passionately involved in feminist disability research, teaching/learning and collaboration
Jarislowsky Chair in Families and Work
Canada's Responses to Disability and Development
Third World Thematics, 2016
Canada has taken some positive action in addressing disability in its foreign and development policies, including its long-standing commitments to disabled peoples’ organizations globally, and significant engagement in the drafting process of and subsequent ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). But, ultimately, the lack of a rights-based disability framework in Canada’s global development policies, and the implications of an approach primarily directed to disability prevention and rehabilitation, have combined to make Canada unable to effectively realise its commitments to the CRPD Article 32 on international cooperation.
Using feminist disability studies and intersectionality, this article draws upon the ongoing resource extractions in Labrador, Canada to argue for examining local communities and relationships as one way to understand gender and global social, economic and environmental crises. The article explores how crises in Labrador have been constituted and maintained around global agendas of economic and resource development, historical and current colonial practices and a limited and constrained international relations with local Indigenous nations.
Recently global attention has been directed to the situations of girls and boys with disabilities, yet research tells us little about the experiences and perspectives of girls with disabilities except that their lives are filled with barriers, violence and stigma. I explore how girlhood studies can authentically include girls with disabilities. Drawing on feminist disability studies, I argue that we can use intersectional theory to identify and include the experiences of girls with disabilities, and explore diverse embodiments of girlhood. In doing this we can remove the trump card of disability and see disabled girls as an integral part of girlhood and girlhood studies.
Recognizing that there are pockets of the global South in the global North, I illustrate in this paper how Indigenous and northern children with disabilities and their relationships with their care providers have been rendered invisible and excluded by jurisdictional disputes between levels of government, an ongoing drive to institutionalize children with disabilities and longstanding colonial and capitalist values and systems. The paper highlights how Jordan’s Principle, an Indigenous child-first response offers a small first step in ensuring children with disabilities in Indigenous and northern communities in Canada, access to necessary services in their communities.
in Human Rights: Current Issues and Controversies, edited by Gordon diGiacomo, 2016
In this chapter we consider the landscape of disability rights in Canada in terms of key areas of rights, including access to education, employment, health, legal capacity, transportation, information technologies, and end of life. Despite significant human rights protections, people in Canada with disabilities continue to experience disproportionately high levels of poverty and exclusion. Women, children and youth, and Aboriginal people with disabilities experience even greater marginalization. We ask why this disparity exists between lived experiences and human rights standards, and the extent to which human rights can be used to address this gap.
Race/ethnicity and disability studies: Towards an explicitly intersectional approach