National AccessAbility Week

May 29 - June 4


National AccessAbility Week

This National AccessAbility Week (May 29 to June 4) we recognize University of Alberta researchers, teachers, learners and community members who are combatting ableism and removing barriers to accessibility. We also acknowledge the road ahead to become a more disability-inclusive university.

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U of A community working towards better accessibility and inclusion

In recognition of National AccessAbility Week, here are eight ways U of A community members are striving to create a future accessible to all

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‘Think of the whole child, not just their ears’

Joanne Weber is breaking new ground in exploring how arts-based learning can give deaf children every possible advantage in language development.

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Making room for all kids to thrive

Strategies to foster inclusion and help you broaden your community.

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Exclusive inclusion: Diverse-ability in STEM

A graduate student in the Department of Chemistry shares how STEM communities might better address inequality and barriers faced by researchers with disabilities.

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Invention is designed to switch thoughts into action

Device would allow children with severe mobility issues to control toys or even powered wheelchairs with their minds.

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Lifelong stutterer makes tremendous progress, becomes a donor to help others access program

John Carnegie overcame his fear of speaking at work and on the phone through the three-week intensive program at ISTAR (Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research).

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Danielle Peers: At the intersections of inclusion

Meet Danielle Peers, a former Paralympian, a scholar and professor, artist, speaker, filmmaker, performer, and activist. Peers works in the multi-disciplinary field of critical disability studies examining the practices that enable or constrain wide participation in parasport.

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Being open to the unknown leads to unexpected opportunities for KSR grad

Alumna and aspiring Paralympian Sierra Roth finds deep meaning in helping others with disabilities navigate the world of sport and activity.

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Study sheds light on accessibility on popular Whyte Avenue commercial corridor

Findings reveal barriers that create inequities where some people can access spaces while others cannot.

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Student innovator spotlight: John Christy Johnson

A biomedical engineering graduate student is using his research on wheelchair biomechanics to help create a more accessible world.

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Design expert builds quality of life into spaces for people with ‘invisible’ disabilities

Ensuring physical accessibility is only the beginning of creating places where people can “be who they are,” says design consultant and ALES PhD student Lara Pinchbeck.

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From exclusion to inclusion: challenging the disability narrative

Joshua St. Pierre named Canada Research Chair in Critical Disability Studies.

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