Chelsea Osei is an instructor at the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at McGill University and a speech language pathologist at Summit School.

In this video


  • Disability justice
  • Intersectionality

Osei also identifies as an able-bodied, cis-queer Black woman and a first-generation Canadian of Ghanaian descent.

In this video, she discusses how to apply an intersectional framework to disability studies in order to circumvent the added constraints disabled peoples face to mobility and health care when they are racialized, gender nonbinary or otherwise marginalized.

To overcome the oppressive consequences of ableism, she urges educators to think about scenarios specific to their profession and add an intersectional framework. She stresses that this is not a “check-box” solution but an ongoing journey to shift the narrative around racialized disabled people’s experiences.

Taking action

  • Apply an intersectional framework to your pedagogy in order to become aware of the ableist notions within your field.
  • Understand that anti-oppressive work is not a check box; it is an ongoing journey to shift the narrative.
  • Understand how power imbalances impact service delivery.


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