NEADS Conference 2000 - "Networking, Educating, Advocating: Delivering Success in the New Millennium"
Lucie Lemieux-Brassard, Vice-President, External Affairs, Quebec Association of Post- Secondary Disabled Students:
Criminologist and probation and parole officer from 1977 to 1991, she received an administrative discharge for a disability reason following a civism act. In 1995, Lucie completed her comprehensive exam for a Ph. D. program in Applied Human Sciences at the University of Montreal. Her topic was: How Quebec legislation constitutes an environmental obstacle (discrimination) toward full social participation of persons with disabilities. Then, in September 1996, she returned to complete a bachelor degree in social law.
When she returned to university in 1991, Lucie started her involvement in the disability community. Over the years, she has served as Chair of the University of Montreal Association Disabled Students Association (1991- 1995); chair of the UQAM Association for Disabled Students Association (1998- 1999); board member, vice- chair, chair and vice- chair for external affairs again of the Quebec Association of PostSecondary Disabled Students - AQEIPS (since 1992); chair of the Quebec's umbrella organization - COPHAN (1993- 1997); board member and treasurer at the NIC (1998- 2000) and Quebec representative and treasurer of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) since 1994. She also participates in the CCD Human Rights Committee, and Social Policy and Health Reform working groups. In 1996, she was a member of the federal Task Force on disability issues. Since 1993, she has been a member of, and has done research, for NEADS.
In the past ten (10) years, she has published numerous articles relating to the quality of life of persons with disabilities. Lucie's orientation has been one of identifying barriers and means to removing all types of environmental obstacles by promoting environmental facilitators that could have impact on everyone (with or without disabilities) and can improve our quality of life as full citizens.