“One of the core objectives of the CDPA is to train future scholars in disability policy who will carry on the legacy of the CDPA well beyond its funding cycle.”

Students in a classroom using sign language

The Partnership will build capability by engaging students in several ways:

  • Student research assistants:  We hire graduate and undergraduate students to act as research assistants on the teams.  These students participate in every aspect of the research and knowledge mobilization, and gain experiences that are invaluable to them as they pursue both their academic and professional careers.  We have been extraordinarily fortunate in attracting high calibre students from a variety of different backgrounds (eg., English Literature, Engineering, Gender Studies, Geography, Sociology, History), several of whom have gone on to pursue disability-related graduate work or employment.  All have developed a commitment to disability and equity that will influence their future endeavours.
  • Scholarships:  We annually award scholarships to support graduate students conducting research on topics compatible with our goals.  Eligible students present their work to the Alliance and participate in the knowledge mobilization activities of the Partnership.  **This was a five year program with support from SSHRC, there will be no future calls for scholarships as the SSHRC funding cycle is now complete.
  • Classroom teaching:  A number of CDPA investigators are university faculty who have teaching responsibilities that overlap with the mandate of the Partnership.  To date, eleven courses have been identified on disability policy and disability issues at the four participating universities (Queen’s, UBC, U Regina and McMaster) as well as guest lectures at other universities (U Laval, U Western Ontario, York U).  We expect this level of engagement to increase as the partnership grows.
  • Grad student supervision and support:  Investigators contribute to graduate supervision in their respective university departments for students with programs of research connected to the goals of the CDPA.
  • Comprehensive examination and thesis examination:  Our co-applicants act as comprehensive examiners or thesis examiners for students whose research is associated with disability policy or disability issues.
  • Development of new teaching initiatives:  A number of new teaching initiatives have been launched as a result of the work of the CDPA, including:  an inter-disciplinary graduate course in disability studies at Queen’s, an international on-line certificate course including a module on disability policy;  plans to develop curriculum on disability studies for undergraduate students from more than 20 universities around the world at the Bader International Studies Centre in Herstmonceux, England.

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