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Thesis projects

The DST99AB Applied Community Project/Thesis is a "capstone" course of the Disability Studies program. It is a two semester course providing students with the opportunity to engage in focused scholarly and project work from a disability studies perspective. The orienting question revolves around how social environments and structures shape the experience of people with disabilities.

2017

  • Lee Armstrong: Searching for hospital “accessibility”: An insider ethnography
  • Ann Beatty: The opioid epidemic as temporal eclipse
  • Thalia Bullen-Rutherford: So you’re finished high school, now what? A narrative inquiry of uncertain futures 
  • Leanne Cornell: Chasing Fit: An altered story of the Fitbit
  • Ernest Drako: Breaking the Silence: Intimate conversations about disability in the Ghanian community of Toronto
  • Francis Pineda: Missing in action? Are student unions accessible to disabled students?
  • Habiba Rahman: Muslim women and career interruption: Narratives of post-migration distress
  • Stephanie Stojanov: Dance in disability arts – a critical discourse analysis of politics and practice

2016

  • Ackerman, Amanda: Incompletely Secure
  • Alhambra, Nina: Transitioning from disability studies to work: Discomforts that come with new learning
  • Atkin, Bev: Mental health and inclusive policing: Are we Listening to everyone?
  • Baker, Megan: The long and winding Road: The journey from high School to paid employment for young adults with Intellectual disabilities
  • Beckett-Woodrow, Amy: Creating disabled students: Barriers in the pathway to Graduation
  • Belanger, Samantha: Disability and sexuality: Exploring the barriers
  • Bieg, Lee-Anne: Reading between the lines: A critical comparison of Personal stories and service documents pertaining to Acquired Brain Injury
  • Boyce, Nicole: Madness: Changing the Stigma
  • Brown, Alisha: Portraits of inclusive education: What inclusive education Looks like in practice
  • Dasilva, Elizabeth: “Stuck in the middle”: Stories of advocate mothers with children with disabilities
  • Doberstein, Jessica: Quilting Identity: Out of the Box
  • Dolby, Verna: Guess who’s moving in? How our family became whole
  • Edwards-Ragguette, Netisha: Exploring cultural dissonance: The formation of Subjectivity, Culture and linguistic minority of deaf Individuals
  • Einoff, Tara: “Community” treatment as a discourse: A critical Discourse Analysis of the Rhetoric of Community Treatment Orders
  • Ercole, Chelsea: Intersecting disability and sexuality: Is there a space for meaningful relationships in group homes?
  • Garrod, Lisa: What’s up with Hollywood? Friends, family and Colleagues analyze filmic representations of Disability
  • Granby, Elizabeth: Learning to listen: A sibling conversation about Meaningful days
  • Kalkan, Aysegul: “Behave yourself!” Unpacking constructions of Physical disability in the experience of air travel
  • Kent, Deneshia: Disability awareness & access-ability in God’s House
  • Korkush, Mary-Teresa: Stuff revealed: What do possessions of importance Tell us about people with developmental Disabilities?
  • Lee-Jones, Carolyn: Walking with strangers: Mapping experiences of madness and space
  • McPhail, Tarra: Mothering for schooling disabled children: What Undergraduate research in Disability Studies reveals about Lived experience
  • Meehan, Nicole: Breaking free: Exploring the aesthetics of Madness Through dance
  • Mesquita, Heather-Ann: Organizing Educational Assistants for systemic change: An Activist community project
  • Park, Jessica: Disability: The new black
  • Poudrier, Erin: Precarious Terrain: Narratives of American Sign Language Interpreters
  • Punja, Aleem: Journeying with learning disability: My year of living Reflectively
  • Saccardo, Cheryl: Where Can I Play? The Making of an Accessible Playground
  • Salmon, Shenique: Teach me disability awareness: A teaching manual for Parents and teachers
  • Smith, Kelly: On My Mother’s Couch
  • Vincent, Erin: A Hairy Situation: A link Between hair and Disability Oppression
  • Walker, Brandon: Autism and accessibility: Public misconceptions and Refusals
  • Watson, Fiona: Do (Disabled) Black Lives Matter? Analyzing Accounts of Race and disability in the Toronto Star and Jamaican Newspaper

