Heidi Janz

Heidi Janz, PhD, specializes in the field of Disability Ethics, and has been affiliated with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre since 2006. Heidi is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. She was employed as the Curriculum Coordinator for an emerging Certificate Program in Disability Ethics in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta. In her "other life," Heidi is a writer and playwright. In 2004, she self-published Sparrows on Wheels, a novel for young adults. Her list of produced plays includes: Crips Against the Law of Gravity, produced in the 1994 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival, Returned to Sender, produced by Concrete Theatre in 1997 and by Lone Sparrow Productions for the Edmonton Fringe in the summer of 2001, and Voices at Dying, Dying to be Heard, produced in 2006 for the 16th International Congress on the Care of the Terminally Ill, Montreal, Quebec. Her latest play, The Book of Jobes, was produced by Lone Sparrow Productions and Kompany Family Theatre for the 2011 Edmonton Fringe Theatre Festival. An expanded, two-act version of The Book of Jobes is scheduled for production in Edmonton and Calgary in February of 2013.

Heidi Janz' video contribution in Project Value, a collection of videos by disabled Canadians sharing why disabled lives have value. To view: https://www.facebook.com/projectmyvalue/videos/286991004999593/

Best gifts are given to others by Cam Tait, Edmonton Sun

Redefining Disability by Heidi Janz
An interview on 100 Huntley Street, CTS TV

Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers honoured by DOXA and AMPIA. Three awards for Edmonton-produced NFB short documentary, We Regret to Inform You....

Selected Publications

Sobsey, D. & Janz, H. (2011). Individuals with disabilities. In B. Perry (Ed.), Diversity and Justice in Canada (pp. 292-310). Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Hansen, N.E., Janz, H.L. & Sobsey, D.J. (2008). 21st century eugenics?The Lancet, 372, S104-S107.


Heidi Janz