Upcoming Webinars


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Legal Advocacy to End Discrimination Against Women with Disabilities

Date & Time: August 17, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME 

To Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KD5Ako6vT3qNusS1FikB3A

This webinar brings together representatives from DisAbled Women’s Network of Canada (DAWN Canada), ARCH Disability Law Centre, and Women's Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF) to discuss their ongoing legal advocacy regarding gender-based violence against women with disabilities.

Presenters will share the various faces of gender-based violence for women and girls with disabilities and speak about efforts to include intersectional feminist lenses in legal advocacy addressing discrimination against women with disabilities. Examples from litigation, public legal education, community development, and law reform will be provided. Presenters will also discuss lessons learned from legal interventions, including the ableist assumptions in the justice system, the importance (and limits) of terminology, and the need for judicial education.

Participants will:

  • Learn about gender-based violence against women and girls with disabilities.
  • Develop their understanding of how ableism and stereotypes impact the legal experiences of women with disabilities.
  • Find out how the legal system can support women with disabilities move from victims to survivors.
  • Reflect on how they can center the needs and voices of people living with disabilities in their work.


Speaker Biographies

Panelist Change: Bonnie Brayton, National Executive Director, will be representing DAWN Canada on the panel.

Bonnie-Brayton.jpgA recognized leader in both the feminist and disability movements, Bonnie Brayton has been the National Executive Director of the DisAbled Women’s Network (DAWN) Canada since May 2007. In this role, she has proven herself as a formidable advocate for women with disabilities here in Canada and internationally. During her tenure with DAWN Canada, Ms. Brayton has worked diligently to highlight key issues that impact the lives of women and girls with disabilities.

From 2016 to 2019, Ms. Brayton served as a member of Minister’s Advisory Council on Gender-Based Violence(WAGE) and was reappointed to a two-year term. Earlier in 2020, Bonnie was appointed by The Honourable Carla Qualtrough to Covid-19 Disability Advisory Group (CDAG) and will continue to serve as part of the DAG. Bonnie was also appointed to be part of Gender and Trade Advisory Group.

Ms. Brayton lives in Montreal with her partner Delmar Medford. She has two adult daughters, Leah and Virginia.

Kerri-Joffe-web.jpgKerri Joffe is a human rights lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre. She has been involved in disability rights litigation at various tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Kerri has presented law reform and policy submissions about disability law issues to legislative committees, governments, administrative bodies, and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has delivered extensive public legal education to diverse disability communities and has guest lectured on disability rights issues. Before joining ARCH, Kerri worked on housing rights, social assistance programs, immigration, and refugee issues, human trafficking, and as a law clerk to Superior Court judges. Kerri holds degrees in law and social work from McGill University.

Rosel-Kim-web.jpgRosel Kim is a staff lawyer at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), who lives and works in Tkaronto. As a staff lawyer at LEAF, she contributes to the development and management of LEAF’s cases and drafts LEAF’s law reform submissions. She has written about technology-facilitated gender-based violence, race, and identity for the Toronto Star, CBA National, and Puritan Magazine, among others. Rosel is a frequent speaker on gender equality issues. She serves on the Board of the Korean Legal Clinic, which aims to improve access to justice for Korean Canadians by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate legal services, education, and resources with partner organizations. 


The Neuroscience of Resilience: How Brain Development Affects Learning, Health, and Social Outcomes Across the Lifespan

Date & Time: September 21, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME (ET) 

Presented by: Dr. Nicole Sherren, Principal Consultant & Owner, R2P Solutions

To Register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZS_k5gHvS-ikfnmy9Hl2uQ

Converging lines of evidence from neuroscience, molecular biology, genetics, and the social sciences tell us that early experiences are literally built into our brains and bodies to affect life course trajectories, for good or for ill. In this webinar, you will learn how brains are built: what kind of experiences promote healthy brain architecture, what kind of experiences derail it, and how these experiences get "under our skins" to affect learning, health, and social outcomes. This knowledge has profound implications for all of the policies, programs, and professionals that support children, adults, and families.

Through attending this session, participants will learn:

  • How brain circuits are formed and mature, and how social interactions are critical to this process
  • How toxic stress derails healthy brain development and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on later learning, social, and health outcomes
  • How this science can be used to build the foundations of resilience in children, adults, and families


Nicole-Sherren-002.jpegDr. Nicole Sherren has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University with research expertise in experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental disorders, and brain plasticity. In 2007, Nicole left academia and joined the Palix Foundation to focus on mobilizing the science of early brain development, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and resilience into public policy and professional practice. For more than a decade, she has worked directly with professionals across the education, health care, justice, and non-profit sectors to help them embed this science in their workplaces. She has gained a deep understanding of the challenges facing each sector, as well as the levers to incent and create change within individuals, organizations, and systems. Nicole left Palix in 2020 to launch her own consulting company, R2P Solutions, in order to provide customized and intensive support to organizations and initiatives seeking to turn “what we know” about brain development into “what we do” in policy and practice.

Understanding and addressing issues of gender identity and sexuality when working with trauma survivors through trauma-informed care approaches

Date & Time: November 30th, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM EASTERN TIME 

Presented by: Dr. Jillian Scheer, Counseling Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Syracuse University

To register: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gFkdIOZMSpOlcwibyLpnpQ

Intimate partner violence (IPV) and its health consequences occur among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals at rates equal to or higher than cisgender, heterosexual individuals. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is one service approach with emerging empirical support for use with IPV survivors, with emerging support among LGBTQ survivors. This presentation will discuss LGBTQ IPV survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their services related to IPV as well as help-seeking barriers in this population. These findings are also reviewed alongside implications for clinical practice, with a focus on enhancing applications of existing evidence-based practices, namely cognitive-behavioral therapies, to best respond to the unique needs of this population.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Determine patterns of help-seeking and associated barriers among trauma-exposed LGBTQ populations.
  • Identify ways to improve the mental and behavioral health of LGBTQ trauma survivors, particularly among those exposed to intimate partner violence.
  • Understand LGBTQ trauma survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their trauma-related services.


Jillian-Scheer.2601148d.fill-400x400-002.jpgDr. Jillian Scheer is a licensed counseling psychologist and an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Syracuse University. Dr. Scheer received a doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and subsequently completed a T32 postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS at Yale School of Public Health as well as a predoctoral clinical internship at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s. Dr. Scheer’s NIH-funded research is interdisciplinary. Their work seeks to inform epidemiological, etiological, and clinical treatment models of sexual and gender minorities’ alcohol use and related morbidities through the specification of psychosocial stressors and trauma.