The AAO’s Professional Development Committee presents
Safe Spaces for Archivists with Disabilities
These virtual sessions are spaces set aside and reserved for archivists with disabilities in our profession to connect and meet with one another in an informal, participant-driven environment.
Note that these sessions are only open to archivists with disabilities. Allies may want to review the list of anti-racism educational resources compiled by the AAO. For more information about why safe spaces are needed, see Blackwell, Kelsey, “Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People,” the Arrow, 9 August 2018.
Meetings are governed by the AAO’s Code of Conduct as well as a guideline of confidentiality. It is essential that all participants agree to keep confidential the identities of individual participants and any names that may be mentioned during their time together, as well as any attributed specific comments. Agreement about this point is required.
About the moderator: Sarah McDougall has been a stutterer since early childhood, and has struggled with discrimination and mental health related to her disability. She is passionate about bringing visibility and respect to people with disabilities, and is continuously learning more about herself and how to navigate the archives profession as a stutterer. She was the first archivist at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, has worked numerous contracts with the Ontario government, and is currently the Archives Assistant at the Anglican Diocese of Toronto Archives. She holds a Master of Information and a Master of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto's iSchool.
Recording: These sessions will not be recorded.
Registration: $0 (AAO members, student members, non-members).
Maximum of 45 participants per session.
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