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A diverse group of young people chatting in college library including female student with disability.

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Panel discussion to address ableism as an ‘undiagnosed malady’

August 30, 2023 — 
Ableism and its effects on health care and health education will be the focus of a virtual panel discussion on Sept. 18, hosted by the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. 

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Robbins-Ollivier research team

Research and International

Team of UM researchers honoured with inaugural Robbins‐Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity

August 29, 2023 — 
A new UM project addressing inequities experienced by those with disabilities because of systemic ableism has received federal support through the inaugural Robbins‐Ollivier Award for Excellence in Equity.

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UM Distinguished Visiting Lecturer - Dr. Peter Simcock

Faculty of Social Work

Pushing back against ableism, focusing on capability with Dr. Peter Simcock

July 10, 2023 — 
Highlighting the abilities and contributions of disabled people and older adults ageing with disability can strengthen communities and aid in addressing misconceptions regarding disability. UM Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Peter Simcock, Ph.D., School of Education and Social Work, from Birmingham City University, United Kingdom, will be hosting events related to his research and experience in the physical and sensory disability field. His areas of specialization include social work and sensory impairment, deafness, deafblindness and dual sensory loss as well as working with disabled adults and older people.

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Closeup of a university student with a visual impairment reading a braille book.

Rady Faculty of Health Sciences

Individuals with disabilities still carry burden of accessibility at universities, panelists say

May 24, 2023 — 
Universities “still require disabled students to do the majority of the labour necessary in order for them to have the same rights as other students,” panelists said in a recent UM online discussion.

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Jim Derksen photo from Facebook.

On the passing of disability rights champion Jim Derksen

July 8, 2022 — 
The University of Manitoba community is saddened to hear of the passing of Jim Derksen this week at the age of 75

Author photos of professors David Ireland and Richard Jochelson next to the cover of their new book Law and Disability in Canada

Faculty of Law

Law professors engage in cross-Canada collaboration on Law and Disability Case Book

October 21, 2021 — 
The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law professors frequently collaborate with scholars from other disciplines at other academic institutions, and this trend continues with the latest publication bearing the names of prolific legal researchers, Assistant Professor David Ireland and Professor Richard Jochelson, Dean of Law. Law and Disability in Canada: Cases and Materials is a comprehensive overview of – precisely what the title states. Ireland and Jochelson worked with four other academics and experts in the field, to develop this book which looks at the interactions of persons with disabilities with the law.

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Nancy Hansen

Faculty of Education

Completing the picture of human history

March 11, 2021 — 
Associate Prof. Nancy Hansen has co-edited two books—Untold Stories: A Canadian Disability History Reader, and The Routledge History of Disability, the latter having been recently released in paperback format.



CBC: New book explores the history of disability from ancient Greece to modern day

December 4, 2017 — 
A new book co-edited by a University of Manitoba professor is exploring the role people with disabilities have played throughout history in cultures across the world

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Celebrating the strength of women

February 21, 2017 — 
AESES and the University of Manitoba’s Office of the President jointly host the 15th annual International Women’s Day Dinner on March 6th

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American disability activist Simi Linton.

Faculty of Arts

An invitation to dance: Disability studies events highlight interdisciplinary possibilities

March 30, 2015 — 
Activists Simi Linton and Christian von Tippelskirch on campus

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