2015

  • Bailey, Neesha: To Serve And Protect: Training provided to law Enforcement Officers to handle encounter with Individuals with mental health
  • Brown, Michelle: Wearing Two Hats: Exploring the tensions Between student and worker roles
  • Burston, Emma J.: Coffee, for here: A short storied critical perspective on Living assisted
  • Eje, Catherine: Ethnographic Study of the experiences of individuals with a developmental disability in educational acquisition in Nigeria
  • Ghobrial, Rania: On the Carousel: Exploring The Relationship Between Disability And Criminality
  • Henry, Kade-Ann: Stop, Look & Listen: The Black Community, the Deaf Community and the Equitable Access to Inclusive Education
  • Klazinga, Kristina: When is Geoff Moving in? Stories from the Lives of Live-In Support Workers
  • Krawcow, Emilia: Who am I? Silenced voices of Immigrant families raising children with disabilities
  • Martin, Elizabeth: The Social Model of Disability and Finding My Voice
  • Master-McRae, Paris: “I AM RUNNING FOR _________” Charity, Rights, Big Business
  • Mead, Lorien: Being in the Firing Line: The chronicles of Employed Canadians who acquire a disability
  • Mugisha, Nelson: Understanding Ugandan Disability Terrain and the Role of Media
  • Poku, Prince: Keeping the Ring: Married Couples’ Experience Raising a Child with a Disability & their Perspective on Marriage, Divorce, & Strategies
  • Scott, Jennifer Ann: Communicating about Sexuality: Augmentative and Alternative Communication Users’ Experiences with Sexuality disruption
  • Sharpe, Lafane: My Hair is Enough! - Navigating Beauty and Wellness in Disability
  • Sobharam, Natasha: Women in the Caribbean: Stories of Disablement
  • Stanley, Michael: Poverty, Policy & Practice: An institutional Ethnography of ODSP Employment Supports
  • Steele, Barbara: Exploring Female Literary Madness Writer's Creation with Film Interpretations
  • Stewart, Megan: Fashion and Vibrators: Creating Community at the Rose Centre for Love, Sex and Disability  

2014

  • Ahee, Nadia: How We See It: Narratives from above the Big E
  • Alucema, Flavia: Invisible Workers: A Documentary Study of the Representation of Educational Assistants
  • Beausoleil, Simone: A Stalking Narrative: The Discovery of Accessibility in My Community
  • Branch-Spadaro, Carolynne: “Who’s going to cut your toenails?” Questioning Client-Centered Practice in Occupational Therapy
  • Clair, Thomas: Tangled Identities and Contested Citizenship: Relational Spaces of Struggles on the Periphery of an Ancient Homeland
  • Copeland, Margaret: Sitting with my Grandmother’s Psychiatric Records: Sorting through Intergenerational Trauma
  • Dell’Unto, Jessica: Biting the Hand that Feeds: Navigating a Medical World through the Social Model
  • Diaz, Liliana: Listen: Mothers are Talking
  • Fabrychnova, Natalia: Plenty of Fish? Disability and Online Dating
  • Franklin, Kendall: Drop-In Made Accessible Through Redesign
  • Gilchrist, Barbara: The Customer Service Standard - It’s The Law: How Are We Doing?
  • Jackson, Kevin: Even in Death, How Total is a Total Institution?
  • Little, Alex: Finding Your Wings of Independence: Out in the Field of Orientation and Mobility
  • Lok, Annie: East Asian Immigrants’ View of Disability
  • Manalac, Jennifer A. P.: Living the Caregiver's Life
  • Pacey, Sarah: Families Learning Through Advocating for Their Disabled Children
  • Patterson, Joanne: In the Place of Trees, in the Paradise of the Imperfect: Entwining Deaf Lives Past and Present
  • Picklyk, Cherish: It’s a Revolution, I suppose: Tracing the Movement of Disability Arts
  • Rickards, Laura: Talking to Black Women about Depression
  • Scourfield-Thomas, Olivia: Is There a Home for Me? Exploring the Housing Crisis in Ontario
  • Siegel, Stephanie: Any Excuse to Talk about Comics: An Exploration of the Portrayal of Disability in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comic Books
  • Simmons, Stacey: What I Really Want to Say Is… Who the Hell is Listening?
  • Smeets-Ruml, Patricia: Santiago de Queretaro: Deconstructing Disability through Advocacy and Social Change in Mexico
  • Stokes, Anna: So Close and Yet, So Far: An (Auto)biographical account of reconnection
  • Teves, Sandra: Divided We Stand
  • Vert, Sheena: Disappearing Act? The Invisible Work of Sign Language Interpreters
  • Wilson, Jennifer Marie Elyse: AODA Compliance: A Narrative Inquiry into the Stories Behind Organizational Implementation

