(MENAFN - The Conversation) Susan completed a PhD from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON in Rehabilitation Science (2015), and a clinical Master's in Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto (2004). Susan identifies as a disabled clinician and a critical disability scholar. Her doctoral work explored how her own reflections on living with spina bifida can be used to critique normative assumptions on disability within rehabilitation practices and society at large. Her research, teaching, and writing interests include advocating for equity, justice, and anti-oppressive practices within the rehabilitation sciences; academic ableism; how rehabilitation science programs exclude disabled students; and using narrative research in teaching critical disability studies concepts within rehabilitation and disability studies programs. Susan teaches as an instructor within the undergraduate Disability Studies program at King's University College @ Western University Canada. She guest lectures throughout many Canadian OT programs on critical disability studies and anti-oppressive clinical practice. She consults on several national research projects underpinned by critical disability studies and disability researching partnerships. Susan also has a professional practice where she consults with, advocates for, and supports disabled individuals and chronically ill women in navigating their disability and health related needs.
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