Teaching ‘care’ Personal support worker training in Ontario. (2010-2014)
This project explores Personal Support Worker (PSW) training in Ontario. PSWs assist with the tasks of daily living, and training programs are offered in public, private, and in-service settings. I am examining curriculum, demographics, debates about regulation, and theoretical questions about ‘care’ in order to inform policy discussions about worker shortages in long term care.
Where you are now?:
Postdoctoral Fellow in Long Term Care Health Human Resources, Bruyère Research Institute & the Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa
Founder & Personal Trainer
Scholarly manuscript in progress on disability movements and care under advanced contract with University of British Columbia Press.
2011-12 Canadian Centre on Disability Studies Small Grant
Principal Applicant for a community-partnered, participatory research project titled: The Youth Activist Forum: Exploring Disability Activism & Identities
We coordinated a three-day Youth Activist Forum about disability for 40 youth held in June 2011
I collected and analyzed qualitative data from youth participants and speakers
Outcomes: Two articles, two conference presentations and received a National Award from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities
Publications & Presentations
Peer Reviewed Publications
Kelly, C. (forthcoming). Towards renewed descriptions of Canadian disability movements: Disability activism outside of the non-profit sector. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
Kelly, C. (2012). Building bridges with accessible care: Disability Studies, feminist care scholarship and beyond. Hypatia. Early View article, 1-19.
Kelly, C. & Carson, E. (2012). The Youth Activist Forum: Forging a rare, disability-positive space that empowers youth. Journal of Youth Studies 15(8), 1089-1106.
Kelly, C. (2011) Making ‘care’ accessible: Personal assistance for disabled people and the politics of language. Critical Social Policy 31(4), 562-582.
Kelly, C. (2010). Wrestling with group identity: Disability activism and direct funding. Disability Studies Quarterly, 30(3/4).
Kelly, C. (2010). The role of mandates/philosophies in shaping interactions between disabled people and their support providers. Disability & Society 25(1), 103-119.
At the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences:
Re/Moving ‘care’: Exploring scholarly tensions through the Ontario Direct Funding program. Presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Conference. Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. May 30-June 1, 2012.
Building bridges with ‘accessible care’: Opportunities and challenges for disability studies and feminist care scholarship. Presented at the Canadian Sociological Association Annual Conference. Wilfred Laurier University and the University of Waterloo. May 29-June 2, 2012.
Guarded borders: The disability activist identity. Presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Conference. Carleton University, May 25-26, 2009.
Kelly, C. & Lalonde, J. Exploring the care landscape in Canada. Presented at the Canadian Women’s Studies Association Conference. Carleton University, May 24-26, 2009.
The role of mandates/philosophies in shaping interactions between people with disabilities and their support providers. Presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Conference. University of British Columbia, June 4-5, 2008.
Personal assistance: Theoretical approaches and forms of practice. Presented at the Canadian Disability Studies Association Annual Conference. York University, May 27-28, 2006.
To Other Academic Bodies
In the United States
Re/Moving ‘care’: Scholarly collaborations and cultural representations formed through the Ontario Direct Funding program. Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 20-23, 2012.
Carson, E. & Kelly, C. The Youth Activist Forum: Forging communities and rare cultural space for disabled youth. Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference. Denver, Colorado. June 20-23, 2012.
Only arms and legs: Framing attendants as assistive devices for people with disabilities. Presented at the Gender, Bodies and Technology Conference. Virginia Tech. April 26-28, 2012.
‘Rescuing’ disability from the activists: Canada interprets the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference. Denver, Colorado. November 11-14, 2010.
Making care accessible: Personal assistance for disabled people and the politics of language. Presented at Disability in an Intersectional Lens. Syracuse, New York. October 8-9, 2010.
Theorizing the many sides of care work: Insights from feminist disability theory and the political ethic of care. Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, June 2-5, 2010.
Wrestling with group identity: The future of disability activism. Presented at the Society for Disability Studies Annual Conference. Tucson, Arizona, June 17-20, 2009.
Current application of Independent Living and deinstitutionalization ideals: Interactions between people with disabilities and their support providers. Presented at Multiple Perspectives on Access, Inclusion and Disability Conference. Ohio State University, April 22-23, 2008.
When direct funding attendant services fall apart: Life course, disability and the places where ‘care’ belongs. Presented at the annual bilingual conference of the Canadian Society for the Sociology of Health. Ottawa, Ontario. October 25-27, 2012.
Globalized and gendered intersections of disability and attendant services. Presented at the 19th Canadian Conference on Global Health. Ottawa, Ontario. October 21-23, 2012.
Kelly, C. & Carson, E. Creative and intersectional youth activism within Canadian disability movements. Presented at Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Conference. Ryerson University. March 16-18, 2012.
Not care, and ‘not like work’: Attendants working for self-managers with disabilities under the Ontario Direct Funding program. Presented at Disability & Work: Toward Re-conceptualizing the ‘Burden’ of Disability. University of Guelph. October 25, 2011.
Mother advocates and direct/individualized funding for people with disabilities in Ontario. Presented at the Mothers and the Economy: The Economics of Mothering Conference. Toronto, Ontario, October 21-23, 2010.
Noncompliant patients: The Independent Living Movement and midwifery. Presented at Disorderly Conduct Conference. Wilfred Laurier University, July 24-26, 2009.
Identity crisis: Canadian disability movements and the hierarchy of impairments. Presented at the 4th Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Student Conference. Trent University, November 7, 2007.
Stienstra, D. & Kelly, C. E-democracy and people with disabilities: Theme findings. Presented at the Disability and Information Technologies (Dis-IT) Hardwiring Inclusion Conference. University of Manitoba, October 26-27, 2006.
Non-academic Talks and Other Contributions
Green, T., Kelly, C. & Shaw, K. Sensitivity to disability issues. Presented to the 28th Ottawa Scouting Group on behalf of Citizens with Disabilities-Ontario. Ottawa, Ontario, October 3, 2012.
Kelly, C. & Stevenson, D. Expanding citizenship in Ontario: Understanding the relevance of the AODA. Presented to the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers on behalf of Citizens with Disabilities-Ontario. Pembroke, Ontario, May 6-7, 2010.
Coordinator and host of a three part fall Webinar series “Emerging Ideas from Disability Studies Students” through Citizens with Disabilities-Ontario. September 2009.
Getting to know the disability movement presented in a Webinar format for Citizens with Disabilities-Ontario. July 16, 2009.