You are cordially invited to attend a theatre workshop and panel discussion of the play


exploring issues of equity and access to assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities

DATE: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

TIME: 5-7pm
LOCATION: Jeanne-Timmins Auditorium

(Montreal Neurological Institute)

Calcedonies is a play that examines experiences related to accessing assistive technologies for individuals with disabilities, and draws attention to important societal questions of equity in the availability and provision of these services. It will be of interest to users of assistive technologies, clinicians, students, administrators, and members of the public.

The School of Physical and Occupational Therapy (SPOT) and McGill’s Biomedical Ethics Unit will co-host, with support from the McGill Law Students’ Association, a workshop of the play CALCEDONIES followed by a panel discussion.

This live performance will be followed by a panel discussion about issues experienced by the central character, and associated ethics, policy and rehabilitation implications.  Panelists will include

  • Jeff Nisker MD (playwright),
  • Sheila Boyd (actor),
  • Lucy Wade MSc (Ethics Consultant, Jewish General Hospital),
  • Philippe Archambault erg, PhD (Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy).

The panel will be moderated by Matthew Hunt, PT, PhD (Assistant Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy)
Sheila Boyd, is the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists’ (ACTRA) Toronto Performers’ Diversity Advocate and Chair of ACTRA’s Access Abilities Task Force.
Jeff Nisker has won awards for using theatre as an innovative public engagement and research tool in health policy development; this is his 7th play! He holds CIHR and Genome Canada grants to investigate the understandings of patient, clinicians, and the general public in regard to health policy issues

Entry is free, but reservations are required.

To register or for more information please contact


February 5, 2013