Friday, March 22, 2019

Engaging Cognitive Diversity in the Workplace with Dr. Jacqueline Pei and Aamena Kapasi

Time: 9:30 am to 10:30 am 

Panel Discussion: 10:30 am to 11:30 am 

Location: Education South Room 165

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Description: Leading researchers will deliver an overview of cognitive diversity.  Through a specific focus on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD), they will present key themes in supporting success in individuals with disability.  Following the research presentation, a panel of campus professionals, with expertise in managing disabilities in the workplace, will explore ways to create welcoming and supportive environments for individuals whose patterns of behaviours may cause barriers to working and learning.  Attend this session to unpack and advance awareness of cognitive diversity! 

Bio: Jacqueline Pei (R. Psych., PhD) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta. Also a practicing Registered Psychologist for the past fifteen years, Dr Pei began her career as a criminologist and forensic counselor working with incarcerated youth. Motivated by this early work, she returned to academia to study youth at risk, child development, and neuropsychology, leading to her current focus on interventions for individuals with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Building on her work with various community and government agencies, Dr Pei currently leads the Intervention Network Action Team (iNAT) for the Canada FASD Research Network a role that facilitates the link between research, policy, and practice.

Bio: Aamena Kapasi is a fourth year PhD student in School and Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Alberta. Aamena has a passion for both research and clinical work with children, youth, and families. Aamena's research is focused on supports and interventions for individuals with FASD. Over the past year and a half Aamena has worked on a project specifically exploring employment for individuals with FASD.

The Poetics of Visual Language: Deaf Performance in Action by Chris Dodd and Jolanta Lapiak

Time: 12 pm to 1 pm 

Location: Arts-based Research Studio Department of Secondary Education 4-104 Education North

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DescriptionAn engaging showcase of the Deaf performing arts featuring a blend of modern dramatic arts, along with storytelling, ASL poetry and mixed multi-media. Join local Deaf performers Chris Dodd, Jolanta Lapiak and special guests for an event that demonstrates the evocative power of American Sign Language in performance. The show includes rich and multilayered ASL poetry and Deaf performance art by Lapiak and an excerpt from Dodd's play, "Deafy", a tragicomedy featuring Nathan Jesper, a professional public speaker, who relays stories of his daily misfortunes of being a Deaf man. This event will feature an opportunity for open discourse following the performances where the audience can engage with the performers and learn more about Deaf culture and performance.

This event will be ASL/English accessible.

Bio: Jolanta Lapiak is an Ameslan (American Sign Language) literary and media artist, artivist, narrator, and poet in multimedia: video, performance art, photography, digital art and/or text. Born and raised multiculturally, Jolanta had lived in multiple cities in Canada and the U.S. and Europe. She has presented, exhibited, and performed nationally and internationally. She loves travelling aboard. Her works explore artistic and literary elements in ASL, grammatology (art/science of writing) and various ways of writing/speaking (both in ASL) with a unique blend of cinematic vocabulary, lingual choreography, written/spoken calligraphy, poetry, and storytelling techniques, using ASL. Some of her works challenge as well as deconstruct phonocentric traditions of textuality and poetry. Her works are inspired by Japanese art (calligraphy, specifically). 

Bio: Chris Dodd is a Deaf performing artist and playwright. He is the founder and artistic director of Canada’s national theatre showcase dedicated to the Deaf performing arts, SOUND OFF: A Deaf Theatre Festival, which is done in collaboration with Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre. He is an artistic associate with Workshop West and is one of their Playwrights in Development. Recent writing credits include “Alicia and the Machine” which was commissioned by Concrete Theatre for the 2017 edition of Spouts New Play Festival for Kids and upcoming writing credits include his new work in development, "Deafy". Recent performing credits include "Queen Seraphina and the Land of Vertebraat" with Saskatoon's Sum Theatre, "Gravity" with Theatre Yes, and “Ultrasound” with Toronto's Theatre Passe Muraille, where he assisted with the creation of the Deaf Artists and Theatres Toolkit (DATT), which is dedicated to engaging Deaf audiences and performers within professional theatres. Chris holds a BA (honors) degree from the University of Alberta’s Drama program.