The Proud Project

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15 November 2023 – fall is the giving season . . .

. . . . 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].


The Phenomenological Research/Remedies on Employment & Disability (PROUD) Project is a multi-year research initiative studying disability and employment.  The study compares the experiences of disabled employees, employers who hire people with disabilities, and their coworkers, across five countries:  Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium.

  • 24 May 2023

    The PROUD Project team has almost completed the interviews of our 5 country international study – we are finishing up conversations in the UK this month. We have been speaking to both employees/entrepreneurs living in disabling contexts and employers of people living in disabling contexts in Canada, the UK, the US, France and Belgium. We have learned a great deal from the lived experiences of these individuals during the past 3 years and look forward to sharing our analysis and insights within the next few months.

    We are also producing a second season of the podcast, Broadcastability, which focuses on interviews about employment and disability in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Belgium. (As a reminder, the first season focused on Canada.) We anticipate releasing the second season’s episodes this summer.

    Dr. Chloe Atkins has presented preliminary findings at 2 Canadian conferences during the past winter. She will also be presenting during Canada’s National Access Awareness Week at the University of Toronto Scarborough: Addressing Ableism, Disability and Accessibility: Progress and Continued Action Plans, 30 May 2023.

    Isabelle Avakumovic-Pointon will be in Europe this summer presenting some her own work on the history of disability in Eastern Europe.

    The PROUD Project team will be writing articles in French and English providing an overview of the research thus far. We continue to write and publish articles on critical disability studies, ableism, employment and health equity — please see the “Impact” page for further details.

    We would like to thank all of the individuals who participated (and continue to participate) in our research. Your knowledge and expertise is absolutely essential to understanding how to better integrate our communities and to counter ableist presumptions which limit both the potential of disabled individuals as well as the overall well-being of our societies.

    We would also like to thank both the private and public funders of The PROUD Project’s work. Your financial backing allows us to undertake this important research. It means that we continue to hire highly qualified and highly performing “disabled” academics and professionals as members of our team. More importantly, it means that any recommendations or advocacy we undertake is based in well-carried-out research and substantive analysis.