Dr. Jen Rinaldi earned a Doctoral degree in Critical Disability Studies at York University, where she studied how disability diagnostic technologies affect reproductive decision-making. She completed her master’s degree in Philosophy at the University of Guelph, where her thesis research focused on constitutional protections of same-sex marriage. She graduated with great distinction at the University of Windsor, earning a Combined Honours degree in Philosophy and Classical Civilizations. Funded by the Women’s College Hospital, her current work engages with narrative and arts-based methodologies to deconstruct eating disorder recovery, and to re-imagine recovery in relation to queer community. Rinaldi also works in collaboration with Recounting Huronia, an arts-based collective that explores and stories traumatic histories of institutionalization.
Safeguarding Against Abuse
June 21, 2016
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously overturned the prohibition on assisted suicide in a decision known as Carter v. Canada. In the wake of this decision, and as we witness the development of the medical assistance in dying legislation (Bill C-14), I see deep divisions and hear grave concerns in the disability communities where I live and work, and where my heart sits. To paraphrase disability rights advocate and my friend Allen Mankewich, when you talk about many of the medical conditions you’d rather die than face, you are talking about me.