Court orders Ottawa to make websites accessible to blind

A Federal Court judge has ordered the government to make its websites accessible to visually impaired users after a blind Toronto woman said she was unable to apply for a job online.

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The Book of Jobes

The Book of Jobes
a play in two acts
by Heidi L. Janz
Directed by Jan Taylor
The Book of Jobes is a Biblical allegory in which the protagonist, Rachel Jobes, a woman who has Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair, seeks to make sense of her life, her identity, and the infinite quirkiness of Providence,in the wake of a random attack. Continue reading

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Sexuality

Postdoctoral Fellowships in the History of Sexuality

 The Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland (Australia) is looking for well-qualified candidates whom it can support as applicants to the University of Queensland´s Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme, which offers full-time research-only positions for a period of three years beginning in January 2012. A team of researchers within the Centre is currently working on topics in the intellectual and cultural history of sexuality. Continue reading

Report on the Inaugural Conference for Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada

On October 22 and 23, the Living Archives project held its first public event since being awarded Community University Research Alliance (CURA) funding earlier in 2010.  For those who weren’t able to attend, and for those who were but who want a reminder, below is a report on the conference proceedings.

Friday morning began with a team meeting.  It was announced that seven people would be joining the team.  The team now includes 31 scholars, advocates, and community members working throughout Canada and internationally. Later in the meeting, team member, Frank Stahnisch, described a workshop on the history of eugenics and brain psychiatry that is to be held in Banff on June 21, 2011.  More information will be sent out as we approach June.  Finally, the team received a presentation from Colette Leung, a research assistant in the Program in Humanities Computing at Alberta, on the five-year strategy for building the Living Archives website.  Work has already begun on the website, and we expect it eventually to become a very valuable resource for information and research on the history of eugenics.  The next team meeting and public event has been scheduled for May 5 – 7 in Edmonton.  Details to come soon. Continue reading

Huntington Society of Canada Conference 2010

I know this is a bit short notice, but the Huntington’s Society of Canada is hosting their annual conference in Edmonton. Starting today (Thursday) at 7:30 pm at the Sutton Place Hotel, the conference will attempt to highlight both the current research around Huntington disease and the lived experience of those with Huntington. Continue reading

Accommodating Exam Anxiety

On the November 9 edition of The Current, there was a very interesting discussion about the accommodation of disabled students in universities.
The discussion centred on a recent case at the University of Manitoba.  Gábor Lukács, an assistant professor in the Mathematics Department, has gone to court to try to overturn the University’s decision to award a PhD to a student with extreme exam anxiety that he believes has not met the academic requirements for obtaining the degree. Continue reading