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Ryerson University Book Launch for Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences

By: , Posted on: April 6, 2017

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(L-R) Chelsea Mohler, Ainsley Latour, and Mahadeo Sukhai Photographer: Clifton Li; Permission to reuse image provided courtesy of the Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Ryerson University, Ontario, CA

On February 27, 2017, Access Ryerson, a Ryerson University wide initiative committed to removing barriers to the full participation of community members with disabilities, hosted a book launch and panel discussion for Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences. The book is co-authored by Mahadeo A. Sukhai and Chelsea E. Mohler. Dr. Sukhai is Head of the Variant Interpretation Group at the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Lab at University Health Network in Toronto and Ms. Mohler is an adaptive technology instructor at Balance for Blind Adults in Toronto.

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the STEM fields. The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and of cross-disability perspectives (including physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).

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The event was moderated by Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator, Ryerson University. Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University, provided opening remarks. The panelists included the authors as well as Ainsley Latour, one of the early career scientists who contributed to the book, and Dr. Jennifer Mactavish, a graduate school dean.  They discussed obstacles that students and faculty with disabilities face in the sciences and offer insights on how to collaboratively work through challenges.

You can view the video of the panel discussion here.

For more information or to order a copy of Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences please visit the Elsevier Store. Use code STC17 for 30% off plus free shipping!

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