Photo of Patty Douglas. She is looking to the left, wearing glasses and a blue shirt, holding her ear.

Photo of Patty Douglas. She is looking to the left, wearing glasses and a blue shirt, holding her ear.

Patty Douglas

Patty Douglas is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University. Her work is in disability studies and multimedia storytelling as informed by interpretive, critical, feminist and post-structuralist/ -humanist thought. Douglas researches critical autism and care genealogies alongside lived experiences to transform stereotypes, push back against exclusionary education systems, and open access to life.


 Photo of 6 people working on making digital stories at a workshop. The people are sitting or standing and all look to be concentrating on their work.

Photo of 6 people working on making digital stories at a workshop. The people are sitting or standing and all look to be concentrating on their work.

Enacting Autism Inclusion

Funded by Principal investigator the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)

Principal Investigator: Patty Douglas; Co-investigator Carla Rice

Enacting Critical Disability Communities in Education is a multimedia storytelling project that links autistic people, family members, researchers, educators and artists in a unique international partnership that brings together stakeholder groups in education. The aim of the partnership is to collaboratively rethink inclusion theoretically and practically in ways that desire the difference of autism and move beyond remediation or intervention as the ‘solution’ to the problem of autism. An archive of 17 first-person films was created through two multimedia storytelling workshops in Toronto, along with a short documentary about the project. The project will share insights gleaned from these outputs, alongside interviews and surveys with educational leaders to foster a change in both consciousness and practice around educational inclusion.

To find out more about the project, please visit the Enabling Autism Inclusion website: 
http://enactingautisminclusion.ca/