Disability, Access, Equity & Education: Creating Welcoming Communities

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St. Francis Xavier University

Charles V. Keating Millennium Centre

1100 Convocation Blvd.

Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5

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Join us at St. Francis Xavier University (St.F.X.) on August 26th-27th for a two-day gathering that explores questions of disability, access, equity and education from diverse perspectives. St.F.X. is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

The main goals of this gathering are to share knowledge, inspire curiosity, and develop meaningful relationships among people and groups in the interest of creating and sustaining equitable and welcoming communities.

The program includes activities designed to stimulate conversation and creative approaches to disability and difference in university, education, work and community settings. Conversations will encourage consideration of disability in all its diversity, and will be guided by invited leaders from across the Atlantic region and Central and Western Canada. This will provide a foundation for a network connecting universities, organizations and communities.

This event is free of charge and open to everyone. Day 1 will close with a networking dinner at the Social Enterprise and Convention Centre, 75 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish.*

*PLEASE NOTE: REGISTRATION FOR THE DINNER CLOSED AUGUST 13th.

Accessibility: Mics will be used and CART will be provided. All activities will be in one building that is designated as scent-free and has barrier-free and single stall washrooms and a quiet space on site. Parking is included and adjacent to the building. Please let us know of any information or questions about access and accommodation by emailing: AtlanticIntersectionalDS[at]gmail.com.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the organizers at AtlanticIntersectionalDS[at]gmail.com. Updates will be posted here as they become available.


For visitors to Antigonish, accommodations are available at the Maritime Inn, Antigonish (website: https://www.maritimeinns.com/maritime-inn-antigonish).

While you are here, stay a while! Information about some of Antigonish's many attractions can be found via the following link: https://www.novascotia.com/about-nova-scotia/regions/northumberland-shore/antigonish.


PROGRAM

MONDAY, AUGUST 26, 2019

10:00AM-10:15AM: COFFEE & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

10:15AM-10:45AM: LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, WELCOME & INTRODUCTION

10:45AM-12:45PM: OPENING PLENARY

  • Anne McGuire, Assistant Professor, Equity Studies Program, New College, University of Toronto & Kelly Fritsch, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University: “A Broken Politics For A Disabled World”
  • OmiSoore Dryden, James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Associate Professor, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology, Dalhousie University: “Constituted as a Problem: Black Queer Life and the Politics of (Equity, Diversity and) Inclusion”
  • Susan Hardie, Executive Director, Eviance [Canadian Centre on Disability Studies]: “You Are Not Alone: Realizing An Inclusive, Equitable And Accessible Society For All Together”?
  • Discussant: Katie Aubrecht, Canada Research Chair Health Equity & Social Justice, Assistant Professor, Sociology, St.F.X.

12:45PM-1:45PM: LUNCH

1:45PM-2:45PM: CONCURRENT SESSION 1

  • WORKSHOP: Unpacking Intersectionality: A Workshop Exploring (Dis)Ability, Equity & Inclusion (Susan Hardie & Evan Wicklund, Eviance)
  • ORAL PRESENTATIONS – Reimagining Inclusion in Classrooms & Communities
    • Cornelia Schneider, Associate Professor, Education, Mount Saint Vincent University: ”Between Children’s Rights and Disability Rights: Accessibility, Inclusion and Participation of Children with Disabilities”
    • Chris Gilham & Joanne Tompkins, Faculty of Education, St.F.X. University: “How Infusing an Inclusion Education Course in a Bachelor of Education Program with an Explicit Disability Studies in Education Focus Impacts Pre-Service and New In-Service Teachers’ Classroom Practices”
    • Patricia Douglas, Assistant Professor, Education, Brandon University: “Nothing About Us Without Us! Vital Conversations with Disability Studies in a Faculty of Education at a Small Canadian Prairie University
  • ORAL PRESENTATIONS – Accessible Environments
    • Mario Levesque, Professor, Politics & International Relations, Mount Allison University: “Governance Models for Rural Accessible Transportation: Insights from Atlantic Canada
    • Amanda Casey, Associate Professor, Human Kinetics, St.F.X.: “Designing Inclusive and Equitable Spaces for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Universal Design Approach”
    • Erin Austen, Associate Professor, Psychology: “Creating Meaningful Opportunities for Students to Think about Accessibility”
  • CIRCLE CONVERSATION on Disability & Disruption in Higher Education
    • Sarah Reddington, Assistant Professor, Child & Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University: “Challenging Disablism on University Campuses”
    • Donna Trembinski, Associate Professor, History, St.F.X.: “Centering Disability in Humanistic Analysis”
    • Jodi Butler, PhD Student, Memorial University & Instructor, Dalhousie University: “Going Mad in the Academy: Disrupting Pedagogical Practices to Foster Welcoming Communities”

2:45PM-3:00PM: REFRESHMENT BREAK

3:00PM-4:30PM: CREATING & SUSTAINING EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES, CLASSROOMS & WORKPLACES WORLD CAFÉ

  • Where are we, where do we need to be, how do we get there?

