michael Cleary (MA 2015) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Special Education in Ontario: Inclusion or Transinstitutionalization?  A Critical Comparative in Modern History to Evaluate the Policy and Practice of "Inclusive Education" in Ontario.  A Critical Position Paper. Michael is a Behaviour Consultant at Centre for Behaviour Health Sciences at Mackenzie Health, a regional healthcare provider in Southwest York Region.

CLEMENT, Jenny (MA 2007)

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Jenny Clement (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Crucial Ingredient: Employer and Co-worker Attitudes Towards People with Verbal Speech DisabilitiesJenny is working at the Rick Hansen Institute, and previously worked at the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto, Gilda's Club Simcoe Muskoka, and ARCH Disability Law Center as a Community Legal Worker where she conducted a needs assessment across the province of Ontario to determine the legal issues that Ontarians with disabilities encounter. Jenny also holds a Masters in Social Work from York.

COBEAN, Megan (MA 2008)

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Megan Cobean (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Representations of Madness in 18th and 19th Century European Art. Megan is a Web Publishing and Digital Content Specialist at Canadian Tire in Toronto.

CONNORS, Kathryn (MA 2014)

Kathryn Connors (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Alternative Approaches to Autism.

CORFIELD, Dana (MA 2013; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Dana Corfield (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Highlighting the Invisible:  Life Experiences of Children with Physical Disabilities in Peru. Dana continues her studies as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University. Dana is also the founder and director of Equip KIDS International. Within Canada, she has worked on projects involving Canadian First Nations Peoples with disabilities and their access to rights, as well as broader issues of disability and social justice within the Canadian context. Dana is also working to support the income replacement policy group within the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) in Toronto.

CRAWFORD, Cameron (MA 2016)

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Cameron Crawford (PhD 2016) completed his doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a dissertation on Untying the knot: Furthering decent new employment after the advent of work-limiting disability. Cameron is doing work with the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy (CRWDP) that brings together many of the country’s most knowledgeable people on issues of employment, disability and public policy. He sees the CRWDP as providing important opportunities for knowledgeable people to help improve the employment trajectories of people with disabilities at a time when the employment ‘system’ around disability in Canada is undergoing significant pressure and change. Cameron is also current Director of Research at the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS), and a member of the Technical Advisory Group (comprising representatives of Employment and Social Development Canada, Statistics Canada and major national disability organizations), as well as being a Sessional Instructor at Ryerson University.

CREIGHTON, Katherin (MA 2010)

 Katherin Creighton (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Prenatal Testing in Canada:  A Feminist and Disability Rights Critique of Current Practices and Values.

CUBAS, Alina (MA 2013)

Alina Cubas (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Health at Any Size?  A Social Model Critique of Bariatric Surgery in Ontario.

DASON, Aliza (MA 2012)

Aliza Dason (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Involuntary Mental Health Treatment in Ontario:  Historical and Legal Perspectives. Aliza was working at a Student at Law with Macdonald Sager Manis LLP in Toronto.

DELISI, Daniele (MA 2010)

Daniele Delisi (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Communication and Inclusion.

DERMODY, Andrea (MA 2012)

Andrea Dermody (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disabling Losses:  Examining the Concept of Loss and Intellectual DisabilityAndrea went on to continue her education by also completing a Masters of Social Work at York University. Andrea is a Clinical Social Worker in Hamilton, Ontario with Hamilton Health Sciences, a group of  hospitals in south central Ontario.

DESJOURDY, Rachel (MA 2016)

Rachel Desjourdy (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Genesis and Evolution of Montreal’s Protestant Institution for Deaf-Mutes, 1870–1900. Rachel is a Research Consultant at Federation CJA, and an Access Services Advisor at McGill University in Montreal.

DEVANEY, Julie (MA 2006)

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Julie Devaney (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Clinical Encounters: The Politics of My Leaky Body. "My Leaky Body" is also the title of a play she wrote and performed across Canada (website www.myleakybody.com). Julie is a patient activist living in Toronto. As well as being the author of My Leaky Body (Goose Lane Editions: 2012), she is co-editor of MESS: The Hospital Anthology (Tightrope Books: 2014).  My Leaky Body was one of Quill and Quire’s Top Five Non-fiction books of 2012.  Julie was named a Woman Health Hero by Best Health Magazine in 2011 and has been profiled on CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art and The Current, in Chatelaine and the Toronto Star. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Life and numerous anthologies. Julie has presented at medical schools, nursing conferences and theatres throughout Canada and in the US and the UK using participatory techniques with patients and professionals to formulate strategies for change and innovation in healthcare. Her work at the University Health Network in Toronto has transformed real patient stories into staff training.

DHANOTA, Navraj (MA 2015; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Navraj (Navi) Dhanota (MA 2015; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Psychiatric Research, Data Mining and State Defense Strategy: Ewen Cameron and the Legitimization of Psychiatry during the 1950's. Navraj, or Navi as she is also known, continues her studies as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University. In 2016, Navi was also instrumental in getting York University, through an Ontario Human Rights Commission ruling, to implement a precedent-setting resolution in which students no longer have to disclose a specific psychiatric diagnosis when providing medical documentation indicating they have a disability and its limitations.

DIAS, Jose (MA 2008)

Jose Dias (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Undocumented Portuguese Migrant Women with Disabilities:  From Invisibility to Emancipation. Jose is a Social Worker at Closing The Gap Healthcare in Toronto.

DONOVAN, Darlene (MA 2011)

Darlene Donovan (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Ethical Challenges of Chemotherapy:  A Historical Quandary.

DOSIS, Olga (MA 2009)

Olga Dosis (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Implementing the AODA, Customer Service Standard in a Post-Secondary Institution in Ontario. Olga is Human Rights Advisor to the President & AODA Coordinator at George Brown College in Toronto.

DOWSLEY, Laura (MA 2010)

Laura Dowsley (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Quality of Social Life of Residents in Group Homes. Laura is an Associate of Bickford & Associates law firm and practices in insurance defence litigation. Following her Masters in Critical Disability Studies, Laura went on to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2015. She articled at a top Bay Street law firm in 2016. During her articling term, she focused on corporate law, litigation and bankruptcy and insolvency law. She worked on a wide variety of legal issues to support the positioning of legal defences including in the areas of civil procedure matters, regulatory issues and contract disputes. Prior to law school, Laura worked for both the federal and provincial government for over ten years. She served as a Senior Policy Advisor to two Cabinet Ministers, including the Minister of Finance. During her time in Finance she was the lead advisor to the Minister on legislative issues affecting the financial and budgetary decisions of the government of Ontario regarding a number of ministries, including Health and Education. Prior to her work as a Senior Policy Advisor, Laura also worked for Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne.

