Published: May 20, 2022

IWH team wins inclusive design competition for job accommodation and support tool

A team led by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Senior Scientist Dr. Monique Gignac has been announced first place winner in a competition called Inclusive Design Challenge: Support at Work. The competition, the second of the MaRS Innovation Challenges series and co-sponsored by CIBC, is aimed at finding solutions that improve support at work for persons with disabilities. The ACED project team (short for Accommodating and Communicating about Episodic Disabilities) won the competition for its Job Demands and Accommodation Planning Tool (JDAPT). It’s designed to help people think about the workplace supports they need when they live with a chronic health condition that can cause challenges. For more on the JDAPT tool, go to:

IWH scientist receives University of Toronto’s pain medicine teaching award

IWH Scientist Dr. Andrea Furlan has been named recpient of the 2022 Dr. Gil Faclier Award, given by the University of Toronto’s Anesthesiology & Pain Medicine department. The award was established in 2018 to recognize an outstanding teacher in pain medicine. To learn more about Furlan’s research interests, go to:

Special issue explores the benefits of inclusion of persons with disabilities

Innovative research from around the world on accessibility, inclusion and belonging is the focus of a special issue of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion., published in April 2022. With IWH’s Senior Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa and Post-Doctoral Researcher Dr. Dan Samosh as guest editors, the issue features research in Canada and beyond, including Tompa’s paper on estimating the benefits of a fully inclusive Canada. To read the issue, go to: issn/2040-7149/vol/41/iss/3