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Past Webinar Recordings

International Day for Persons with Disabilities Event 2021, December 3, 2021

On December 3 of each year, we recognize the International Day for Persons with Disabilities. This annual event acknowledges the humanity, inherent value, and rights of persons experiencing disability and reminds us that all citizens of the world have a stake and a role in authentic inclusion. This year’s event is co-hosted by the Anti-Ableism and Mental Health (AAMH) working group of PACHRED and the Brock Niagara Center of Excellence in Inclusive and Adaptive Physical Activity. It will be a free online event taking place on December 3, 2021, between 11:00 am -1:00 pm.

This year’s event will feature a guest speaker, Dr. Jay Dolmage, from the University of Waterloo, presenting on Academic Ableism, that is, actions, deliberate and conscious or otherwise, that contribute to barriers for and discrimination against members of disability communities in their experience of teaching, learning, research, service, and any other aspects of campus life. He will also suggest ways to participate in anti-ableism.

We will also be recognizing Brock student submissions to the national Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competitions and the recipients of the Brock Inclusion and Accessibility Recognition Award.

Engaging in events committed to diversity and inclusion awareness allows attendees to support the values underpinning inclusion and diversity awareness—the acknowledgement that all humans are worthy and valuable, and all have the right to engage in societal and cultural experiences in an autonomous and participatory fashion. It is also an opportunity to engage with disability identified individuals, their families, allies, and advocates.

Dr Jay Dolmage

Dr. Jay Dolmage Professor, Associate Chair, Undergraduate Communication Outcome Initiative (UCOI), University of Waterloo. Jay is committed to disability rights in his scholarship, service, and teaching. His work brings together rhetoric, writing, disability studies, and critical pedagogy. His first book, entitled Disability Rhetoric, was published with Syracuse University Press in 2014. Academic Ableism: Disability and Higher Education was published with Michigan University Press in 2017 and is available in an open-access version online. Disabled Upon Arrival: Eugenics, Immigration, and the Construction of Race and Disability was published in 2018 with Ohio State University Press. Jay is also the Founding Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.

Brock IDeA Projects Student Submissions IDeA is a national competition that encourages university students to develop innovative, practical, and cost-effective solutions to address barriers and challenges for people with disabilities. Students take an inclusive design approach to create concepts, tools, programs, and initiatives that help overcome physical, technological, systemic, and attitudinal barriers. Collaborating with community partners and persons with disabilities throughout the process provided students the opportunity to develop valuable skills, while contributing to the creation of an accessibility culture in Canada. Brock students submitted applications across several categories and two groups were successful in two categories of the competition.

International Day for Persons with Disabilities Event 2021

Webinar #3 - Recorded Monday Nov 29, 7:00pm

Karyn Taplay is a registered nurse, associate professor, and Chair in the Department of Nursing at Brock University. Her research focuses on a unique method of reflection that enables students and practitioners to reflect on their practice from the patient’s perspective. Through the use of spyglasses and simulation she has developed a novel cost-effective approach to change the perspective of reflection making it truly patient centred.

Melissa Knoops is an assistant lab coordinator at Brock University in the Department of Nursing. She is also a registered nurse who specializes in pediatrics. Melissa recently graduated with her Master of Arts, Applied Health Sciences (Nursing) from Brock. Her research utilized the spyglasses and simulation methodology, and her thesis was titled “From Their Eyes: Reflecting from the Pediatric Patient’s Perspective, An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis”.

This presentation discusses the methodology of using spyglasses and simulation to facilitate reflective practice from the patient’s perspective. The findings from three different studies will be shared highlighting the significant impact this approach can have on students of healthcare disciplines, as they learn to care for patients, and learn about themselves through reflection. The presentation highlights how this method can be used to teach learners about providing care to individuals in any person-focused service delivery experience. Additionally, the presentation highlights how this method allows learners to adapt or modify their practice, to ultimately improve their care.

Spyglasses and Simulation with Dr Karyn Taplay and Melissa Knoops

Webinar #2 - Recorded October 25 2021, 7:00pm

Jeff Tiessen: Paving Pathways to Parasport Participation

Jeff Tiessen

Double-arm amputee and three-time Paralympian and world record holder Jeff Tiessen is founder and president of Disability Today Publishing Group and Executive Director of ParaSport Ontario. As a book and magazine publisher, Jeff’s work focuses on providing individuals with physical disabilities with tools and ideas for healthy, active living. As executive producer of the Disability Today Network, he has created a one-of-its-kind online information village for the greater disability community.

With ParaSport Ontario, Jeff works to ensure that there is a sport or active living opportunity for every BODY, regardless of physical ability, age or stage in life.

An award-winning journalist and inductee into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame, the Windsor-Essex County Sports Hall of Fame, and the University of Windsor Sports Hall of Fame, Jeff is a respected advocate and highly sought-after public speaker.

His signature presentation – “Small Victories” – sensitively encourages others to carefully consider what success means to them individually. Above and beyond his compelling story of managing the impact of personal injury and his achievements as a decorated elite athlete and prominent publisher, Tiessen speaks candidly and humorously about the small victories in his life that truly define this double-arm amputee’s formula for success.

Drawing from his personal successes, this presentation will share how those experiences have shaped the vision and mission of ParaSport Ontario with Tiessen as its Executive Director, from its provincial scope to its regional impact in Niagara specifically, and how partnerships – like the one with CAPA – are key to paving pathways to parasport participation.

Paving Pathways to Parasport Participation with Jeff Tiessen

Webinar#1 Recorded September 27th 2021, 7:00 PM

Jess Silver: Creating a Shift in Social Awareness & Opportunity for Physical Fitness, Sport and Human Potential

Jess Silver

The Brock-Niagara Centre of Excellence in Inclusive & Adaptive Physical Activity launches its new monthly webinar series with special guest Flex for Access Inc. founder Jess Silver, writer, fitness enthusiast and advocate.

“We all we encounter and share adversity. For some, that adversity manifests in more more obvious ways and is apparent physically, for others it is apparent more in an intellectual/ emotional manner, but we all experience different types of adversity (challenges) and are shaped through and by it,” says Silver.

Flex for Access is a Non-Profit Organization for Cerebral Palsy awareness, and other disabilities and fitness and sport promotion. Their vision is to help societal perception of disability evolve, and to allow all individuals regardless of limitations, fitness level and interest, the ability to be engaged in exercise and sport.

Creating a Shift in Social Awareness & Opportunity for Physical Fitness, Sport and Human Potential

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