Disability Working Group

About the Group
“relay doll” from Persimmon Blackbridge’s Constructed Identities
Image by Della McCreary.
“Relay Doll” from Persimmon Blackbridge's Constructed Identities

The Disability Working Group is a community of researchers, students, members of the disability community, allies and other stakeholders interested in disability studies, culture and policy. It aims to:

  • Provide opportunities to disability scholars and students, activists and practitioners from different backgrounds to present their research, work and projects in the area of disability studies and reform, broadly understood.  
  • Provide a platform for collaboration across disciplines and universities, and facilitate grant application, and community and policy involvement in relation to disability, broadly understood.  
  • Connect prospective students with disability researchers in Montreal and facilitate inter-departmental supervision.  
  • Keep members informed of other academic events related to disability in other research clusters at McGill or elsewhere in Montreal or online.

How to Contact the Group

If you want to be added to the mailing list, or if you have questions, feel free to contact the Group Convenor, Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry, at jonas-sebastien.beaudry [at] mcgill.ca.

Presenting Disability Research and Project

The Disability Working Group is an initiative of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Its members are active within a number of disability, health, human rights and bioethics clusters in Montreal universities. It welcomes collaborations with researchers, activists and students of any affiliation.

If you are interested in presenting your disability-related research or project to the group, either to disseminate your findings, or propose collaborative endeavours, please contact the group convenor.

The Disability Working Group is interested in disability projects, work and research understood very broadly. For instance, research and projects may be focused on exposing and addressing social inequities and obstacles that persons with disability face, on examining the history and theory of disability or ableism, and on exploring emancipatory endeavours, from policy-making to artistic proposals.

Faculty Members Affiliated to the Disability Working Group*

Jonas-Sébastien Beaudry (group convenor) — Law & Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Agnès Berthelot-Raffard — School of Health Policy and Management, York University

Marie-Christine Beshay — School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Stefanie Blain-Moraes – School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Emilie Dionne — Scientist/Researcher, Mary’s Research Centre

Tara Flanagan — Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University

Matthew Hunt — School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University

Patrick McDonagh — Department of English, Concordia University

Kevin McDonough — Department of Integrated Studies in Education & Faculty of Education, McGill University

Karyn Moffatt — School of Information Studies, McGill University

Nathalie Myara — Faculty of Education, University of Montreal

Elizabeth Patitsas — Department of Integrated Studies in Education & School of Computer Science, McGill University

Jonathan Sterne — Department of Art History and Communication Studies, McGill University

Shawn Wilkinson — Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University

* Only members who returned the form authorizing their names to appear here have been included. If you would like your name to appear on this list, please write to the group convenor, and mention your department/university.

Community Partners

Inclusion Canada (formerly Canadian Association for Community Living)

The Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society

Quebec Intellectual Disability Society

Courses Related to Disability Studies Offered at McGill*

BMDE 525: Design of Assistive Technology: Principles and Praxis

COMS 411: Disability, Technology, Communication

EDEC 575: Critical Disability Studies for Education

LAWG 533: Disability Law

LAWG 534: Law & Body

OCC1-625: Functional Environments

POTH 625: Design of Assistive Technology: Principles

*If you would like your course to be added to this list, please contact the group convenor.


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