Graduate Students and Activists
Rolando Jr. believes that in order to bring inclusive education forward, Persons with Disabilities (PWD) themselves have to be empowered to fight for their own right to education. This inspired him to found The Outstanding Persons with Disabilities of Negros Oriental Alumni Community (TOPDAC): a group of 35 PWD recognized for their personal excellence, leadership, and social responsibility. In 2012, he initiated a project to increase the capacities of student teachers to accommodate children with disabilities in the classroom. Rolando’s contributions have been recognized internationally, such as by the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group (GEFI-YAG).
Rolando Jr. was selected by the Erasmus Mundus Program in Special and Inclusive Education to be a student scholar in 2013. The program provided him the opportunity to finish his Masters Degree at the University of Roehampton London, University of Oslo, and Charles University in Prague.
Post-doctoral Researchers and Associates
Born and living in Montreal – a unceded Mohawk territory, she has been involved in various activist scenes for the last fifteen years, especially in Deaf, queer, sex workers, feminists, and video-activist collectives/community organizations. Holding a Ph.D in Communication and a Master’s degree in Social Work, she produced a graphic novel as part of her research-creation thesis. Called C’est tombé dans l’oreille d’une Sourde (It fell on Deaf ears), it’s a first bilingual digital graphic novel in Quebec Sign Language (LSQ) and French, and it is based on excerpts from interviews conducted with deaf and hearing people. Author of diverses videos, publications and conferences, Véro co-organized the first seminar on Deaf studies in the frame of the Acfas Congress in 2015, and is interested in contributing to the expansion of Critical Disability and Deaf Studies in the French-speaking world.
Affiliated Researchers and Students
Magdalena Olszanowski, Antonia Hernandez, Jay Dolmage