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CRWDP Webinar Series – Webinar #15 will be on June 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST

CRWDP Webinar Series

You are invited to attend Webinar #15, as part of the CRWDP Webinar Series, taking place on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM EST. This webinar will be presented by Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai.

Presentation Title: Canadians with Sight Loss: A Population Perspective of Employment, Education and Accommodations

Presentation Description: The Canadian Survey on Disability 2017 affords us an opportunity to obtain an updated perspective on the lived experience of disability in Canada. The CNIB Research Team undertook a specific examination of the CSD 2017 data from the sight loss perspective, in order to understand social determinant of health measures within the Canadian sight loss population. We also sought to compare CNIB client data against the Canadian sight loss population. In this presentation, we will highlight the employment, education and accommodation experiences of Canadians with sight loss, as told through the lens of the CSD 2017 data. 

Presenter Bio: 

Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai is the Head of Research and Chief Accessibility Officer of the CNIB. Dr. Sukhai is Canada’s only congenitally blind biomedical research scientist, and the world’s first congenitally blind geneticist. Dr. Sukhai’s research program focuses on indicators of social inclusion – particularly education, employment and technology use – for Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, as well as measurement of healthcare outcomes for the blind or partially sighted population. Dr. Sukhai is passionate about accessibility, inclusion and universal design in education – particularly science education – and in the workplace.

Prior to accepting his current role at CNIB, Dr. Sukhai obtained his Ph.D. in cancer genetics from the University of Toronto, and completed two postdoctoral fellowships in cancer genomics and experimental therapeutics. Dr. Sukhai served as, first, Scientific Team Lead for the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, and then as Head of the Variant Interpretation Group in the Division of Genome Diagnostics at the University Health Network.

Dr. Sukhai also conducted a parallel research career in student experience and higher education, focusing on the experience of students with disabilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and Mathematics), and in graduate and postdoctoral training. Dr. Sukhai is the principal investigator of nationwide initiatives in Canada to examine the student experience, culminating in his serving as the Principal Investigator and lead author of Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences, published in 2016. Dr. Sukhai brings a wealth of experience to the conversations around accessibility and inclusion in the STEM education, digital and online learning, and employment settings.


Be prepared to learn and ask questions. We will have a Q and A session after Mahadeo’s presentation.

CRWDP Webinar #15

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Canadians with Sight Loss: A Population Perspective of Employment, Education and Accommodations

Presenter: Dr. Mahadeo Sukhai (CNIB)

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