Experts on accessibility, ableism and inclusion across Canada gather for second National Dialogues and Action | University of Toronto Scarborough News

Experts on accessibility, ableism and inclusion across Canada gather for second National Dialogues and Action

The second National Dialogues focused on ways to address ableism and make post-secondary education in Canada more accessible and inclusive (photo by Summer Leigh)

Article Date
Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Don Campbell

Cassandra Hartblay recalls a time in graduate school when a senior scholar in her field wasn’t able to give feedback on a research presentation she gave at an academic conference.

The scholar, it turned out, missed the session because a requested accommodation wasn’t available.

Not being able to receive feedback from a prominent scholar in her field was a stark reminder for Hartblay that failing to meet even basic standards of accessibility can interrupt teaching and learning on many levels.

It was true for me as a disabilities studies researcher, but it may be true for someone working in a science lab that also isn’t accessible,” said Hartblay, an assistant professor and director of the Centre for Global Disability Studies at U of T Scarborough.

“When someone’s access needs aren’t being met, they’re not able to get feedback to [...]

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