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Fiona Whittington-Walsh BA (Ryerson), MA (York), PhD (York)
I am currently the President of the Board of Directors for Inclusion BC, a provincial non-profit organization that strives for the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of life. I am also on the Board of Directors for Canadian Association for Community Living. I am actively engaged in creating ways to support students with disabilities in post-secondary education including people with intellectual disabilities. I am principle researcher for the Including All Citizens Project (IACP). The IACP is a project that is researching teaching that can reach a wide range of learners including students with intellectual disabilities. Key to the project is transformative teaching using Universal Design for Learning Principles not adapting curriculum. Since Spring 2016, five students with intellectual disabilities have been involved in the pilot and to date have taken 7 arts courses (including 5 sociology courses with me) for credit on par with their 'neurotypical' peers.
I am also principle researcher for The Bodies of Film Project which examines disability representation in Hollywood films. This is a collaborative, participatory research project with the Bodies of Film Club a film club that has a wide range of membership including people with intellectual disabilities.
Areas of Interest
My primary areas of interest are: disability and media; gender and media; gender and cosmetic surgery; freak shows; disability and institutionalization; inclusive post-secondary education; Universal Design Principles for Learning.