DUCHASTEL DE MONTROUGE, Catherine (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Science & Technology Studies, York University)

Catherine Duchastel De Montrouge (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Science & Technology Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability/Fanfiction:  Creating Community and Culture at the Margins of Cyberspace. Catherine's research interests are in online fanfiction communities, disabled fans and fanfiction producers, and how they take up and challenge disability depictions in media, and foster disability activism and community in those spaces. She is also interested in the development of web accessibility standards, writ large, in participatory cultures, as well as in new media and Information Communication Technologies'​ (ICT) potential for democratic governance, on and offline. Catherine is particularly interested in web accessibility from the standpoint of disabled participants and communities of use and in finding community-based solutions to bridging the digital divide that includes addressing social inequalities that compound, constitute, and influence it. Catherine continues her studies as a PhD Candidate in the Science and Technologies graduate program at York University.

EBBS, Sarah (MA 2012)

Sarah Ebbs (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on new title: Saying the unsayable: the modernist poetics of insufficiency.  Old title: A Locus of Unimpeded Contextual Limitation:  Stein, Derrida and the Practical Potential for Freeplay, examining the ways in which language is manipulated within any given context and that the way one chooses to express oneself will always be steeped in metaphorical implications. Sarah is a Content Strategist Intern at Shopify, a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa that develops computer software for online stores and retail point-of-sale.

ELLERBY, Kristin (MA 2017)

Kristin Ellerby (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Unworthy of Space - An Investigation of Hegemonic Ideologies Within the Treatment of People with Physical Disabilities and Poverty-Stricken Individuals.

ERICKSON, Lorrie (MA 2005)

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Loree Erickson (MA 2005) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on They Call It Struggle For a Reason: A Sex Positive Reflection on Sites of Shame as Sites of Resistance For People with Disabilities. Lorrie also completed a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies at York. Loree describes herself as a "poly queer femmegimp porn star academic." Erickson’s lengthy title designates her as a polyamorous member of the queer, disabled community. She takes on a traditionally feminine sexual role in her filmed pornography work which has included the creation of queer disability or “crip” porn, which she uses for research.

ESMAIL, Aliya (MA 2016)

Aliya Esmail (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Towards a Transnational, Anti-Colonial, Disability Framework: A Case Study of Ghana’s Agbogbloshie Electronic Waste Site and the Production of Disability. Aliya's research interests included the erasure of disability experiences in countries of the Global South, the relationship between neocolonialism and the production of impairment, and anti-colonial approaches to studying disability. She is specifically focused on disability production as a result of the exportation of electronic waste (toxic colonialism).

FAITHFUL, Don (MA 2011)

Don Faithful (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Worker Disablement:  Exploring Loss of Personal Autonomy in Work Processes Using the Social Model of Disability as a Critical Lens. Don is also completing a Certificate in Emergency Management at George Brown College in Toronto, focusing on crisis, disaster and emergency management. During his studies, Don examined the archival records of employment counselling services to study performance and cost issues relating to disability, and studied occupational stress and social disablement extensively as part of his graduate research. Don has a special interest in accessibility issues relating to emergency scenarios (particularly for people with disabilities, disadvantaged, and vulnerable groups); gradual and agile methods of organizational preparedness; issues of hazard identification and risk assessment in decision-making, long-term planning, and structural adaptation. He also is interested in Interests in stress and burnout, disability universalism, disabling work environments, and progress metrics for policy development.

FALASCA, Caterina (MA 2008)

Caterina Falasca (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on “Whose ears are broken?" A Historical-Sociological Rendering of the Cochlear Implant and Divergent Perspectives.

FENNELL, Janice (MA 2006)

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Janice Fennell (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on I'm Not Your Superwoman: Effects of Multiple Roles, Multiple Identities and Traditional Role Obligations on the Mental Health of Women of African Descent.  Janice also completed a doctoral degree in Education at York. Janice was hired by the Toronto District School Board to work with students with learning disabilities and their teachers, and currently works as Manager, Accessible Learning Services and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

FERNANDEZ, Amanda (MA 2013)

Amanda Fernandez (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Personal-Political Autography, story-telling  the difficulties and tensions encountered with unbreathable gendered and criminal/ized events and unacceptable ongoing memories within a cultural context of disability brought about a patriarchal culture of misogyny and specifically brought forth by a dis/abling scientific porno-gaze. The personal-political happenings included in her work were inspired by teachings learnt in tourist-like places, namely strip clubs, and are soaked in scientifically inspired ethics of capitalism, ableism, misogyny, homophobia and racism.

FERREIRINHA, Jason (MA 2017)

Jason Ferreirinha (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Accessorizing Accessibility: Flexible Tools For Your Everyday. Jason is working as an independent support worker in the Toronto area and is passionate about supporting his community. Jason has had many opportunities to engage with community members through various paid and volunteer roles and each time finds joy in the work he does. He also considers himself lucky enough to have experience as a youth mentor, conflict resolution teacher, disability rights advocate, and in his current role as personal support worker.

FLEMING, Sarah (MA 2012)

Sarah Fleming (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Health and Disability in the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program:  Experience and Theory. As a Health Promoter Sarah gave presentations and facilitated discussions about health concerns in three rural communities outside of Chimaltenango, Guatemala. She lived and worked alongside women in these communities for nine months, after graduating, in order to facilitate discussions on their concerns in the communities as part of Breaking the Silence at Kaqchikel Presbytery.

FORTY, Christine (MA 2008)

Christine Forty (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Whose Choice Is It Anyway?  Considering a Right to Die in Canada.

FRANCIS, Hyacinth (MA 2007)

Hyacinth Francis (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Strategies that Enable Autistic Children to Learn Self Advocacy Skills and the Potential Effects on Their Education: Perspectives of African-Canadian Parents.

FRITSCH, Kelly (MA 2008; PhD 2015, Social & Political Thought, York University)

Kelly Fritsch (MA 2008; PhD 2015, Social & Political Thought, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Nothing is Immobile:  Disability, Relationality and Unhinging Possibilities. Kelly went on to complete a PhD in the Social & Political Thought program at York University, and is currently a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Women & Gender Studies Institute and Technoscience Research Unit, University of Toronto. Her postdoctoral research develops crip and feminist technoscience to examine body enhancement and capacitation technologies such as prosthetics, exoskeletons, and personal assistive and adaptive devices. Fritsch explores how these technologies are differentially produced, distributed, consumed, and utilized. This project builds on her doctoral research completed in the Social and Political Thought Program at York University which focused on how neoliberal economic and social relations come to change the way disability circulates both discursively and materially through biocapitalism. Fritsch is co-editor of Keywords for Radicals: The Contested Vocabulary of Late-Capitalist Struggle (2016, AK Press), is Associate Editor of Research for Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, and is currently guest editing special issues of Somatechnics (on “Sexuality in Canada”), Feminist Formations (on “Queer/Crip Contagions”), and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience (on “Crip Technoscience”). Her work also appears in: Foucault Studies; Feminist Review; Disability Studies Quarterly; Feral Feminisms; The Journal of Cultural and Literary Disability Studies; Disability & Society; Somatechnics; Canadian Journal of Disability Studies; Health, Culture and Society; Critical Disability Discourse; Upping the Anti: A Journal of Theory and Action, as well as in a number of edited collections.