2013

  • Allsop, Benjamin: All Grown Up and Still Scared: Fear from Within. A study on the effects of learning disability labels
  • Andrews, Myfanwy: Policy, Helpful or Hurtful: How Administrative Funding Policies Hinder the Care Staff is able to Provide
  • Bosse, Katie: Out with the old; In with the New: A Community Workshop on Universal Design
  • Bradshaw, Mary Ann: The importance of coalitions: A qualitative study on the effects of coalitions on the safeguarding of social justice
  • Burnie, Velvet: “Far from the Tree of Identity”
  • Chambers, Stephanie: Supporting Self-Determination: The Group Home Worker’s Experience
  • Dawkins, Aniel: What does it take to be a swinger? ‘Unpacking’ Disability in Swingers’ Clubs
  • Demacio, Lisa: Stigma, Speeding Tickets and the State - To the Archive and Beyond: Searching for the Chosen
  • Dial, Lisa: East Indian Families and Long-term Care Homes (Cultural Beliefs vs. Present Reality)
  • Elsadr, Sally: The Deepening Effects of Social Inequalities in the Workplace: A Career Based on Volunteer Work
  • Figliomeni, Carmela: Using Critical Discourse Analysis to explore “Inclusive Education” in Ontario
  • Florence, Rosemary: Opening Doors and Minds: A Critical Ethnography of Environmental Barriers that Shape a Student’s Experiences within Community and Agency Schools
  • Grieve, Katie: Social Model Stories: Writing and Reviewing Children’s Literature
  • Hishon, Kate: How Just One Teacher Can Change a Life: Creating enabling environments for students with learning disabilities
  • Hooker, Candace: Seeking Sexuality: The Missing Link in Inclusive Education
  • Hurst, Lisa: Looking Towards the Future: Siblings’ Experiences with Disability and Future Caregiving Expectations
  • Izzo, Teresa: “A Day in the Life”: An Ethnographic and Arts Informed Inquiry of L’Arche Ottawa and Mutuality from Sunrise to Sunset
  • Jensen, Ulrik: All Aboard!  Exploring the Issue of Parental and Self-Advocate Involvement on a Board of Directors
  • Kanth, Sundip: Real Inclusion: Incorporating Disabilities Studies into the Ontario Curriculum
  • Karachalios, Vikie: Disability and the Greek Community
  • Kelly, Taryn: Disability and Travel: The World is Your Oyster OR Is It?
  • Khan, Farkhanda: Exploring Friendship among Adolescents with Invisible Disabilities
  • Lajoie, Danielle: Individualized for Whom? An Exploration of Individualized Funding Models of Support
  • MacDonald, KayDee: Walking through a transition: A family's struggle and triumphs through Cameron’s transition
  • Obasi, Veronica: From Local to Global
  • Osei, Margaret: “Shoes and Footwear”: A Narrative Inquiry of Disabled and Non-Disabled People
  • Osoria, Ese: Increased Choice-making for Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Group Homes
  • Perveen, Nusrat: Where East Meets West, Finding the Truth, Filling the Gaps: Stories of Asian Mothers of Children Labeled with Disabilities
  • Ridolfo, Katherine: “Unheard and Silenced Voices”: An Ethnographic study exploring the end of life care and decision-making process as it applies to individuals with a developmental disability
  • Sciba, Rhea: Proud to be Me: Disability, Impairment and Identity
  • Teppo, Stephanie: Bitchy, Whiny, Lazy and Hysterical: Why is a Diagnosis Needed to Legitimize a Woman’s Experience of Chronic Pain?
  • Warne, Tracy: A Lot Like Ashley: Why Representations of Disability (Still) Matter
  • Watkins, Kristin: Playing on Equal Ground: Can we Create Inclusion that the World Can See?

2012

  • Ang, Steven: Not Lost in Cyberspace: Stories of Blind and Partially Sighted Computer Users
  • Beaudion, Margaret: “It’s all About the Fishing”: Disability, Place and Learning from the Story of my Life
  • Belanger, Danielle: Geography and Movement from the Experience of Individuals with Disabilities at Health Sciences North
  • Bradshaw, Mary Ann: The importance of Coalitions: A Study on the effects of Coalitions on Safeguarding Social Justice
  • Chen, Xiufang: Where is My Family? Familial Relationships of People Living with Brain Injuries
  • Cooper, Andrew: “It’s a good time to be in a chair”: A narrative inquiry exploration of the sports experiences of disabled athletes
  • Gallant, Liana: “Do you hear what I hear?” Differing voices of the social and medical models of disability
  • Hiruta, Kaori: Personal is Societal: An Autoethnography of a Journey toward Adoption
  • Hogan, Jessica: Tenderhearted Bravery: An Autoethnographic Adventure of the Self in “Special Education”
  • Ho, Winny: East Meets West - The Journeys of Chinese Immigrant Parents of Children with Disabilities through social service
  • Lyttle, Kemisha: Building Walls from the Inside Out: An Ethnographic Inquiry
  • McCauley-Philion, Brigitte: “Thanks a Latte”: Is Communication in a Coffee Shop Such a Tall Order?
  • Pol, Neeta: “I Feel Like a Puppet!” An Institutional Ethnographic Study of the Work of Educational Assistants
  • Ryan, Catherine: Moving In and Out of Group Homes: An institutional ethnographic study of institutional practices in the community
  • Schmitz, Pixie: “Just Because I Have Gray Hair Doesn’t Mean I’m Deaf!” Exploring the ways in which age and preconceptions of age disable people
  • Sharp, Helen: “How did we get from there to here?” An oral history investigation into how the social movement of people who are deafblind influenced contemporary intervenor services
  • Toteda, Christina: Don’t Fix Me, I’m not Broken: Discovering disabling relations in inclusion policies from the standpoint of educators and families
  • Umutangana, Gloria: “Why Are You Shouting?” The experiences of blind and visually impaired federal government employees in a virtual working environment