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December 2017: Former MA student in Critical Disability Studies, and now current PhD student in Health Policy & Equity, Samadhi Mora Severino and her son Ethan provided statements at a Queen's Park Conference with Ontario Disability Coalition. The issue pertains to inequitable access to therapies for children with disabilities, including Occupational Therapy (OT), Physical Therapy (PT), Speech Language Pathologist work (SPL), and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC).

See the following links for each statement and entire Press Conference.

  1. Ethan's statement
  2. Samadhi's statement
  3. The Entire Press Conference

Grad Chat 8 August 2017 Episode on CFRC Radio (Queen's University)
The Lake Shift featuring Ph.D. students from 14 Ontario Universities

Yvonne Simpson(PhD Candidate, Critical Disability Studies, York University), Madison Bettle(Western University), Paula Karger (University of Toronto)

Yvonne Simpson, PhD Candidate in the Critical Disability Studies program (2017) at York University was recently interviewed at the The Lake Shift, a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities.  The interview was aired on CFRC, the Queen's University radio station on August 8th, 2017.

Overview: The Lake Shift is a thesis writing retreat for doctoral students from Ontario universities. The five day retreat took place from Sunday, July 9th to July 14th, 2017 at the Queen’s Biology Station on Lake Opinicon (a 50 minute drive north of Kingston). The retreat provided doctoral students with structured time to write, workshops on tips for effective dissertation writing, opportunities to network with other graduate students and all in a beautiful location. The objective of the retreat was to enable doctoral students to make substantial progress in writing their thesis and to develop foundations to maintain that momentum. The fringe benefits of The Lake Shift included swimming, boating, hiking and campfire conversations and make for a balance of the cerebral with the physical and social for a well-rounded experience.


18 July 2017 Channel 24 Interview (Bengali Television): Marcia Rioux (Inaugural Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program Director, and current Professor in Critical Disability Studies, Faculty of Health, York University) interviewed about her work promoting recognition in Bangladesh and on a global scale of people with disabilities and their abilities in the workplace.

Note: Interview begins in Bengali with English starting 24 seconds in broadcast.


  • The 180 on CBC Radio hosted by Jim Brown.

11 January 2017 Episode Featured Speaker/Guest: York University Critical Disability Studies PhD student Kim Sauder, who says most of the discussion around Meryl Streep's 2017 Golden Globes speech missed an important point: that by using the anecdote of Trump mocking the disabled reporter, Streep perpetuated his distraction tactic, and patronized disabled people.


  • Handi-Link is a cross disability issues program run primarily out of 99.1 FM in Windsor/Detroit. It is, however, syndicated on a national radio database carried by 6-7 additional stations across Canada each week. The host of Handi-Link, Cameron Wells has been privileged to cover stories that frankly defy imagination, including a quadriplegic pilot; a man who organized a blood drive in a field to cure his village of leprosy; and a theatre in China taking an innovative approach regarding sign language for deaf patrons. The show has been honoured locally and nationally with noteable guests, including Marlee Matlin (Dancing with the Stars, Law & Order), R.J. Mitte (Breaking Bad, as well as faculty and staff in the Critical Disability Studies graduate program at York University.

2018

26 October 2018 Episode Features Speakers/Guests: Neil Belanger: BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society; Holly Sine, Ontario Prader-Willi Syndrome Association; Michelle Shelley, PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies.

21 September 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Pamela Mertz: National Stuttering Association, Dragana Ciric Milovanovic DRI, Huma Saeedi, M.Sc., M.A., RP Guided Path Trauma Therapy Services, with special thanks to Sukaina Dada, PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies, and Eric Rosenthal for the interview referrals.

14 September 2018 Episode Panel Discussion with Featured Speakers/Guests: Professor Marcia Rioux and Graduate Students from Critical Disability Studies - Michelle Shelley, Sukaina Dada, Russell Rozinskis, Scott White, Anne Jackson; and Dr. Ashleigh Molloy, disabilities advocate.

27 July 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Sean Wiltshire Avalon\Employment;  Anne Jackson, disabilities researcher/PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies, Rene Dallaire Association Quebecquoise de voile adaptee .

20 July 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Sreedhar Ganta, DRPI; Carla Tordbidone, Meta Centre; DJ David Squeaky Wheelz

13 July 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Brian Keshen: Reena; Tammy Bernasky, York University, PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies, and Disability Rights Promotion International Aware Project

29 June 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Larry Mathieson: Easter Seals Alberta; York University, PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies, Michelle Shelley

25 May 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Justice Fournier, trainer; Nancy Niebrugge National Braille Institute; Abeer Zuberi, Smile Canada; Topher Braithwaite Compassion Canada-Episode mentions one of the projects of York University PhD Candidate in Critical Disability Studies, Sukaina Dada.

