NEADS x Realize: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leading to Belonging

Join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) on Friday, February 9th at 6pm ET on Zoom as we host Realize Canada for our latest Virtual Access for All Webinar!

Ingrid Palmer, Realize’s IDEAL Officer, will highlight the critical advocacy work and support services Realize provides for people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities, as well as their recent Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Leading to Belonging (IDEAL) community-based research initiative.

Chloée Godin-Jacques, NEADS’ Lead Researcher, will then share their findings from NEADS’ related focus group exploring the experiences of racialized post-secondary students with episodic disabilities.

The event will conclude with a 10 minute Q&A session, where questions and authentic discussion around episodic disabilities, the intersection of race and disability, and the concept of IDEAL are highly encouraged!

Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Registration is required - please register here. This event is a feature of our Virtual Access for All webinar series, which is generally supported by Employment and Social Development Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program.

About Realize

Realize is the leading national charitable organization in Canada working to improve the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV and other episodic disabilities across the lifespan through integrated research, education, policy, and practice. Realize has been undertaking targeted projects on episodic disabilities and employment for the past 15 years and for those targeted in this work, knowledge of episodic disabilities has increased significantly - however, the sheer numbers of people living with episodic disabilities requires expansion of this work.

Meet the Speakers

Ingrid Palmer, Realize IDEAL Officer

Ingrid Palmer is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author, and holds the position of IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Leading to belonging) Chief Officer at Realize. As a visually impaired former foster kid, Ingrid is committed to combating discrimination in all its forms, as well as to drive systemic change and debunking myths and stereotypes of stigmatized identities. Ingrid’s dedication is deeply rooted in her living experiences of early childhood trauma, foster care, disability, and gender-based violence. Ingrid’s community service includes the Child Welfare PAC, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and the Confronting Anti-Black racism unit.

Chloée Godin-Jacques, NEADS Lead Researcher

Chloée Catherine (she/they) is a white settler disabled queer person. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education at Western University. Chloée is an activist and strives to generate awareness about accessibility, disability, and intersectionality and dismantle preconceived notions by sharing her own diverse lived experiences through the means of blog posts and social media posts. She is also a Lead Consultant at Chloée Catherine Consulting, where she supports businesses and other organizations to further foster inclusive spaces for disabled persons. Chloée’s personal and professional interests lie within the realms of accessibility, activism, community-building, disability, higher education, intersectionality, and sexuality. You can follow Chloée’s journey via @chloeecatherine (on Instagram) and

About NEADS’ Virtual Access for All Project

NEADS' Virtual Access for All Project provides educational support and awareness aimed at students with disabilities transitioning into post-secondary education. Accessibility and accommodations resources are provided through our quarterly State of the Schools publications, while our regular webinar series addresses topics such as self-advocacy, accessing accommodations at work and school, and transitioning into the workforce. Further, financial support is available through NEADS' Student Awards Program and Accessibility Resilience Program. Virtual Access for All is generously supported by Employment and Social Development Canada's Supports for Student Learning, Goal Getters Program, and has recently received an upward amendment in response to positive reception.

Carly Fox (she/her/elle),, NEADS Communications and Partnerships Director |Directrice des communications et des partenariats de NEADS, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201

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