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Friday, November 26 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
242: ‘Nothing About Us Without Us’: The Science of Equitable and Inclusive Accessibility Policy Processes from Problem Design to Evaluation

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In 2019 the Accessible Canada Act (ACA) came into effect, requiring organizations prepare and publish accessibility plans, establish feedback processes, and report on these processes and progress in achieving its goal of making Canada barrier-free by 2040. The introduction of the ACA heightened the need for pan-Canadian mechanisms for organizations and stakeholders to engage across sectors, disciplines, and industries in action-oriented collaborations to address the multifaceted issues in accessibility. The Canadian Accessibility Network (CAN), under the leadership of the READ Initiative at Carleton University, has been developed to address this need. This panel focuses on a program of work undertaken by CAN’s Policy Domain Committee (DAC) to advance disability inclusive accessibility policy processes. Science and stakeholder informed inclusive accessibility policy processes drive the DAC’s strategic priorities, which include: 1) Identifying emerging issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, and engaging with relevant communities, stakeholders and governing bodies to centre the perspectives and rights of diverse people with disabilities; 2) Coordinating policy fora where scientists and cross-disability first voice advocates address policy questions being asked by public, private and non-profit decision-makers related to the Accessible Canada Act; 3) Scanning accessibility and disability inclusion policy and policy research to identify how governments are developing and implementing accessibility and disability inclusion policy across jurisdictions; 4) Designing a disability inclusive policy analysis tool to support an intersectional human rights approach to accessibility policy. Panelists describe how disability communities can be meaningfully engaged in policy processes to inform the development of science policy into the future.

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Max Brault

Vice President, BDO Consulting
Max Brault has recently joined BDO, where he will be leading consulting on matters pertaining to accessibility. He has guided the federal government towards their most ambitious legislation towards persons with disabilities, The Accessible Canada Act. Max is not afraid to challenge... Read More →

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Rosalie McGrath

Accessibility Analyst, Accessibility Secretariat, Statistics Canada
Rosalie McGrath (MA, Hons) is a Policy Analyst within Statistics Canada’s Accessibility, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion files and Co-Chair of the Policy Domain Area Committee within the Canadian Accessibility Network. At Statistics Canada, Rosalie’s current work involves designing... Read More →
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Dr. Jonathan Lai

Executive Director, Canadian Autism and Spectrum Disorder Alliance (CASDA)
Jonathan Lai (MSc, PhD) is the Executive Director at the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorders Alliance (CASDA) and holds an Adjunct Faculty Position in Health Services Research at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health... Read More →
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Dr. Katie Aubrecht

Canada Research Chair Health Equity & Social Justice, St. Francis Xavier University
Katie Aubrecht (she/her), PhD, is Co-Chair of the Canadian Accessibility Network Policy Domain Area Committee, and Canada Research Chair and Assistant Professor in Sociology at St. Francis Xavier University. Her intersectional disability studies research maps and analyzes accessibility... Read More →

Friday November 26, 2021 10:30am - 12:00pm EST