Accessibility continues to evolve to include non-physical spaces such as education, curriculum, governance and employment, and is increasingly being applied to a larger spectrum of individuals.
This discussion seeks to explore the cross-sectional culture of accessibility with a panel of guests who provide unique perspectives from personal, lived experiences.
Brandon Wint is an Edmonton-based poet, educator and spoken word artist. For Brandon, the writing and performance of poetry are tools for investigating and embodying his spectrum of beliefs about the world and human spirit nuances.
Emily is a communications freelancer and empowerment speaker that pushes the boundaries of her disability. She travels solo throughout Latin America while working remotely for startups in Calgary and New York. She brings her youth empowerment program, Mission I’m Possible, to schools and universities around Edmonton.
Joshua St. Pierre
Joshua St. Pierre is an assistant professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta working in Critical Disability Studies and contemporary political theory. His research is focused on the role of disabled speech in political and economic theory and he is interested in the many ways that embodied speakers become legible—or conversely are rendered illegible/unintelligible/irrational/non-human—through “ableist” norms that traverse social, political and economic spaces and temporalities.
Jenna Hoff is an Edmonton-based freelance editor and writer and former pediatric physical therapist who lives with mobility and communication diversities as well as with chronic pain. Riding “Lucy,” her power wheelchair, year round throughout the city in sun, rain and snow, she has experienced her share of physical accessibility issues.
William ‘Bill’ Thompson
Bill Thompson is an English professor at MacEwan University in the Faculty of Arts and Science who writes fiction and teaches childrens’ and young adult books. Bill is a writer, teacher and storyteller who is blind. As a storyteller, I have presented at schools and community events, as well as major festivals in Canada, such as the Edmonton Storytelling Festival and the Yukon International Storytelling Festival. While Bill mostly tells kids’ stories, he also speaks about his own experience as a blind person navigating a sighted world.
Dr. Alissa Overend
Dr. Alissa Overend is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and the coordinator for the gender studies minor. Alissa teaches and researches in the areas of critical health and food studies as well as intersectional inequality. Alissa is currently working on a project that seeks to assess faculty attitudes towards Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies, and is finishing up a book project on Dietary Discourse in a Post-Truth Culture.
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