News release

CRWDP Webinar Series – Webinar #24 will be held on September 14, 2021 at 12:00 PM EST

CRWDP Webinar Series

You are invited to attend Webinar #24, as part of the CRWDP Webinar Series, taking place on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:00 to 1:00 PM EST.

This webinar will be presented Shikha Gupta and Atul Jaiswal (University of Montreal). Shikha and Atul’s presentation is entitled “Rates and predictors of employment for people with vision and hearing disabilities in Canada”.

Presentation Description: Research suggests that worldwide, individuals with disabilities are less likely to get employed than individuals without disabilities, despite similar age and educational attainment.  This presentation will cover the findings of our analysis of the Canadian Survey on Disability 2017 on the employment rates and its predictors for people with vision and hearing disability across Canada and how it compares with people without disabilities. We will then discuss the implications of our findings for current and future policy efforts towards employment equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Presenters' Bios:

Shikha Gupta

Speaker 1: Shikha Gupta, PhD, MHA (Gold medalist), BSc. OT
Biography: Shikha is a post-doctoral researcher at University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada and an adjunct assistant professor at Queen’s University. She recently completed her PhD in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University. Shikha is a gold medalist and completed her graduate degree in Occupational Therapy from India. In India, she worked in the capacity of a national consultant to the Ministry of Health, Government of India. During her clinical practice, she worked as an Early Intervention Therapist for children with developmental disabilities.  Shikha is passionate about research in the area of disability policy and has published >20 research papers in several peer-reviewed journals. She is a recipient of several awards including ‘Health Sciences Outstanding Thesis Award’ recently at Queen’s University. To know more visit


Atul Jaiswal

Speaker 2: Atul Jaiswal, PhD, MSW (Gold medalist), BSc. OT
Biography: Atul Jaiswal is a CIHR Health System Impact post-doctoral fellow in Vision Science at the School of Optometry, University of Montreal, Canada. His scholarship aims to advance the knowledge in the field of combined vision and hearing impairment [referred to as dual sensory impairment (DSI) or deafblindness] and generate evidence to inform global health and rehabilitation care practice. He obtained his Ph.D. in Rehabilitation Science from Queen’s University, where his thesis focused on identifying ways to enhance the participation of individuals with DSI in society. He is also a recipient of the MITACS Accelerate Fellowship to pursue a research study on how best to integrate vision loss rehabilitation in the Canadian healthcare system. He is a trained occupational therapist as well as a rehabilitation social worker with experience of more than ten years in the field of disability rehabilitation. He received a gold medal during his Master’s degree in Disability Studies and was instrumental in initiating a successful advocacy campaign for people with sensory disabilities. To know more visit

Be prepared to learn and ask questions. We will have a Q and A session after Shikha and Atul’s presentations.

CRWDP Webinar #24

When: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Rates and predictors of employment for people with vision and hearing disabilities in Canada

Presenters:  Shikha Gupta and Atul Jaiswal

Register in advance for this free webinar.

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