Reframing inaccessibility as structural violence in the lives of mothers with disabilities

MElanie Stone

Reframing inaccessibility as structural violence in the lives of mothers with disabilities

Melanie Stone will present the findings of her Photovoice research project, located in London, Ontario. This project examined the experiences of mothers with disabilities with employment engagement. Through this research project which included narrative interviews, photovoice focus groups and semi-structured interviews over the course of 18 months, the women shared their experiences of community mobility, structural violence, the motherwork of disability, and the structures which keep mothers in poverty.

Learning Objectives

  • Attendees will better understand the difference between “barriers” and structural violence
  • Understand better how ableism contributes to the continued surveillance of mothers with disabilities and child removal.
  • Provide tools to identify ableism in practices and to better understand the community violence that mothers with disabilities face
  • Learn how to support interventions, and advocate for improved opportunities for parents with disabilities in our communities.

Melanie Stone is currently the Accessibility Specialist for the City of London and a PhD Candidate in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western University.

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