GASCON, Dominic (MA 2008)

Dominic Gascon (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Possible Links Between Artistic Creativity and Madness Caused by the Effects of Difference, Alienation, and Stigma.

GAYLE, Daphne (MA 2016)

Daphne Gayle (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Inclusive Education and Disability:  Comparing Tertiary Education Accommodations in metropolitan Canada and Jamaica.

GEORGE, Erin (MA 2010)

Erin George (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Cycle for Sight:  Finding Disability Culture on a Bicycle Built for Two. Erin works as Executive Assistant to Councillor Janet Davis at Toronto City Hall.

GIBSON, Laura (MA 2009)

Laura Gibson (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Riding the Bus:  A Phenomendogical Account of Disability and Difference in the Interspaces Between Home and School. Laura is working as a licenced teacher at Abu Dhabi Education Council in Toronto.

GILLESPIE, Emily (MA 2014)

Emily Gillespie (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Considering Intentional Disabilities: Rethinking Bodies, Challenging Disability Politics. Emily works at Project Manager, Specializing in Accessibility and Inclusion at Disabled Women's Network (DAWN) in Toronto.

GILLIES, Jennifer (MA 2005)

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Jennifer Gillies (MA 2005) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Campus Athletic Opportunities for University Students with Disabilities: Is It Their Right?  Jennifer also completed a doctoral degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies at University of Waterloo. She has been the Executive Director of the Alzheimer Society Waterloo Wellington, and is currently Manager AccessAbility Services at the University of Waterloo.

GOLDBERG, Micahel (MA 2016)

Michael Goldberg (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disclosure Through:  An autoethnography about disclosing invisible disability through art. Michael works as a Behaviour Consultant at Michael Goldberg Behaviour and Respite Services in Toronto.

GOLDBERG, Cara (MA 2017)

Cara Goldberg (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The "Right" Touch: Negotiating Invisible and Variable Impairments With/In Embodied Interactions.

GORHAM, Janna (MA 2010)

Janna Gorham (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Memory, Murmurs, and Wordless Planes:  Mapping Stories of Body, Finding Traces of Home. Janna is an artist and group facilitator for children with developmental disabilities.  During her MA in Critical Disability Studies, she focused on trauma, memory, and embodied heritage(s) and continued to explore the therapuetic dimensions of community arts through both the Community Arts Practice (CAP) program at York University and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

GORMAN, Martha (MA 2006)

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Martha Gorman (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Human Rights Policies & Ending the OSSLT. Martha worked as an educational consultant for disability and technology issues with the different school boards in the GTA, and is currently Director of Professional Development Programs at Fair Chance Learning, an organization she co-founded in Toronto. As an educator, accessibility and technology expert, Martha believes in the potential of all learners. By creating strong partnerships with innovative learning environments, school districts and leading educational professionals, Martha has helped unlock individual abilities and improve human achievement.

GRONTIS, Christina (MA 2011)

Christina Grontis (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Medicalizing the Reality of Grief.

GRUSON-WOOD, Julia (MA 2010)

Julia Gruson-Wood (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Hacking into High-tech Embodiments:  Representations of Disablement and Ableism in Science Fiction and Technoculture.

GUADAGNOLI-CLOSS, Maria (MA 2011; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University

Maria Guadagnoli-Closs (MA 2010; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Painfully Aware":  Analyzing Medical and Legal Perceptions of Pain. Maria continues her studies as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University. Maria's drive to inspire and motivate others has led to her become an Internationally Recognized Certified Tutor through the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) and  a part-time Instructor at Seneca college of Applied Arts & Technology, where she provides instructional and remedial services as well as skills development for a diverse populous of students with and without disabilities, at the post secondary level.

GUR, Doreen (MA 2011)

Doreen Gur (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Education Practices in Ontario and the Mothers Who Challenge Them:  A Critical Analysis of the Issues Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Encounter in Public Education.  Doreen's research was a critical analysis of discriminatory educational practices faced by students with autism. In addition, she examined the role of mothers who must continuously challenge a system that
is not designed to meet the educational and support needs of students with
autism.

GUSCHINA, Ioanna (MA 2013)

Ioanna Guschina (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Accessibility for Young Children with Physical Disabilities at Regionally Run Childcare Centers in Southern Ontario.

GYORKOS, Cheryl (MA 2009)

Cheryl Gyorkos (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on When Disability and Technology Collide. Cheryl works as a Needs Assessment Consultant with the Toronto Catholic District School Board working in Scarborough, Ontario.

HALES, Carla (MA 2012)

Carla Hales (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Ideal Alignments:  Can Critical Disability Theory Inform the Education of Pilates Practitioners?. Carla is a Pilates Instructor at Studio 3 in Toronto.

HAMMER, Antonia (MA 2008)

Antonia Hammer (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Miss Landmine:  Angola's New Take on Beauty Pageants. Antonia is Senior Advisor for Accessibility at Metrolinx in Toronto.

HANSON, Charmaine (MA 2008)

Charmaine Hanson (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Incest: The Silent and Invisible (Dis)embodiment; Living In and With a Traumatized Body Etched and Soaked in Melancholy; A Survivor's Story; Redemption Song............ Songs of Freedom.

HEARN, Paula (MA 2013)

Paula Hearn (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability Inclusion in Current International Development Policies. Paula is the Project Coordinator for Disability Rights Promotion International (DRPI) AWARE. Paula brings over 7 years of experience working in the disability field. Prior to her current position, Paula was a research assistant with DRPI, having contributed to DRPI’s Canadian media monitoring report, and assisted in organizing an international workshop. Additionally, she has provided training on disability awareness and accessibility at the University of Guelph’s Center for Students with Disabilities.

HENRY, Sharon (MA 2017)

Sharon Henry (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Women of Colour with Disabilities and their Healthcare Encounters: A North American Context.

HILLIER, Sean (MA 2011)

Sean Hillier (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Funding Allocation for Mental Health Services:  A Perspective from First Nations Reserves in Ontario. Sean is a PhD candidate in the Policy Studies Program at Ryerson University. He is currently active in several not-for-profit organizations within the Greater Toronto Area that have a local, national and international reach. An advocate for human rights and equality, Sean aims to bring greater information to the general public regarding both First Nations people and LGBT issues. His current research interests include First Nations policy and development, health policy with an emphasis on Aboriginal Peoples and the LGBT community and how the constitutional division of powers affects policy development and services within First Nations Reserves University.

HIRJI-KHALFAN, Raihanna(MA 2009)

Raihanna Hirji-Khalfan (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Inclusion of Disability in Existing International Development Programmes. Raihanna is Accessibility Lead and Independent Training Consultant in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area with over 10 years of experience advancing human rights, social justice, accessibility, equity and inclusion.

HOLDER, Michael (MA 2014)

Michael Holder (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Troubling Diagnosis Through Deconstruction:  Critical Explorations in Language and Autism.

