While reading my alumni magazine for the University of Guelph I came across Project Revision. The project, which is led by Carla Rice, a professor in U of G’s Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, “uses arts-based methods to dismantle stereotypical understandings of disability and difference that can create barriers to healthcare, education, and inclusion in society.”
Just ask Eliza Chandler in Toronto. The 31-year-old has cerebral palsy, although that’s not always what takes her to the doctors office. ‘I experience this when I go to the doctor for earaches. They assume I’m there for my disability,’ says Chandler, who this year completed a PhD at the University of Toronto and has begun a post-doc in Ryerson University’s School of Disability Studies…It would be a benefit to have doctors with a more nuanced understanding of disability.
Aspects of Project Revision have been shown at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, and their exhibit “inVisibility: Indigenous in the City” (a look at Aboriginal students educational experiences) was featured at the John B. Aird Gallery in Toronto. I would be interested in seeing some of the videos and hearing more about the changes that are being made because of them. It’s an interesting idea and I hope that as the project grows it will become more “accessible” to the general public.