The Proud Project

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The PROUD Project is a research and advocacy institute that conducts Phenomenological Research/Remedies on  the Under-inclusion of Disabled (PROUD) adults. It recently completed a multi-year study on disability and employment.  The research highlighted the experiences of disabled employees, as well as those of employers who hire people with disabilities across five countries:  Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

PROUD also undertakes anti-ableist research and advocacy focused on social justice and health equity.

PROUD also produces the podcast: Broadcastability: a podcast by for and about people living in disabling contexts.

Updates from the PROUD Project:

  • . . . . if you’d like to support our work, you can send your gift to [email protected]. We can provide tax deductible receipts for both American and Canadian donors.


    PROUD has finished interviewing research participants in all 5 countries; Canada, the US, the UK, France and Belgium. (We are no longer recruiting for this study.)

    We are currently publishing Season 2 of our podcast: Broadcastability ( Episodes are either in English or French and, 2 of them will also by translated into International Sign Language as well. Season 2 podcasts will also be published on our YouTube channel The PROUD Project @theproudproject6570 as a result.

    We have been fortunate to have been offered several opportunities to workshop our study results to various groups and stakeholders. We are writing articles for publication in scholarly journals. Recently Chloë Atkins and Isabelle Avakumovic-Pointon published a piece in The Conversation outlining some of the take aways form our multinational research on disability and employment: How employers can tackle misconceptions about disabled people in the workplace.

    In October, The American Journal of Bioethics recently published Chloë Atkins’ commentary: A Disabled Bioethicist’s Critique of Canada’s Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) about the implementation of MAID (medical assistance in dying) in Canada from a disability perspective. Atkins also has an article on disability ethics and the allocation of critical care resources under review and, a chapter being readied for publication by the University of Manitoba which outlines a disability theory perspective on the resistance to public health measures during the COVID pandemic.

    The PROUD Project looks forward to carrying out further research with regard to disability and employment, anti-ableism, health equity and, disability rights and justice. We are actively seeking collaborations with scholarly (college or university) or community (businesses, NGOs or government) partners who are interested in disability research and advocacy. We are particularly interested in working with partners in France and, those interested in the disability experience of Indigenous communities in Canada. Of course, we remain open to all proposals for research or advocacy.

    If you are thinking of donating to a nonprofit organisation this calendar year, please think of us at The PROUD Project. Please feel free to contact us at: [email protected][email protected] for further information, or give directly to: [email protected].