HORDO, Diana (MA 2009)

Diana Hordo (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Transportation Accessibility Litigation a Barrier to Inclusion.

HOSSAIN, Mohamed (MA 2008)

Mohammed Hossain (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Community Approaches to Handicap in Development (CAHD):  Strategy to Implement Community-based Rehabilitation in Less Developed Countries.

HUSSEIN, Fatima (MA 2008)

Fatima Hussein (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Economic and Social Consequences of Mental Illness with Homelessness as a Dempgraphic Index.

HUTCHINSON, Kimberly (MA 2013)

Kimberly Hutchinson (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Sad Students and "Lazy" Lecturers:  A Discussion of Depression and Competency Discourse in Academia. Kim is a teacher at the Alternative Education and Training Centre at Trillium Lakelands District School Board in Lindsay, Ontario.

IMADE, Victor (MA 2017)

Victor Imade (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Awakening Hope: Opposing the Stigmatization of children with disabilities in Nigerian Communities and Families.

INESON, Morgan (MA 2010)

Morgan Ineson (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Is Our History There at All?":  Accessing the "Visual" Arts:  Tactile Tours & Disability Representation in the Museum.

INRIG, Maggie (MA 2011)

Maggie Inrig (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Double Dilemma:  Children and Youth with Dual Diagnosis and Access to Respite.

JACKSON, Kevin (MA 2016)

Kevin Jackson (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Victorian Madness in Ontario: A Mad People's History of the Mimico Branch Asylum, 1882-1908. Kevin is one of the key organizers of the Toronto Disability Pride March (TDPM). Formerly, Kevin has been the Vice-chair of the Ethno-Racial People with Disabilities Coalition of Ontario (ERDCO), board member of the Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA-ACEI), Chair of the Psychiatric Survivor Archives of Toronto (PSAT), member of the Lakeshore Asylum Cemetery Project (LACP), and a Mad Pride 2011 organizer. Kevin’s primary focus is on researching Mad people’s histories concealed within Ontario psychiatric institutions.

JANKOWSKA, Malgorzata (MA 2009)

Malgorzata Jankowska (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Accessibility and Community:  The Struggle for Access by People with Disabilities to Community Centres in the City of Toronto.

JENNINGS, Sheila (MA 2011; PhD Candidate Law, York University)

Sheila Jennings (MA 2011; PhD Candidate Law, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Paediatric Home Care of the Child with Complex Care Needs in the Context of Human Rights and Provincial Experiences. Sheila continues her education at Osgoode Hall Law School as a PhD student, and has received a prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellowship that provides two years of federal funding ($81,000 in total) to assist with her postdoctoral project entitled “Becoming Aware: An Exploration of Legal and Critical Consciousness with Mothers with Disabled Children”. Sheila's postdoctoral project will build upon her PhD work, still in progress, which is entitled “The Right to Support? Severely Disabled Children and their Mothers”.

JEYARATNAM, Subashini (MA 2010)

Subashini Jeyaratnam (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Critical Analysis of the Relationships Between Homelessness and Disability Among Immigrant Women in Toronto Community Agencies and Shelters.

JONES, Chelsea (MA 2010)

Chelsea Jones (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Pitching the Backstory:  Five Accounts of Journalism and Disability from Toronto, Canada.

JOSHI, Angela (MA 2008)

Angela Joshi (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Boundaries as Barriers:  Disability Identity, Ambiguity, and the Case of People with Substance Dependence.

KANANI, Nadia (MA 2010)

Nadia Kanani (MA 2010; PhD Candidate, Gender, Feminist and Women's Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability, Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Nationhood;  Exploring the Limits of Inclusion in My Name is Khan. Nadia is a disabled woman of colour, community organizer, and continues her studies as a graduate student in Gender, Feminist and Women’s Studies at York University. She approaches her community organizing and academic work from a queer, anti-racist feminist, and disability justice perspective, and has been involved in anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, indigenous solidarity, and health justice movements.

KARAPETYAN-WIEMANN, Izabella (MA 2011)

Izabella Karapetyan-Wiemann (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Comparative Analysis of Employment Policy and Legislation on People with Disabilities in Canada and the United Kingdom. Izabella went on to complete a law degree from McGill University.

KAZEMI, Sona (MA 2013)

Sona Kazemi-Hill (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Power In and Beyond Psychiatric Institutions:  Social Relational and Antiracist Approaches. Sona continues her education doing a doctoral degree in Adult Education and Community Development at the University of Toronto.

KEREM, Tamia (MA 2016)

Tamia Kerem (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on God Hates Me:  An Auto-Ethnographic Exploration of one Disabled Woman's Quest for Spritual Belonging.

KHEDR, Rabia (MA 2013)

Rabia Khedr (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Portraits of Muslim Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Families Living in Ontario. Rabia was appointed as Commissioner with the Ontario Human Rights Commission, and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Muslims with Disabilities, Executive Director of the Muslim Council of Peel and the CEO of DEEN Support Services. Along with her leadership roles, Rabia has served on many boards and committees including the Ontario Women’s Health Network, the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council and much more. Currently, she serves on the Mississauga Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Peel Region Advisory Committee. As well, through her organization diversityworX, Rabia has provided training, research and consulting services on accessibility, equity and inclusion for numerous organizations including, the University of Guelph, ICICI Bank and much more. Rabia Khedr has participated in many conferences, television broadcasts and documentaries, raising awareness about disability issues, women’s rights and Islamophobia. Most notably, Rabia received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for her leadership and community contributions.

KIERANS, Patricia (MA 2017)

Patricia Kierans (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "The Next Stop is..Inaccessible.  Inaccessible Stop." GTHA Transit System Maps Coded for Accessibility. Patricia is an Accessibility Consultant with Bee Accessible Consulting in Niagara on the Lake.

KIM, Diane (MA 2013)

Diane Kim (MA 2013) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Who is it really for?  : Examining the efficacy of the volunteer program at Holland Bloorview Rehabilitation Hospital.

KISSI, Evelyn (MA 2016)

Evelyn Kissi (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Theorizing Race, Gender, Ability, and Precarity in Early Childhood Education: A Way Forward. Evelyn is a part-time Professor in the Child Development Degree Program at Seneca College in Toronto.

KLAR, Estee (MA 2013; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University)

Estee Klar-Wolfond (MA 2013; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Co-Production of Autism in the Film, Wretchies & Jabberers. Estee is continuing her education as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies program at York University.

KNITTEL-KEREN, Dafna (MA 2007)

Dafna Knittel-Keren (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Women’s Narratives of Recovery from Depression:  the Personal Experiences vs. the Clinical Perspectives.

KOSTASH, Amy (MA 2014)

Amy Kostash (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on All aboard  Accessible cruising : Is information on accessible cruising accessible? Amy works in Customer Support with Tunnelbear Inc. in Toronto, that securely “tunnels” internet connections to locations around the world.

KUCHARSKI, Adam (MA 2014)

Adam Kucharski (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Level Playing Field:  Sport, Organizational Philosophies, and Experiences Among Athletes with Disabilities. Adam is an Occupational Therapist at CBI Health Group in Toronto.

