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December 4, 2016
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Panel discussion on Ableism - Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m.

Nov 13/13

Many students in Instructor Ravi Gokani’s PS282 – Community Psychology class will be completing a placement with a local service agency that works with people with developmental disabilities. In an effort to address some of the challenges associated with Ableism, the discrimination against people with disabilities, Gokani will be moderating a panel discussion on Abelism on November 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the SC Johnson Building, SCJ 127.

The panel includes:

  • Kristie Beckham - Kristie is an experienced self-advocate, an outspoken leader in her community for disability rights travelling across Ontario to raise awareness among academic and community groups about disability issues, discrimination and poverty. 
  • Alexis Buettgen - Alexis is a PhD student in Critical Disability Studies at York University and has a master's degree in community psychology from Laurier, as well as more than 10 years experience working and volunteering with people with disabilities. 
  • Susan Walters - Susan is the Transition, Supported Employment, Student Placements Supervisor at Community Living Brant
  • Christine Hathaway – Christine holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the Western University and is considering graduate studies. She is a self-advocate who has been working with a Community Service Learning student from the PS282 course

"The goal of the panel is to provide a range of perspectives to the students about Ableism,” said Gokani. “I'm very excited and honoured to have such wonderful panelists to represent the perspectives of an academic, a service provider, and persons with lived experience with Ableism.”

The panel discussion is open to the public. For more information, please contact Ravi Gokani at

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