4:30-6:00PM: BREAK

5:00-5:30pm Doors Open -Social Enterprise and Convention Centre (CACL)

    • Located at 75 St. Ninian Street, Antigonish

6:00PM-8:00PM DINNER - SOCIAL ENTERPRISE AND CONVENTION CENTRE

6:30PM: PERFORMANCE BY THE PARK BENCH PLAYERS

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2019

8:45AM-9:00AM: COFFEE & LIGHT REFRESHMENTS

9:00AM-9:15AM: WELCOME & REFLECTIONS ON THEMES FROM DAY 1

9:15AM-11:00AM: OPENING PLENARY

  • Claudia Malacrida, AVP Research, University of Lethbridge: “The Dimension Dilemma: Barriers, Detours, and Potholes on the Road to Equity in the Academy”
  • Cynthia Bruce, Assistant Professor, Education, Acadia University: “Disabled Students, Meaningful Reciprocity, and Faculty Learning: Repositioning Professional Learning for Inclusive Teaching Practice”
  • Discussant: Amy Middleton, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Directorate, Department of Justice: “Government, Community and the Education Sector: Collaborating for an Accessible Nova Scotia”

11:00AM-11:15AM: REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:15AM-12:30PM: CONCURRENT SESSION 2

  • PANEL: DISABILITY & EQUITY AT ST.F.X.
    • Megan Fogarty, Human Rights and Equity Advisor
    • Elizabeth Kell, Coordinator, Accessible Learning
    • Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier, Manager Networks & Ongoing Learning, Coady International Institute
    • Terena Francis, Coordinator, Aboriginal Student Affairs
    • Kelsey Jones, Coordinator African Descent Student Affairs
    • Claydon Goering, Gender & Sexual Diversity Advisor
    • Cecil van Buskrik, St.F.X. Student Union President
  • ORAL PRESENTATIONS: WELCOMING CLASSROOMS, COMMUNITIES & RELATIONS TO BODIES
    • Brent Ashfield, Education Student, St.F.X.: “Model of Equity and Inclusion for Disability Sport: Antigonish Bulldogs Para-ice Hockey"
    • Brenda LeFrancois, Professor, School of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland: “Politicizing Madness and Fostering Welcoming Mad Communities in Atlantic Canada”
    • Jane Dryden, Associate Professor, Philosophy, Mount Allison University: “Gut Metaphors and Rhetorics of Control”

12:30PM-1:30PM: LUNCH

1:30PM-3:00PM: CONCURRENT SESSION 3

  • PEDAGOGICAL WORKSHOP: Anne McGuire: “Access as Pedagogy: Exploring Collective Practices of Teaching and Learning”
  • COMMUNITY CIRCLE CONVERSATION on Equitable Community Relations:
    • Rachel Power, Artist in Residence at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital through Arts Health Antigonish! (AHA!)
    • Sarah O’Toole, Chair, Antigonish Culture Alive
    • Jenn Power, Regional Leader, L’Arche Atlantic
    • Rosie Sylliboy, General Manager, Mawi’tamk Society
    • Lisa Lunney Borden, Professor, Education, St.F.X., George Frempong, Director of Research, Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute, Kelsey Jones, ST.F.X. Coordinator African Descent Student Affairs

3:00PM-3:15PM: BREAK

3:15PM-4:15PM: UNIVERSITY-COMMUNITY COLLABORATION PLENARY

  • Steve Estey, Council for Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), Canada’s Official NGO Delegate for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilitie
  • Dulcie McCallum, Special Advisor, Canada’s Official Delegation for the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Honourable Senator Mary Coyle
  • Antigonish Mayor Laurie Boucher
  • Antigonish County Councillor Gary Mattie

4:15PM-4:30PM: CLOSING REFLECTIONS & DISCUSSION OF NEXT STEPS:

• Edited Book(s);

• Atlantic Intersectional Disability Studies Network;

• Collaborative Research Team/Proposal Development.

4:30PM: WRAP-UP AND ADJOURNMENT



Artwork “Journeying”used with the permission of the artist Anne Camozzi ©️ For more info visit www.annecamozzi.com




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