Questions of Disability and Access in Teaching and Research.

A common question our leading academics in the Department of Theatre and Film are asked is, “How can the academic world become more accessible and inclusive when it comes to carrying out and sharing research in face-to-face and online formats, including  conferences, publications, lectures, and workshops?”

Stefan Honisch

Stefan Honisch

Stefan Sunandan Honisch, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in our faculty, is an active participant in such discussions with his expertise in accessibility. His research is interdisciplinary, encompassing music and disability studies, and he has extensive knowledge of the multifaceted set of practices and approaches that are part of efforts to increase accessibility in teaching and research. Recently, he gave a presentation titled “Disability as virtuality: Universal design for learning in extraordinary times” for the British Sociological Association Disability Study Group’s webinar series on COVID-19. Along with Natalia Esling, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in our department, Honisch serves on the organizing committee for the upcoming online symposium “Music, Mediation, and Disability: Representation and Access.”

Stefan’s knowledge is an asset to cultivating inclusivity and equity in any environment, as accessibility is applicable to all fields, beyond academia – including in non-profits and commercial enterprises. He is a valuable contact for anyone looking to engage in more accessible and equitable practices in the workplace.

More information about Stefan, and to contact him:

UBC Profile:

Additional Resources on Accessibility:

Start with the 7 Core Skills:
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Making Virtual Meetings and Events Accessible to the Disability Community: