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Group of 15 students standing in front of a wooden wall, most holding a book.

Faculty of Arts

Disability is part of all of our experience

January 29, 2024 — 
On January 19th, students, faculty, family and friends gathered to celebrate the launch of What Our Bodies Know: Essays at the Intersection of Feminism & Disability. The book is an anthology of 28 creative nonfiction pieces written by students from the course WOMN 2540: Feminisms and Disability in Contemporary Literature from the women’s and gender studies program (WGS) in the Faculty of Arts.

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Faculty of Law

Distinguished Visitor invites legal community to learn from a disability perspective

December 15, 2023 — 
The Faculty of Law’s long-running Distinguished Visitors Lecture Series kick-starts the winter term on January 9th, the second full day of classes, with a noon-hour visit from Professor David Lepofsky. Currently serving as an adjunct research professor at the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law, the internationally-recognized disability rights advocate will speak on “The Lawyer’s Ethical Duty to Engage in Social Justice Advocacy – Learning from a Disability Perspective.”

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Three students sit around a round study table surrounded by shelves of library books.

Faculty of Graduate Studies

Disability Studies program celebrating 20 years

December 1, 2023 — 
Two-year thesis-based program continues to set up its students and alumni for success and impact.


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.


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