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Providing Personal Care: What Really Matters (07:33)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted February 12, 2015

For all of her life, Catherine has had to rely on others to provide personal care for her.  Catherine eloquently describes what support people need to know in order to provide respectful, sensitive personal care.

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Living an Enviable Life (11:29)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted April 14, 2015

Catherine challenges the commonly held presumptions about being paralyzed and asserts that she lives "a highly enviable life."

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Disability Studies Series Part 2: The Medical Model of Disability versus The Social Model of Disabiity (18:54)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted September 25, 2017

Catherine explains the difference between the medical model of disability and the social model of disability in clear and accessible language. She  uses humorous yet illustrative examples of how the social model of disability  relocates the "problem of disability" from beng a deficiency in the body to a set of discriminatory biases in society.

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Disability Studies Series Part 4: The Illusion of Normalcy (10:51)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted November 06, 2017

Catherine and Norman explore some widely held but seldom questioned assumptions about the concept of "Normalcy".  They suggest that when the idea of what’s normal is thoughtfully examined, it becomes apparent that "normalcy" is not only an illusion, but also a very dangerous concept.

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Disability Studies Series Part 5: The Civil/Human Rights Model of Disability: Finding Solidarity (05:33)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted December 07, 2017

Catherine continues her discussion of the various Models of Disability and explains how the various simultaneous "rebellions" in the 1960s like the civil rights movement, the women's movement, and the peace movement led disabled people to redefine themselves as a "minority population" which, in turn, led to a new understanding of their fundmental rights as citizens.

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Disability Studies Series Part 6: The Unexpected Guest - The Dynamics of Systemic Discrimination (10:02)

Presenter: Catherine Frazee
Posted December 07, 2017

In this video, Catherine explains the often confusing but important distinctions among "intetional discrimination," "unintentional discrimination," and "systemic discrimination." She points that just because innovative solutions may allow a disabled person to have access to the community does not necessarily mean that the discimination has been resolved.

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Presenter Info
Catherine Frazee
9 Videos
Writer, Scholar, Disability Rights advocate

Catherine Frazee (OC) is a disabled Canadian educator, activist, researcher, poet and writer. She served as a Professor of Distinction in the Disability Studies program at Ryerson University as well as Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.