LA MONICA, Nancy (MA 2010)

Nancy La Monica (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Conversations About Disabling Education, (Hidden) Practices and Policies in Academia:  A Case Study. Nancy went on to complete a PhD in Human Geography at McMaster University, and is now a Professor at Seneca College in the School of English and Liberal Studies in Toronto.

LAM, Alice (MA 2016)

Alice Lam (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on An Analysis to Harmonize the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act: Employment Standard and the Duty to Accommodate. Alice is a Senior Accessibility Policy & Business Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in Scarborough, Ontario.

LEACH, Grace (MA 2016)

Grace Leach (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Understanding the Capacity of (M)others with Disabilities: Legal Reform, Stigma, & Master Narratives.

LEE, Esther (MA 2012)

Esther Lee (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Future of Staring and Staring Back: Diversity in Ableness in the Present and the Future.

LEE, Donna (MA 2012)

Donna Lee (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Representations of Self in the Vlogosphere:  Disabled Girls and Constructions of Online Identity.

LESLIE, Kaye (MA 2014)

Kaye Leslie (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Retention and the Retirement Matrix: Emerging Issues for Mature Workers with Disabilities. Kaye works at Scotiabank as a Manager Of Workforce Diversity. In this capacity, she works closely with a team of staffing and recruitment managers in order to promote the hiring and retention of people with disabilities. Kaye has a personal and professional interest in the field of disabilities, as she has both a vision and hearing loss. She has worked in the private and public sector and co-authored a chapter on Sensory Loss And Seniors. This research has been published in a university textbook used by professors in universities across Canada and the United States.

LEVINSON, Andrew (MA 2011)

Andrew Levinson (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Sources of Failure:  Ontario and New York State Attendant Care Policy. Andrew is a writer for Equal Opportunity Publications (EOP) in the Greater New York City area.

LIANG, Bridget (MA 2017)

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Bridget Liang (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on on Feline (R)Evolution, and co-founded RADAR Youth Group at the LGBTQ Wellness Centre (the Well), the first queer group in a high school in Hamilton, as well as being instrumental in the passing of an equity policy in the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board. Bridget has worked for a number of queer/trans organizations and groups over the years in both Hamilton and Toronto, while also involved with community research, workshop and group facilitation, and doing performance art.

LILA, Azim (MA 2006)

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Azim Lila (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies (Constitutional Law and Human Rights) at York University, writing a major research paper on Critical Perils in Community and Government Based Programmes in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Azim also completed a Master of Science in International Political Economy studying at Peking University in Beijing, China as part of a Double MSc in International Relations. He also attended New York University as part of the Global Affairs Program, United Nations in Geneva, and attended the London School of Economics and Political Science where he received a Master of Science in International Affairs. Azim was co-founder of Pivotal, a technology start-up with a focus on software outsourcing, sales and business development of imported CPG goods, and sales of adaptive technology equipment. He has also served as a United Nations Consultant on the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and is currently Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Business Development at President's Choice Financial.

LINCOLN, Morgan (MA 2012)

Morgan Lincoln (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies (Constitutional Law and Human Rights) at York University, writing a major research paper on It Is Not Us and Them:  Disability Through the Eyes of Baccalaureate Nursing Students.

LYTLE, Christopher (MA 2006)

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Christopher Lytle (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Interrogating Disability as a Racial Project: A Critical Analysis of Disability as a Socio-Historical. Christopher works as AODA Coordinator at Brock University.  He has extensive experience in international disability policy analysis, development, Human Rights implementation and training, and was called upon to participate in the creation of the UN draft text of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities through the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in 2004. He has since worked towards ratification and implementation in various global regions. At the provincial level he uses his knowledge of disability as a rights issue to work towards the implementation of the AODA IASR within private and public organizations, and believes that local, regional and international markets should strive to become inclusive.

After returning from Nouakchott (Mauritania, Africa) as Communications Agent under the auspices of DPI (Disabled Peoples International) with the Pan African Federation of the Disabled setting up communications with regional advocacy groups, he was elected to the Board of Directors for the Canadian Council of International Cooperation through the Council of Canadians with Disabilities. Then, he was employed by the Canadian Association of Independent Living Centre (Head Quarter) in Ottawa as a Research and Policy Consultant for a literacy and quality of life project. He also worked in Toronto at Disability Rights Promotion International as a Research Associate and as a Consultant for the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto with the Safe Engaged Environments-Disability (SEED) project.

Christopher is also a proud parent of three boys, two of which are twins!

MACGREGOR, Marian (MA 2013)

Marian MacGregor (MA 2013; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Finding Disability in Experiential Education:  Should We Even Be Searching?  Marian is an Equity Advisor for the Law Society of Upper Canada in Toronto, and is the Director of the Community & Legal Aid Services Programme (CLASP) at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.

Before joining Osgoode in 2008, Marian worked for 11 years in community legal clinics where she supported individuals with low income in diverse areas of law including housing, social assistance, employment and human rights. She also worked as a human rights lawyer for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in India, advocating for the rights of prisoners and prison staff through the Police, Prisons and Human Rights program.

Marian is currently pursuing a PhD in Critical Disability Studies at York University. Her research focuses on how the Supreme Court of Canada has discussed and framed disability, and the intersection between the characterization of disability and the disability rights movement and governmental disability policy.

MACK, Tracy (MA 2014)

Tracy Mack (MA 2014; PhD Candidate Critical Disability Studies, York University) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Restorative Justice, Social Justice & Mad Communities. Tracy continues her education at York University as a PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies program.

MACKINNON, Judith (MA 2014)

Judith Mackinnon (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Critical Textural Analysis of Camp Triumph, a Support Program for Brothers and Sisters of Children with Disabilities and Critical Illness. Judith is a Career Counsellor in the Career Education Department at Sheraton College in Toronto.

MACLEAN, Katherine (MA 2011)

Katherine Maclean (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on From Policy to Practice:  Exploring the Social Inclusion Act for Ontarians with Intellectual Disabilities from Rights-based Perspective.

MACPHERSON, Devon (MA 2016)

Devon MacPherson (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Dyadic-Belonging: Using Critical Disability Studies and Critical Animal Studies to Improve Service Dog Well-Being. Devon wasn’t alone when she crossed the convocation stage to receive her degree. Barkley, her mental health service dog, shared the limelight in his own gown and cap.

Devon is an excellent example of student success and York University’s commitment to mental health. After taking some time off, Devon came to York University for another crack at postsecondary education. This time it worked.

Diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder, she credits her dog, a white Standard Poodle, with helping her complete her education at York University and for York creating a supportive environment. She received her undergraduate degree in independent studies with a focus in the human/animal bond and communication studies at York University.

“For people with anxiety, changes in the environment or doing things differently can be shocking. When I have Barkley with me, it’s something that’s consistent no matter where I go,” says Devon. Barkley accompanied her to all her university classes.

