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Curriculum Vitae

Accessibility and Disability Advocate | Community Engagement Champion | Accessibility Program Manager

Professional Experience

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Accessibility Training Facilitator - Toronto Public Library

Apr 2022 - Present

Facilitator for Accessible Digital Document training sessions with the Toronto Public Library.

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Accessibility Program Manager - McMaster University

Feb 2020 - Present

Manage the University’s central AccessMac Program / accessibility portfolio, including:

  • Consulting and supporting strategic accessibility leadership at the university through McMaster’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Strategic Framework.
  • Developing and consulting on centralized accessibility / AODA institutional policy and multi-year plans.
  • Creating and communicating accessibility and disability-inclusion focused public education and consultation opportunities across campus.
  • Developing asynchronous and resources for ongoing accessibility skill development and workflow adaptation.
  • Engaging with and building disability community among McMaster students, staff and faculty with disabilities, including as Coordinator of McMaster’s Employee Accessibility Network.
  • Coordinating and continuing to grow the AccessMac Program’s Pilot User Testing Team, comprised of AT users with disabilities, to support accessible end-user testing for key McMaster web environments.
  • Developing disability inclusion-focused academic and employment opportunities to inform instructional accessibility work and to enhance a growing peer support network for McMaster employees.
  • Compiling, editing and highlighting accessibility and disability inclusion work descriptions / submissions across campus to McMaster’s Annual Accessibility Report and community-focused Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update.
  • Maintaining McMaster’s central Accessibility Hub website.
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Accessibility Projects Coordinator - McMaster University

May 2017 - Feb 2020

Role details here.

Educational Experience

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Strategic Leaders Program - McMaster University Continuing Education

Oct 2021 - Feb 2022

Ed details here.

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Course Series in Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion - Toronto Metropolitan University

2019 - 2020

The Chang School of Continuing Education – Ryerson University: Leadership in Accessibility and Inclusion

This course series provides a foundation of knowledge on accessibility and inclusion and builds on this through courses on legislation, digital accessibility, employment, and public space design.

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Instructional Skills Workshop Program - McMaster University


The Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) Program is a comprehensive three-tiered instructor development program that serves as the foundation for several professional development activities.

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Honours Bachelor's Degree, Indigenous Studies and Linguistics - McMaster University

2012 - 2017

Activities and societies:

  • Resource designer for Introduction to Mohawk 1Z03 at McMaster University
  • MSU Maccess student group for disability advocacy and support (2016-17)
  • Cooperative of Indigenous Studies Students and Alumni (CISSA) Co-founder/Member (2015)
  • Food Not Bombs/OPIRG Working Group (2014)


  • Received position of Student Scholar (2015) through the Paul. R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching
  • Received Undergraduate Student Research Award (2015) through the Faculty of Humanities to carry out research on Iroquoian language revitalization and teaching methods.

Variety of courses encompassing areas of: English linguistics/grammar, TESL methodologies, French grammar/conversation, research methods Indigenous history, politics, medicine and film representation

Thesis (Supervisor Dr. Rick Monture): A Call to Universities: Supporting Indigenous Language and Language Revitalization Programs.

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TEFL Certification, Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language - University of Toronto


Ed details here.

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Certificate in Intermediate French (Explore Program) - Université de Sherbrooke


Ed details here.

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Bachelor's Degree (Transfer), Modern Languages - Bishop's University


Activities and societies:

  • Tierra del Fuego Community House member (2009-2012)
  • Tierra del Fuego house cook and community meal organizer (2012)
  • Bishop’s University Pride Association (BUPA) club member (2012)
  • Cultural Kitchen Founder/Manager/Participant (2010-2012)
  • Modern Languages Club President (2010-2011)
  • Golden Key Invitee (2009-2011)


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Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update

Community Publication, Jun 1 2021

The Accessibility and Disability Inclusion Update is a collective campus community publication facilitated through the Equity and Inclusion Office, which highlights and celebrates the Accessibility and Disability Inclusion work that takes place at McMaster University on an annual basis.

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Students with disabilities as partners: A case study on user testing an accessibility website.

International Journal for Students As Partners, Oct 29, 2020

While partnership is widely encouraged as an approach to advancing the inclusion of disabled postsecondary students, these collaborations are largely taking place between staff offices and failing to meaningfully integrate disabled students as partners. In this case study, we describe the successes and challenges of a pilot project where students and staff with and without disabilities worked together to user test our university’s accessibility website, to which faculty/staff are regularly directed for resources on making their teaching more accessible. We achieved our goal of compiling results into a report for decision-makers in order to advance campus-wide technological accessibility. Instead of primarily treating disabled students as lacking capacities and requiring programmatic intervention to succeed in the university, a partnership approach validates and draws on disabled students’ specific expertise and experience to make institutional change.

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Book Review: Care work: dreaming disability justice

Disability & Society, Aug 10, 2019

Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice is a collection of visionary essays on vibrant organizing for Disability Justice that is gathering momentum across the unceded and occupied Indigenous territories in North America. Like the title suggests, the book is a ‘dream’ of a truly accessible and inclusive future for (everyone, but especially) sick and disabled Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (QTBIPOC). Although Piepzna-Samarasinha is listed as the author, the intellectual, emotional, and practical labour of numerous friends and colleagues is well acknowledged and clearly instrumental in this collective political project. Press-published writing on Disability Justice is only beginning to emerge, marking Care Work a crucial kind of historical archive.

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Forward with Flexibility: A Teaching and Learning Resource on Accessibility and Inclusion

McMaster University, May 1, 2017

A comprehensive guidebook to support instructors, Teaching Assistants, and those in other educational roles in applying Accessible Education principles across teaching and learning contexts to enhance access for all.

Honours and Awards


CUCCIO Community Award for Amplifying Digital Accessibility in Education at McMaster University

CUCCIO at CANHEIT, Jun 21 2022

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The Management Group (TMG) Performance Excellence Program

McMaster University, Sept 2021

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President’s Award for Outstanding Service - Nominee

McMaster University, May 2020

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President’s Award for Community Engaged Scholarship

McMaster University, Oct 2018

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Linguistics and Languages Prize

McMaster University, Aug 2016

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The University Scholarship

McMaster University, Jul 2015

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The University Achievement Award

McMaster University, Jul 2013
Top academic performance in the program.