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National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities - December 2nd 2022 - Addressing Ableism, Disability, and Accessibility in Canadian Higher Education

Leading up to the International Day for Persons with Disabilities, the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) will, on December 2nd 2022, convene the second in the series of National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities. The focus of this year’s dialogues is:  Addressing Ableism, Disability, and Accessibility in Canadian Higher Education. They will explore barriers to learning and working in the post-secondary education sector for persons with disabilities and facilitate co-creation of solutions that provide an inclusive environment for students, faculty, and staff to fully access and participate in the life of their institutions, to flourish, and to feel a meaningful sense of belonging.
The conversation will engage participants from across the Canadian higher education landscape and experts from outside the sector, and will critically address issues such as: structural ableism in the Canadian academy; inclusive curriculum, learning design, work facilitation, and research supports; and inclusive infrastructure, design, and planning.

Based on the deliberations and the co-created solutions that emerge from the dialogues, participants and institutions would be equipped with:

  1. an “equity-deserving” orientation to addressing the systemic impediments and everyday practices that constrain success for members of their communities living with disabilities; and
  2. a wealth of strategies, concrete actions, and accountability mechanisms that they can adopt and implement, as appropriate and necessary for their particular contexts, to enable a truly inclusive environment for all those who work and learn in post-secondary spaces across the country.


Click here to register for the 2022 National Dialogues and Action

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the National Dialogues and Action for Inclusive Higher Education and Communities?

It is a series of national forums focused on addressing equity and inclusion in the higher educations sector in Canada.

Why was this initiative started?

This initiative, involving a series of national dialogues, recognizes the multitude of equity and inclusion issues within the higher education sector.  Our institutions have a critical role to play in addressing the barriers and disparities that we know are experienced by equity-deserving groups.  The goal of these national conversations, across a range of topics, is to move beyond talk to create and implement effective and sustainable concrete actions to address inequities within our institutions and across our sector.

Do I need to register to attend the virtual event? 

Yes, you will need to enter your name and email address to enjoy the virtual event features. Once you register you, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to attend the event on Dec 02, 2022.

Will accessible services be available?

Accessible services, including American Sign Language and Closed Captioning will be available in both English and French.

What topics will be discussed?

10:00-10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:15-11:45am Session 1: Ableism and the Canadian Academy – Interrogating the Culture and Systems of Exclusion
11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Break
12:30 - 2:00 p.m. Session 2: Inclusive (Co/Extra) Curriculum and Learning Design, Work Facilitation, and Research Supports
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Health Break
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Session 3: Inclusive Infrastructure Design and Planning: From Procurement to Technology Systems and the Built Environment
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Wrap-Up and Next Steps for Action