EDI Colloquium - Accessibility in Research Environments by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Ms. Ainsley Latour


Sukhai, M. (2023). EDI Colloquium - Accessibility in Research Environments by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Ms. Ainsley Latour. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/23030077


Sukhai, Mahadeo. EDI Colloquium - Accessibility in Research Environments by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Ms. Ainsley Latour. Perimeter Institute, Nov. 03, 2023, https://pirsa.org/23030077


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Mahadeo Sukhai Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Talk Type Scientific Series


Learn more about the benefits of creating an accessible environment and how you play a part. Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai and Ainsley Latour are scientists, researchers, educators and IDEA professionals, who are passionate about and committed to inclusion in the scientific research and training enterprise. 

  • Learning Objective 1 – provide an understanding of the “leaky funnel” in STEM training for persons with disabilities
  • Learning Objective 2 – provide an overview of the principles underpinning a culture of accessibility and inclusion in the sciences
  • Learning Objective 3 – provide an appreciation for the importance of accessibility in scientific conferences and publications

Dr. Mahadeo A. Sukhai (He/Him), Ph.D. is the world’s first congenitally blind geneticist. Dr. Sukhai is Vice-President Research & International Affairs and Chief Accessibility Officer for the CNIB (Canadian National Institute for the Blind), having previously served as a researcher in cancer genomics at the University Health Network in Toronto. Dr. Sukhai also holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, Queens University (Kingston, ON, Canada), as well as additional Adjunct roles in the Faculty of Business and Information Technology at Ontario Tech University and in the Inclusive Design Program at OCAD University. In his role at CNIB, Dr. Sukhai is responsible for organizational employee culture-building strategy related to inclusion, accessibility and employee wellness. Dr. Sukhai is the Principal Investigator for "Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences," a book based on his ground-breaking work on access to science within higher education, and serves as the principal investigator for national projects to examine accessibility and inclusion within science education and healthcare. Dr. Sukhai co-founded IDEA-STEM, and INOVA, the international Network of researchers with Visual impairments and their Allies, a new professional society with the mission to improve accessibility and inclusion in the biomedical sciences for researchers with vision loss. Dr. Sukhai is the External Co-Chair for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research External Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Systemic Ableism and the Chair of the Employment Technical Committee for Accessibility Standards Canada.

Ms. Ainsley R. Latour (She/Her), B.Ed., MLT, M.Sc. is the president and co-founder of IDEA-STEM, an organization created to enhance the participation and inclusion for people with disabilities in STEM.  She identifies as hard of hearing and neurodiverse.  She also serves on the Government of Ontario’s AODA Post-Secondary Education Standards Development Committee. Ainsley's work on the experience of students with disabilities in Canada has been presented at national and international conferences on science and disability, including SciAccess 2019 and 2020, the ISLAND 2020 conference, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2018, 2019 and 2021).  She also maintains a practice as a licensed cytogenetic and molecular genetic technologist (MLT).  She holds two undergraduate degrees, two graduate diplomas and will graduate soon with a masters in marine environmental genetics from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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