The Politics of Passing: Disabled Students’ Experiences of Passing in Higher Education

Author: Fady Shanouda

Fady Shanouda is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, in the Social and Behavioural Health Sciences division. He earned a Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies from York University in 2011. His award-winning Ph.D. research explores the consequences and benefits of disclosure in higher education for disabled students. Fady has worked on multiple national and local disability projects, including projects focused on capturing the experiences and life narratives of Canadian polio survivors; exploring the complexities of aging with a disability; and, building leadership and engagement among youth in Toronto’s disability community. Fady is also a Course Instructor at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto teaching Disability Studies and Mad Studies, respectively.