York University student Devon MacPherson crossed the convocation stage today with her mental health service dog Barkley

Now a graduate of York University, Devon MacPherson poses with her mental health service dog and fellow York U “grad” Barkley

“But he can also warn me when my anxiety is going to rise,” she says. Barkley can smell an increase in the hormone oxytocin and gives Devon a nudge to let her know.

Devon is a vocal mental health advocate and is calling for a national policy on service dogs, especially those used for mental health, to create consistency in training and standards across the country. She realizes more research is needed to help increase awareness of service dogs for mental health and to reduce the associated stigma and barriers.

Devon is a copywriter for NewAge Products and serves on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee for the Canadian Commission, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (CCUNESCO).

MACRI, Susan (MA 2016)

Susan Macri (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability, Citizenship, and higher education: Humber College's Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education Program.

MALISANI, Kathleen (Kate)(MA 2010)

Kathleen (Kate) Malisani (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Pre-implantation Genetic Modification of Embryos and Disability Theory:  Obligation or Discrimination?  Kate is the Executive Director of the West Park Family Health Team in Toronto.

MALLON, Kathryn (MA 2012)

Kathryn Mallon (MA 2012) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Embodied Trauma An Exploration of PTSD From An Experimental Perspective.

MANJI, Shahina (MA 2014)

Shahina Manji (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Accommodations For Muslims With Disabilities:  Exploring Accessibility And Inclusion Entrentched In The Social Structure of Mosques. Shahina is a Work Counsellor at Accès Travail de Montréal which provides vocational guidance and job search services to people living in Montreal in order to develop their employability and to facilitate their social integration.

MAPP, Anthony (MA 2008; PhD 2017)

Anthony Mapp (MA 2008; PhD 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Hegemony, Hegemonic Masculinity and the Differently-Able, and a doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Modernity, Hegemony and Disability: A Critical Theoretical Exploration of Historical Determinants of Disability. Anthony works at Air Canada as an Aircraft Stockkeeper in Toronto.

MARIAMPILLAI, Malissa (MA 2014)

Malissa Mariampillai (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Building Back Better": Rethinking the Role of Humanitarian Efforts in Mental Health Reform in the Post-Conflict , Post-Disaster Region of Sri Lanka.

MARKOWITZ, Macey (MA 2008)

Macey Markowitz (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on ADD/ADHD:  A Holistic Approach. Macey worked as Content Developer for the Yast Project at the Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work.

MARSOLAIS, Allyson (MA 2005)

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Allyson Marsolais (MA 2005) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Revisionist Historians"  The Role of Narrative in the Identity Formation Process in Queer Women, Women Psychiatric Survivors and Queer Women Psychiatric Survivors. Allyson is Director of Operations at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and a Board Member on A Way Home - National Coalition to End Youth Homelessness.

MASLOWSKI, Katarzyna(MA 2016)

Katarzyna Maslowski (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Theatre not Therapy!  People with Intellectual Disabilities Involved in the Theatre Companies in Toronto.

MAZZOCCHI, Andrea (MA 2014)

Andrea Mazzocchi (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Low-Income Women Accessing Mental Health Care:  The Intersections of Gender and Poverty. Andrea is a Developmental Service Worker at Kennedy House Youth Services in Toronto.

MCLEAN, Martha (MA 2009)

Martha McLean (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Critical Analysis of Restrictive Policies Implemented in Community-Based Care.

MEIR, Ortal (MA 2014)

Ortal Meir (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on "Where Shall I Go?"  Deaf Women in Divorce Proceedings in the Israeli Courts.

MICELI, Michael (MA 2007)

Michael Miceli (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on An Exploratory Analysis of the Ethnical and Social Implications of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynacologists Canada 2007 New Clinical Practice Guidelines.

MIKROYIANNAKIS, Iphigenia (MA 2007)

Iphigenia Mikroyiannakis (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Physician’s Influence on the Life of a Person with a Disability. She is working as Project Manager with Trillium Gift of Life, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in Ontario.

MISTRY, Nima (MA 2016)

Nima Mistry (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Representation of Disability in Children's Narratives. Nina works as Enhanced Program Support at ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development for the Region of Peel in Brampton, Ontario.

MIZEL, Ilana (MA 2006)

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Ilana Mizel (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Definitions of Disability in Canadian Constitutional and Human Rights Legislation: Implications for Persons with Chronic Illnesses. Ilana attended the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law where she received a degree in Law (L.L.B.). She is currently Assistant Crown Attorney in Windsor and serves on the Windsor Essex Local Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee.

MOAK, Daniel (MA 2007)

Daniel Moak (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Social Benefits Tribunal:  Overview on Its Ability to Provide and Adequate Check and Balance Mechanism from Disabled Individuals. Daniel is a Comprehensive Health & Safety Supervisor with UPS (United Parcel Service) in Canada.

MOHAMMED, Sadira (MA 2016)

Sadira Mohammed (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on  Barriers Encountered by Ontarians with Intellectual Disabilities when Accessin and Using Housing & Support from the Ministry of Community and Social Services.

MONACO, Maria (MA 2008)

Maria Monaco (formerly Bonaturskaja) (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Experiences of North American and British Women with Disabilities in the Workplace. Maria works for Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs (OFCMHAP).

MOORE, Michiko (MA 2007)

Michiko Moore (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Subjugated Bodies:  Meanings of Race and Disability in the Context of Slavery in the Antebellum South.

MSOSA, Chisomo (MA 2016)

Chisomo Msosa (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Black Lives Matter: A Critical Disability Analysis of Ebola Coverage in North American Media.

MUDRICK KNIZNIK, Talia (MA 2010)

Talia (Mudrick) Kniznik (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Teacher Preparation and Inclusive/Special Education in Ontario Pre-Service Programs. Talia is an ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) Community Class Teacher at the York Region District School Board in Toronto.

MULLINGS, Donna (MA 2014)

Donna Mullings (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Pragmatic Look at the Employment Standard of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005:  Lessons from the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990.

MURRAY, Michelle (MA 2007)

Michelle Murray (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Caribbean Women Writers Conceptualizing Madness through the Caribbean’s colonial and Patriarchal History, Demonstrating How their Effects on Race, Class, Spirituality and Religion Has Led to the Madness Experienced by the Three Female Protagonists: ………

MUSLEH, Ayshia (MA 2006)

Ayshia Musleh (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Can We Come In?  Attitudes Towards People with Disabilities & Chronic Illness in the Palestinian-Canadian Community in Toronto. Ayshia is an Equity & Inclusion Trainer and Accessibility Consultant with a specialization in community engagement and organizational change at George Brown College in Toronto.

NABBALI, Essya (MA 2008)

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Essya Nabbali (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on On the Social Model of Disability and Its Applicability to Mad PrideEssay is pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology at Simon Fraser University. Her research interests span the fields of critical theory, identity/politics, social movements, grassroots pedagogy, and international “development,” particularly within medical and colonial sociologies. She has presented both academic papers and creative works on these themes in Canada, Europe, and the United States of America.

