Q&A with Rachel Desjourdy, Accessibility Advisor

Every week, the Equity team receives quite a few questions about the kinds of work our advisors do. This week, we asked Rachel Desjourdy, Accessibility Advisor, to answer three of the questions she gets asked most often...

Rachel Desjourdy, Accessibility Advisor in the Equity team wearing a t-shirt that reads "Ableism is Trash”
Rachel Desjourdy, Accessibility Advisor in the Equity team


  1. What does an Accessibility Advisor do?

As the Accessibility Advisor, I provide advice to members of the McGill community (e.g., employees with disabilities, supervisors, deans, chairs, HR advisors) on issues related to disability, accessibility, and universal design, as it connects to the experiences of staff and faculty with disabilities. I help facilitate workplace accommodation planning for employees, consult on accessibility issues, and provide professional development/training on topics related to accessibility.

  1. What is the Central Accommodation Fund?

The Central Accommodation Fund assists with the purchase of disability-related accommodations for employees with disabilities at McGill.

  1. How can I be inclusive of people with disabilities in my role at McGill?

There are lots of ways that you can participate in creating a more equitable and inclusive McGill for people with disabilities. A few ideas to get you started:

Have another great idea? You can always reach out to the Accessibility Advisor, Rachel Desjourdy (Rachel.desjourdy [at] mcgill.ca)!

Stay tuned for future team Q&As! 




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For more information about traditional territory and tips on how to make a land acknowledgement, visit our Land Acknowledgement webpage.

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