The conference will be held in Vari Hall.  See building #30 on the York map here.






Registration                                                              8:30 – 9:00 am



Session 1                                                                   9:00 – 10:00 am


Panel 1

A Place to Call Home: Intellectual Disabilities and Residential Services in Nova Scotia

Rachel Barken


The Ashley Smith Tragedy: Reconsidering the Mental Health Needs of Women and Girls in Custody

Christina J.  Hollingshead




Panel 2

As the Shoulder Heals: One Woman’s Experience Surviving Two Car Accidents

Sandra Broekhof


A Journey Toward Empowerment: Perspectives of A Disability Rights Activist

Julia Munk



Session 2                                                                   10:15 – 11:15 am


Panel 1

Two Cultures, One Programme: Deaf Professors as Subaltern?

Campbell McDermid


More than an Accomplishment: Deaf Education in the Maritimes, 1856 – 1892

Joanna L. Pearce




Panel 2

(Mis) Perception of Change: Education Opportunities at

the Toronto District School Board 40 Years Later

Gillian Parekh


The Ethical Integration of Brain Machine Interfaces: Towards

the Cyborganization of Disabled People

Stella Palikarova



Lunch                                                                         11:15 – 12:15 pm



Session 3                                                                   12:15 – 1:15 pm


Panel 1

Mad People in Academia

Jenna Reid


How a Counter-discourse to the Psychopathology of ‘Obsessions’ Departs from the Trope of ‘Mad Genius’: An Autoethnographic Study of Relationality from ‘Local to Universal’

Louise Tam




Panel 2

Too Much Has Happened That Will Never be Told: Lesbian Madness

Narratives Since the 1970s

Alisa Das


Everyday Monsters: Assuming the Threat of the Black Disabled Feminine Subject

Onyinyechukwu Udegbe



Session 4                                                                   1:30 – 2:30 pm


Panel 1

Work (in progress)

Chavisa Brett


“If I Had A Normal Job I Couldn’t Do This”: Exploring The Economics of Disability Advocacy Motherhood and Inclusive Education

Samantha Walsh & Elisabeth Harrison




Panel 2

Rendering Bodies: Medical Aesthetics and Contemporary Art

Drew Danielle Belsky


The Power of the Music of the Night: Alterity and Resistance Through Gothic Subversion in the Phantom of the Opera

Sarah Sackville McLauchlan



Art Exhibition and Poster Session                       2:30 – 3:00 pm



Keynote Address                                                    3:00 – 4:00 pm


The Campaign for a Barrier-Free Ontario – What Progress? What Prospects?

David Lepofsky



Roundtable                                                                4:00 – 5:00 pm

Disability in Academia: Debating the Merits

Presented by Access York, this panel will explore the goals and considerations of studying disability in academia. “Experts” on disability from a wide range of disciplines (e.g. Psychology, Rehabilitation, Education, Science, Critical Disability Studies) will compare and contrast their own views on “studying” disability. Through highlighting an oppressive past in disability research, “experts” will discuss how to proceed in the future. Questions considered include: How does one study disability? Is there a right way to study disability; and if so, who decides what that is? How can seemingly opposing views on studying disability collaborate and benefit from each other? Or is that even possible? What is the merit in having these perceived opposing views? How does this inform future research and study?


Reception                                                                  5:00 – 7:00 pm

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