27 April 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Sukaina Dada PhD Candidate, Critical Disability Studies graduate program, York University, and advocate for Muslim disability access; Chavon Niles OCASI (Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants); Karleigh Rock, St. Clair College.

20 April 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Andrea Carey, Sport4Life; Natalie Babin Defresne, Canadian Human Rights Commission; Susan Lynn Hardie, PhD, Canadian Centre on Disability Studies (special thanks to Marcia Rioux, Professor, Critical Disability Studies graduate program, York University, and Disability Rights Promotion International for arranging contact with Susan Hardie)

6 April 2018 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Sukaina Dada PhD Candidate, Critical Disability Studies graduate program, York University, and advocate for Muslim disability access; David Lepofsky, AODA Alliance, Neil Belanger, BCANDS (British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society).

19 January 2018 Episode Featured Speaker Guests: Dr. Agnes Ward, Maccomb County Mental Health; Sukaina Dada, PhD Candidate, York University student in Critical Disability Studies graduate program, and advocate for Muslim disability access.

2017

17 November 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Joshua Kennison, Paralympic Bronze Medalist, Emily McIntyre DRPI, Kathryn Underwood, Ryerson University.

3 November 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Marina Morrow (Chair and Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, Faculty of Health, York University, Kathrine Underwood, nicole: DRPI summit, Patricia Grey: car crash survivor, Brian Granby: Little Bird Pediatric Dentistry.

27 October 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Justin Many Fingers, Robin Simmons, Joanne Dellaire, Melanie Marsden: York University/DRPI Summit on Indigenous Culture and Disability.

18 August 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Emily McIntyre, DRPI (Disability Rights Promotion International); Sreedhar Ganta, DRPI Aware; Marika van Dommelen, Rick Hansen Foundation.

11 August 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Meghan Howard CEDSA; Sean Wilshire, Paula Hearn, DRPI (Disability Rights Promotion International); David Lepofsky, AODA.

7 July 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Allison Dunning (Mood Disorders Association); Penny Hartin (World Blind Union).

23 June 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Deirdre Floyd (Epilepsy expert); Jen Rinaldi (Centre for Disability Studies, York University Critical Disability Studies, PhD 2013)

2 June 2017 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Russell Roxinskis; Jen Rinaldi (Canadian Disability Studies Association (CDSA), York University Critical Disability Studies, PhD 2013); Landon Penner (Adapt Abilities).

27 January 2017 Episode Featured Speaker/Guest: Dr. Marcia Rioux (York University, Professor, Critical Disability Studies), DRPI (Disability Rights Promotion International).

13 January 2017 Episode Featured Speaker/Guest: Alexis Buttegen (York University, Critical Disability Studies, PhD 2016).

2016

18 November 2016 Episode  Featured Speaker/Guest: Alexis Buttegen (York University, Critical Disability Studies, PhD 2016) Disability Rights Promotion International.

7 April 2016 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Jose Viera, DRPI (Disability Rights Promotion International); Karleigh Rock (CICE); Joana Szeen (Crohn's and Colitis Foundation)

2012

12 July 2012 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Normand Boucher (University of Laval); Rados Keravica (Disability Rights Promotion International Regional Officer).

15 June 2012 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Irene Carter, Stephanie Cragg (U of W School of Social Work); Huhana Hickey (Disability Legal Expert from New Zealand)

7 June 2012 Episode Featured Speakers/Guests: Harvey Goldberg (Canadian Human Rights Commission); Therese Bustos (Professor of Special Education, University of the Philippines).

2011

Very First Handi-Link Episode (2011) Featured Speaker/Guest: Dr. Marcia Rioux (York University, Professor, Critical Disability Studies), DRPI (Disability Rights Promotion International).


 

  • Society for Disability Studies (SDS) Conference, Disability in the Geo-Political Imagination, at Temple University.

June 2010 Presentation for the SDS Conference by Marcia Rioux (Inaugural Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program Director, and current Professor in Critical Disability Studies, Faculty of Health, York University) and Associate Professor Isabel Killoran (Former Critical Disability Studies Graduate Program Director, Faculty of Health, and currently Cross-Appointed to Critical Disability Studies in the Faculty of Education at York University).