Talking Institutions and Disability with Megan Linton and CUDRG

Keenan Speaks

I had the pleasure of an energizing and challenging to shared presentation with podcaster and researcher Megan Linton as part of the Carleton University’s Disability Research Group – CUDRG series “Access, Inclusion, and Disability: Connecting Scholars and Practitioners.” We presented on different topics related to institutional history and practices related to people with intellectual disabilities and autistic persons, and answered questions that went into overtime!

Its so important that practioners in the field and researchers across academia work together to help the public understand not only the hideous past traumas of institutionalization and incarceration of people with intellectual disabilities, but that these processes and practices are still with us, even if the words and the buildings being used are different. I am so hopeful to see the work that Megan is doing, not only that she has chosen this area of research, but that she is communicating it so effectively…

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About Keenan Wellar

Keenan is a citizen of Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) and co-leader of a social change and community benefit organization,, a registered charity which helps the community welcome and include people with intellectual disabilities, autistic persons, and individuals with a dual diagnosis to live, work, and play as valued citizens. LiveWorkPlay was named Ottawa's Best Non-Profit of 2019 by the Ottawa Board of Trade and Ottawa Business Journal "Best Ottawa Business Awards " With Julie Kingstone, Keenan is co-owner of Wellstone Leadership Services, dedicated to supporting a culture of excellence for non-profit, private sector, government organizations, collaborations, and partnerships. Keenan is a founding member of the leadership group for the From Presence To Citizenship collaborative. Keenan is a regular guest (monthly) of the News 1310 Power Lunch radio show, and he writes the monthly NPQ North column for Nonprofit Quarterly. When not working and supporting various social causes, Keenan loves kayaking and wildlife photography, cheering for the Ottawa RedBlacks and Pittsburgh Steelers, and causing a disturbance on social media.
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