R4R@Q Session - Accessibility in Research: From Design to Dissemination


Wednesday March 1, 2023
10:00 am - 11:30 am


Virtual session
Event Category

The Vice-Principal Research Portfolio is pleased to host a webinar dedicated to Accessibility in Research.  This Resources for Research at Queen’s (R4R@Q) session will be jointly presented by the Co-chair of SSHRC's Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Systemic Ableism Dr. Stefan Sunandan Honisch and the Queen’s Manager for Accessibility Services, Andrew Ashby.

Stefan Sunandan Honisch will provide an overview of “Accessibility in Research: From Design to Dissemination” a toolkit that he helped develop for Royal Roads University. The toolkit suggests guiding questions and offers concrete recommendations for conducting research that incorporates disability inclusion and access into all phases of a project.

Andrew Ashby will provide a foundational knowledge of accessibility and reducing barriers:

  • Why is accessibility important?
  • Understanding Accessibility vs Accommodation
  • Accessibility barriers
  • Increasing accessibility with some easy and quick accessibility wins

Through participation in this workshop, you will learn:

  • how to use the toolkit in different research and teaching contexts
  • how to move beyond approaches that react to disability through ad hoc individual accommodations
  • how to develop disability-inclusive methods of data collection and analysis


A moderated question-and-answer session will follow the workshop.



  • ASL-English
  • CART – Communication Access Realtime Translation

To discuss how we may best support your access needs, please contact Andrea Hiltz, ahiltz@queensu.ca, 613-533-6000 x 33108

  Register for this session

Presented by:

Dr. Stefan Sunandan Honisch

Stefan Sunandan Honisch is a Sessional Instructor in the Department of Theatre and Film, at the University of British Columbia, having previously held a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow within the department for a project on the musical life of Helen Keller (1880-1968). His research interests are at the intersection of Critical Disability Studies, Music, and Critical Pedagogy. His first monograph project Vulnerable Virtuosities: Disability in Concert and Competition (in progress) uses a Disability Justice framework to explore how blind virtuoso pianists radically challenge stubborn dualisms of musical strength and weakness, demonstrating that vulnerable manifestations of disabled embodiment intensify the aesthetic and expressive power of musical virtuosity.

Andrew Ashby


Andrew is the Manager of Accessibility Services for the Human Rights and Equity Office at Queen’s University. He has over twenty-years of experience as an accessibility professional. Recognized for enthusiasm, knowledge, and dedication in providing accessible and inclusive environments for persons with disabilities. At Queen’s, Andrew is responsible for the coordination of accessibility initiatives throughout the University, including those initiatives stemming from the requirements of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As a person living with a disability, Andrew fully appreciates the significance of being able to work and learn in a way that takes into account dignity, independence, integration, and equality of opportunity.

Andrew created and manages the Accessibility Hub website. The Accessibility Hub, a central online resource for accessibility at Queen’s. The Accessibility Hub serves to elevate inclusion and improve access for everyone on the Queen’s campus. Andrew is also the past Chair of the Municipal Accessibility Advisory Committee (MAAC) for the City of Kingston and is a member of the Technical Committee for Outdoor Spaces Standards for the new Federal legislation, the “Accessible Canada Act”.


Questions? Email Andrea Hiltz  ahiltz@queensu.ca

Issues with registration? Email James Ligthart  james.ligthart@queensu.ca

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