In 2013, Essya spent most of the year as a research affiliate of the University of Ghana at Legon. She is a scholar-activist-organizer-educator, currently living, learning, unlearning, and evolving on the unceded Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, Stó:lo, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, the traditional caretakers of the region now generally known as Vancouver, Canada. Essya acknowledges the occupation of these lands, including her own complicity within it, as an explicit form of the decolonization work that she has been doing. Her early studies examined the intersection between disability and mental/health discourse, focusing specifically on the efforts of Toronto Mad Pride to challenge (psy) forms of social hegemony and celebrate difference and diversity. She later attended to the passage of a new Mental Health Act (Act 846) in Ghana with the support of a research affiliation at the University of Ghana and related ethnographic fieldwork. While Essya continues to explore sociological and anthropological approaches to the human experience, international relations, structural violence, and resilience, she recently turned to hybrid writing (including poetic transcriptions) as a more transformative practice for, and sustainable representation of, the voices and histories that she engages.

NAGY, Erica (MA 2016)

Erica Nagy (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Review of Mental Health Care In Canada: Towards A System-Wide Change In Perception and Treatment.

NAIDOO, Vishaya (MA 2010)

Vishaya Naidoo (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Aging in an Ableist World:  The Multifaceted Complexities of Old Age & the Aging Body.

NILES, Chavon (MA 2009)

Chavon Niles (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Comparison of Regular and Special Education Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions of Teaching Students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs). Chavon is a Guyanese-Canadian PhD Candidate (all but dissertation) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Chavon uses an anti-racist, anti-oppressive and intersectional lens in her position as the Senior Coordinator, Accessibility Initiative at OCASI- Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants where she works to bring greater attention to the challenges and barriers immigrants and refugees with in/visible disabilities experience in Canada. Chavon’s doctoral thesis explores the migration experiences of racialized immigrant youth with in/visible disabilities living in the Greater Toronto Area. She hopes to better understand how participants’ migration experiences come to shape their identity construction and participation (non-participation) in schools and health and human services.

Before  completing a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University, Chavon completed a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Toronto with a specialization in primary/junior education, and an Honors Bachelor of Science degree from McMaster University with an interest in supporting students with in/visible disabilities in the classroom.

NOURY, Joann (MA 2015)

Joann Noury (MA 2015) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Challenges to Internalizing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Egypt.

O'BRIEN, Jennifer (MA 2006)

Jennifer O'Brien (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on A Politics of Hope in the Narratives of People with Dementia. She works as a researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management at the University of Saskatchewan/Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon.

ODELL, Tracy (MA 2005)

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Tracy Odell (MA 2005) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Not Your Average Childhood:  Lived Experience of Children with Physical Disabilities Raised in Bloorview Hospital, Home and School From 1960 To 1989. Tracy is currently Head of the Inclusion Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, and is Treasurer of Citizens with Disabilities Ontario. She was also Director of the Accessibility Program Design and Delivery, and was Manager, Corporate and Program Resource Unit, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch, Ontario Ministry of Education.

O'GRADY ORRICK, Colleen (MA 2008)

Colleen O'Grady Orrick (MA 2008) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Valuing Gerry:  Life Writing, Developmental Disability and Inarticulateness. Her paper examines life writing with or about people who have developmental disabilities and who are also inarticulate. It combines a review of the literature with her reflections on the life of her brother who has Down Syndrome. Colleen says the purpose of this combination of literature and reflection is to inquire into the possible methods and purposes for this type of life writing. The paper demonstrates that there are many possible methods and purposes as well as ethical considerations when engaging in life writing about people who have disabilities. As well, the importance of the historical and cultural context of the person’s life is established as essential to a critical understanding.

ORFANAKOS, Adam (MA 2007)

Adam Orfanakos (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Part-Time Work and Disability:  Towards Accessible Employment for Persons with Disabilities. Adam works as an Investigator at Ombudsman Ontario in Toronto.

OTT, Katelyn (MA 2011)

Katelyn Ott (MA 2011) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Learning to be Flabulous:  An Autoethnographic Journey through Fat-Phobia, Fat-Hated, and Fat-Love. Katelyn is a Student Accessibility Officer in the Office of Student Development & Services at Nipissing University in North Bay, Ontario.

PADMORE, Candace (MA 2005)

Candace Padmore (MA 2005) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University  on Lessons from Our Past:  A Comparison of the Experiences of the Desegregation of Black Students in the United States to the Experiences of Students with Disabilities in Mainstream Schools.  Candace is a Paralegal at Ascot Lawyers Ltd in Guildford, United Kingdom.

PAREKH, Gillian (MA 2009; PhD 2014)

Gillian Parekh (MA 2009; PhD 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on How Neoliberalism Impacts the Realization of Inclusive Education Both Internationally and Locally:  A Study of Inclusive and Equitable Education Opportunities Within the Toronto District School Board, and a doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Social citizenship and disability : identity, belonging and the structural organization of education. Gillian is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, and is nominated for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Inclusion, Disability and Education.

PARENT, Laurence (MA 2010)

Laurence Parent (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Je Me Souviens:  The Hegemony of Stairs in the Montreal Metro. Laurence is a PhD student in Humanities at Concordia University. She also holds a BA in Political Science from Université du Québec à Montréal. She lives in Montréal and is involved within the Québec Disability Rights Movement. In 2009, she co-founded a disability rights organization called RAPLIQ which aims to eradicate discrimination based on disability. She wrote, directed and produced her first documentary film-Je me souviens: Excluded from the Montréal subway since 1966-  which has won the award of Emerging Artist at the 2010 International Disability Film Festival in Berkeley.

PATERSON, Jennifer (MA 2007)

Jennifer Paterson (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Beyond Clinical and Heteronormative Encounters between Disability and Sexuality:  Kinky Agency and Resistance – a Qualitative Analysis of Issues in the BDSM/KINK Subculture Concerning Kinky People with Disabilities. Jennifer works as an educator, advocate, sexual health educator and writer.  She continues to be passionate about sexuality and disability issues with experience in sexual and reproductive health and experience developing online curriculum and teaching.

PATTERSON, Julie (MA 2009)

Julie Patterson (MA 2009) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Understanding Disability in a Narrative Analysis of the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.

PATTON, Lora (MA 2010)

Lora Patton (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Cop Out:  Police, Mental Health Information and Access to Employment Considered Through a Critical Disability Lens. Lora is a Toronto lawyer, teacher and researcher. Having worked in mental health for over a decade, Lora has previously worked as counsel in the legal aid clinic system, staff lawyer and lecturer in legal education, and as counsel to the Director of the Psychiatric Patient Advocate Office in Ontario. Published in national and international text books, peer reviewed journals and independently funded research, Laura has written in the areas of health law, disability, and access to justice and social justice. She continues to teach at Osgoode Hall Law School (now in the graduate Health section) and at York University with the School of Health Policy and Management. As a Senior Lawyer member of the Consent and Capacity Board, Laura has presided over all types of complex matters coming before the Board. A Vice-Chair of the Board since 2013, Laura has taken on additional responsibilities including adjudicator recruitment and training, education and evaluation of members; education and information for stakeholders and the public; and senior advice on diverse aspects of Board administration.

