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2020 Exchange Forum and Conference

Inclusive Society’s 2020 Exchange Forum

October 22, 2020

The Inclusive Society’s 2020 Exchange Forum took place online on October 22, 2020. Thank you to the 90 participants, partners and researchers of Inclusive Society, who made this virtual edition a success! It was an opportunity to learn more about the research projects supported by Inclusive Society, to reflect on how these results can be useful to the community and to consider further avenues for them.

If you have attended the Forum, you can complete the satisfaction form. You can also complete the form in Word format and send it by email to

Overview of the year 2019-2020

For the introduction, Philippe Archambault, Scientific Director of Inclusive Society, presented an overview of last year’s activities. The 2019-2020 annual report will soon be available on our website. In addition, Denise Pérusse, Director of Societal Challenges and Intersectoral Networking at Fonds de recherche du Québec presented some funding opportunities for intersectoral projects.

The PowerPoint presented by Denise Pérusse and the one presented by Philippe Archambault can be downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Denise Pérusse’s presentation in PDF format (in French)

Philippe Archambault’s presentation can be downloaded in PDF and Word format (in English)

Virtual Booths

Following these presentations, participants were able to visit (virtually) 14 booths held by members of teams supported by Inclusive Society or by students who received an Inclusive Society – Université de Montréal Scholarship.

The list of virtual booths can be consulted here. On this page, you will find various information and documents (summaries, PowerPoint, etc.) on the projects that were presented.


To conclude the afternoon, 5 workshops were held simultaneously. The workshops focused on various themes related to the social inclusion of people with disabilities: accessibility in museums, urban accessibility and inclusive education, the creation of affordable and socially inclusive housing, access to information and media (self)representations of disability.

The list of workshops and their summary are available on here. Additional documentation, some PowerPoint and some recording of the workshop can also be viewed there.

Thank you!

Finally, the Inclusive Society team would like to thank all the participants of this Forum who attended in large numbers, despite the many challenges posed by the current pandemic.

If you have any comments or would like to contact a researcher or partner, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Inclusive Society team:

Human rights, disability and crisis situations: from local to international

October 23, 2020

With Mathieu Simard (Université du Québec à Chicoutimi), Steven Estey (Human Rights Consultant) and Bonnie Brayton (National Executive Director, DAWN Canada).

In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since then, the United Nations have been evaluating the implementation of the Convention by the Canadian government. Organizations of people with disabilities have themselves carried out this evaluation process by preparing shadow reports.

In considering the legal provisions to which Canada subscribes, it is relevant to question the impact of the ratification of the Convention on the lives of people with disabilities in Canada and in Quebec. The conference gave us the opportunity to talk about what international law offers to local organizations, in particular in the context of the current pandemic, and the mechanisms available to members of civil society to advance their rights and report Canada’s failings in this area.

The recording of the conference can be viewed here:

In addition, those interested in contributing to the production of the second shadow report can contact Mathieu Simard ( or Steven Estey (