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Mandate and Defining Disability

Date of publication: February 17 2021, 07:18

Mandate

AcTinSite’s work aims to create a more inclusive workforce within Canada. We pursue this aim through a collaborative research project related to improving accessibility in educational placement. AcTinSite is a group of researchers and institutions collaborating to reach the purposes of this project.

Four disabled people of color face each other in a open circle during a meeting. Two Black people sit on a couch with a cane leaning off the side while a Black non-binary person stands with a tablet and cane. A South Asian person in a wheelchair takes notes.

Using a participatory design process, we plan to create an online toolbox to help students and practitioners address placement accessibility. We are also creating a community of practice for practitioners to support change in addressing accessibility in placement.

We believe that this research will help anyone involved in the accessibility of educational placement, but it will be of particular benefit to students with disabilities or disabled students.

AcTinSite is taking place over three years, from April 2020 to April 2023. While we are looking into an inclusive workforce in Canada, we located in Ontario, possibly limiting our findings. 

Our Understanding of Disability

We understand disability as a form of political and relational diversity framed through physical and social barriers and individual impairment. 

While we focus on disability, we understand that disability intersects with other forms of oppression. In particular, we think about how gender inequality, racism, and classism intersect with disability. 

AcTinSite does acknowledge and try to work towards decolonisation as they work within and for settler-colonial institutions. Decolonisation is part of our reflective process to help us think and work toward decolonisation.