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"Just Breathing Isn't Living": Disability and Constructions of Normalcy in Nineteenth-Century Children's LiteratureDownload
This study seeks to demonstrate the ways in which disability is negatively and stereotypically presented in classic children’s literature and how it is used to prescribe constructions of normalcy. Although disability studies have become an increasingly popular avenue for critical study, one...
A Qualitative Investigation of Barriers and Facilitators to Physical Activity Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities in a Small Southern Alberta CityDownload
Introduction: Rarely have the barriers and facilitators of PA for persons with a disability (PwD) living in a small city been the focus of researchers, despite the emergence of studies in the last two decades about the importance of PA for PwD. Numerous studies have investigated the barriers and...
This study examines the disability-intertext in contemporary Canadian young adult fiction and seeks to analyze new patterns in the representation of disability. The disability-intertext is explored using Michel Foucault’s theory of the “background-body” and Ato Quayson’s theory of “aesthetic...
An investigation of the language produced by a child with physical disabilities while directing a partnered math activity with and without the use of a Lego robotDownload
Previous research at the Assistive Technology Lab at the University of Alberta has found that the use of robots can facilitate participation for children with disabilities in performing mathematics activities. The focus of the current study was to describe the language used by a child with...
It is often assumed during product design that the product will be used by individuals who have two working eyes, ears, legs, feet, hands in addition to the ability to mentally process information in a very coherent way. Such assumptions during the design process negate the experiences of people...
Background: Hedonic subjective well-being (SWB) is now widely regarded as an important indicator of social progress and a goal of public policy. Research on SWB or ‘the science of happiness’ in high-income countries has proliferated, including studies examining the correlates, effects, and...
This research is a doing of mapping/s through multi-sited case study research—Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame (CSHF) in Calgary, Canada (pilot study), the Canadian War Museum (CWM) in Ottawa, Canada (case study one), and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg, Canada (case study...
Employer attitudes and the employment of people with disabilities: an exploratory study using the Ambivalence Amplification TheoryDownload
Labor force statistics and other evidence have demonstrated that people with disabilities are under-represented in the work place in Canada and abroad. While an assortment of factors likely contributes to this disparity, the attitudes of employers towards hiring people with disabilities are often...
Many individuals with mental illness want to return to work and stay in employment. Yet, there is little research that has examined the perspectives of employers on hiring and accommodating these workers and the kinds of supports employers need to facilitate their reintegration into the...