2018 TASH Conference has ended
Each year, the TASH Conference brings together a diverse community of stakeholders who gain information, learn about resources, and connect with others across the country to strengthen the disability field. This year’s conference theme, “Be Creative - Innovative Solutions for an Inclusive Life,” reminds us to think outside the box during times of uncertainty. Creativity, innovation, and determination can pave the way for meaningful and inclusive lives for people with disabilities.

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Fiona Whittington-Walsh

Kwantlen Polytechnic University: Inclusive Post-Secondary Pedagogy
Langley British Columbia Canada
Dr. Fiona Whittington-Walsh is Chair of the Department of Sociology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Langley British Columbia Canada. She is also the President of Inclusion BC, a non-profit organization that advocates for the full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities into all aspects of society.
In addition to teaching disability issues in all of her courses, her areas of research include disability and media, women and beauty, popular culture and film, social inequality, and community/academic research partnerships. Her current research includes: (1) Lead Researcher for the Including All Citizens Project. This pilot is examining transforming university teaching in order to be fully accessible for all learners. The pilot is following five students with intellectual disabilities as they take faculty of arts courses for credit and on par with their non-disabled peers; (2) The Bodies of Film Project is examining the complete history of disability representation in film. Key to this participatory action research project is the complete collaboration with people with intellectual disabilities.
Fiona has a long history working in the community in Canada. All aspects of her work involve collaboration with community.