PHROMRATSAMY, Judy (MA 2014)

Judy Phromratsamy (MA 2014) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Navigating Through Social Responses To My Disability:  My Multifaceted Journey with Strangers. Judy is a Program Support Clerk with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services in Toronto.

PROSZOWSKI, Tom (MA 2007)

 

Tom Proszowski (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Employees with Disabilities in Canadian Workforce:  a Critical Discourse.  Tom is currently working as a self-employed consultant in the area of employment equity, diversity and human rights, with special emphasis on inclusion of persons with disabilities. He is also contributing to the community by volunteering on the Board of Directors of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and by leading the development of the Handcycling Club of Canada.

Prior to his recent retirement, Tom worked in leadership positions at CIBC, Scotiabank and BMO in the area of employment equity, diversity and inclusion. He also worked at the Canadian Paraplegic Association, first as a Community Counsellor and then as the Director of Rehab Services. Tom’s other professional experiences include management of employment agency and entrepreneurship.

QUARTER, David (MA 2010)

David Quarter (MA 2010) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Assisted Suicide, Euthanasia and Other Ending Life Decisions and the Implications for Disabled People.

RANKIN, Joanna (PhD 2015)

Joanna Rankin (PhD 2015) completed a PhD in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a doctoral dissertation on Disability and Discourse: The Role of Disability in the Popular Culture Book Club. Joanna is a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant at WorkSafe Victoria in British Columbia.

RAVEENDRAN, Vinthika (MA 2016)

Vinthika Raveendran (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Intersections of War and Disability: The Context of Disabled Tamil Women in Sri Lanka. Vinthika is Director of Research and Development at the TraumAssist Non Profit Organization in Toronto.

RENNER, Stephanie (MA 2007)

 

Stephanie Renner (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on The Representation of Down Syndrome in Children's Literature:  A Guide for Parents and Teachers. Stephanie went on to pursue a doctoral degree in Cultural Foundations of Education at Syracuse University. She is currently employed by Mamsi Life And Health Insurance Company. Stephanie lives in Bean Station, Tennessee.

RICHMOND, Aaron (MA 2016)

Aaron Richmond (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Harry Potter, Special Education, and the Canadian Supreme Court: A Comparative Legal and Literary Analysis. Aaron's scholarly interests include exploring the intersections between philosophy and critical disability studies, as well as the representations of people with disabilities in English literature, on television, and in films. Aaron hopes that his contributions will start discussions about the roles that characters with disabilities play, for example in the acclaimed television series Downtown Abbey, and by extension within our society.  This is because persons with disabilities should be, in the words of Mrs. Hughes from Downton Abbey, "no different to the rest of us."

RIDDLE, Christopher (MA 2006)

Christopher Riddle (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on On Disability & Equality:  Rethinking the Relationship Between Disability, Equality & Social Justice. Christopher went on to graduate with a doctoral degree in Philosophy from Queen's University, and is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Utica College in Utica, New York State.

RIMON-GREENSPAN, Hila (MA 2006)

Hila Rimon-Greenspan (MA 2006) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Disability Politics in Israel.  The Role of Civil Society Actors in Advancing Policy Change. Hila is a researcher at The Bizchut Organization - The Israel Human Rights Center for People with Disabilities in Jerusalem, Israel.

RINALDI, Jen (PhD 2013)

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Jen Rinaldi (PhD 2013) completed a PhD in the Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a dissertation on  Autonomy, Equality, and Respect for Difference: Investigating Principle-Based Approaches to Technologically Mediated Reproductive ContextsJen is an Assistant Professor in the Legal Studies Program at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Her current work engages with narrative and arts-based methodologies to re-imagine eating disorder recovery in relation to queer community. Rinaldi also works in collaboration with Recounting Huronia, an arts-based collective that explores and stories traumatic histories of institutionalization. See her website (https://jenrinaldiphd.wordpress.com) and follow her on Twitter (@RinaldiJen).

ROLLOCKS, Shequille (MA 2016)

Shequille Rollocks (MA 2016) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Sterilization of Canadian Black Women: Gaps in the Literature and the Need for More Research.

ROSSITER-THORNTON, Lisa (MA 2007)

Lisa Rossiter-Thornton (MA 2007) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University, writing a major research paper on Defining Deafness and Deaf Narratives.

SIKAND, Meenu

Meenu Sikand won the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce.

SILBIGER, Helen

Helen Silbiger is currently working at Stephen Lewis Foundation as Grandmother's Campaign Assistant. Before joining the Foundation, Helen held a position as HIV/AIDS Advisor with the Ministry of Education in Malawi on its project entitled "Equity in Education Project in Malawi". This project addresses the needs of girls and vulnerable students in primary education through HIV/AIDS programming. She had a major success with the first ever World AIDS Day event held on December 1st, 2006.

SINGH, Michelle

Michelle Singh works at Reena as a support worker in Thornhill. This is an agency that works with people with developmental disabilities.

SIVARAJAH, Siva (MA 2017)

Siva Sivarajah (MA 2017) completed a Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on His Roots Had Been Pulled Out of His Soil, a major research paper that builds on Indigenous and critical race feminist approaches to trauma and the conceptualization of mental health of racialized and gendered survivors, using personal narratives, the research argues storytelling, spiritual and/or religious practices and rituals allows, especially queer and Trans, Black Indigenous and people of colour a way of holding on to their ancestral identity after displacement. Siva works as a program and volunteer coordinator at The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University.

STAFFORD, Andrea

Andrea Stafford continues to be the Program Coordinator and Academic Advisor of the Law and Security Administration Program at Sheridan College.

STANIMIROVIC, Aleksandra

Aleksandra Stanimirovic works at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre as Research Coordinator. She has recently co-authored two articles entitled "Expression of the TMPRSS2:ERG fusion gene predicts cancer recurrence after surgery for localised prostate cancer" and "A genome-wide association screen identifies regions on chromosomes 1q25 and 7p21 as risk loci for sporadic prostate cancer"

STONE, Melanie

Melanie Stone  pursued a doctorate degree in History at Western University as of September 2013.

WALKER, Jennifer

Jennifer Walker works as Content Developer at Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario).

WALSH, Samantha

Samantha Walsh is pursuing a doctoral degree at OISE, University of Toronto.

WU, Libo

Libo Wu is a Research Assistant for the Gap Analysis Project on Employment Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities in the Region of Peel.

WEAVER, Courtney (MA 2017)

Courtney Weaver (MA 2017) completed her Masters in Critical Disability Studies at York University on Autism And Its Associate Symbols, and is a passionate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) advocate. She is interested in a career in autism advocacy/autism qualitative research, and is actively seeking to implement her education and skills in the work-field.