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Giving People with Disabilities the Tools to Speak Out

  • Desmarais Building, 12th Floor, Room 12-102 55 Laurier Avenue East Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 Canada (map)

The Royal Canadian Institute for Science and the Institute for Science, Society and Policy are delighted to host the first panel of the second year of the ISSP-RCIScience Lecture Series. The series focusses on the impact of emerging science and technology on society.

On December 10th, we will discuss the science, policy and societal implications of new technologies designed to allow people with cognitive disabilities to communicate and interact with the world around them.

Opening Remarks

Dr. Monica Gattinger, Director of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa


Dr. Tammy Clifford, Vice-President, Research Programs, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)


Dr. Virginie Cobigo, Associate Professor, Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Dr. Lundy Lewis, Canada/US Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in Science and Society (2018-2019) at the ISSP, University of Ottawa

Dr. Michael Orsini, Full Professor, Political Studies and Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa

Christine Malone, Diversity Specialist, City of Ottawa

Closing Remarks

Helle Tosine, Past Board Chair, Royal Canadian Institute for Science

Refreshments will be served at 4:30 PM. The event starts at 5 PM.

Reserve your spot here.

This talk is presented with support from the Ontario Brain Institute.


The Desmarais Building at the University of Ottawa is a barrier-free space, with an elevator in the lobby to access all floors. The 12th floor has accessible washrooms. DMS 12102 is the first room on the left of the elevators. There will be clear signage for and at the event. We will provide proximal locations for person with wheelchair, sufficient clearance for movement of walkers and wheelchairs, proximal locations for those with visual or hearing disabilities. Hard-copies of the presentations and/or talking points will be available. Microphones will ensure audio clarity. ASL interpretation will be provided. Service animals are welcome. Please help us make this a scent-free environment.

Disability accommodations

Should you have any disability-related requirements, please contact Rafael Dezordi by Thursday, December 6.