Students with disabilities face unique challenges during clinical internship settings. The goal of this project is to facilitate the internship experiences of students with disabilities enrolled in Dawson College health-related, social service and community recreational leadership programs. To accomplish this, we interviewed 29 key stakeholders (students, faculty supervisors and accessibility staff). A toolkit, consisting of a series of recommendations concerning successful techniques and strategies, examples of best practices, and a suite of short videos is under development. This project is funded by Entente Canada-Québec (ECQ).
Susie Wileman, M.Ed., is a part-time faculty member at Concordia University, Department of Applied Human Sciences. Prior to her retirement in 2020 she was a psychologist and service provider in the Student AccessAbility Centre at Dawson College. She is currently a scholar-in-residence at Dawson College and a research associate with the Adaptech Research Network.
She has been active on several committees focused on inclusion, accessibility and services to students with disabilities. From 2013-2016 she was involved in a multi-institutional research project headed by McGill University to examine faculty awareness of Universal Design in the post-secondary milieu. In 2020-2021 she was member of Concordia University’s Accessibility Policy Advisory Group, which was tasked with the redrafting of Concordia’s Accessibility Policy. She has also been a member of the CIUSSS-Centre-Ouest’s Cavendish Users Group, a committee of community members involved in representing the needs of patients, families, and users of health and social services in Côte-des-Neiges/NDG, the most populous borough of the city of Montreal. Her career interest is focused on inclusion, accessibility, universal design, and services to students with disabilities. Susie continues to engage in research, teaching, and community outreach.
Alice Havel completed a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Before her retirement, she was the Coordinator of the Student AccessAbility Centre at Dawson College. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Gérald-Sigouin Award (AQPC) for the impression her work left on the college community. She has maintained her interest in learning disabilities as a board member of the Montreal Centre for Learning Disabilities. She is a research associate with the Adaptech Research Network and a Scholar in Residence at Dawson College. Her research focus is on the development of inclusive teaching practices through universal design and the use and accessibility of information and communication technologies in postsecondary education for students with disabilities.