The Childhood Disability LINK website aims to Link Information and New Knowledge to families and service providers to enhance the well-being and quality of life of children with disabilities and their families. Driven by a team of researchers from McGill University’s School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the Childhood Disability LINK website is focused on: providing evidence-based information, and connecting families to interesting resources and support networks. On LINK you can find up-to-date, reliable information about different types of childhood disabilities, rehabilitation and medical interventions, policies supporting participation of children with disabilities and resources to support parents and families. You can also suggest LINKs and new resources to help others connect and learn!
The Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability at McGill University is co-sponsoring this side event with Kids Brain Health Network and the Government of Canada with the goal of fostering discussion among participants about actionable items in research and practice for children and youth with disabilities.
Icoquih Badillo-Amberg is a research assistant in the division of Neurology at the McGill University Health Center. She received her Bachelors in Psychology and Biology at McGill University and is currently completing her masters in Public Health at the same institution. Icoquih is very passionate about maternal and child health issues. Her research focuses on the promotion of health service access among women and children. She is very excited to be a part of this team!
Dr. Majnemer is an occupational therapist with graduate training from the Department of Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University (MSc, PhD). She is currently a Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy, and is an Associate Member of the Departments of Pediatrics and Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University.
Her research interests focus on child, family and environmental factors that influence activity limitations and participation restrictions in children and youth with disabilities. She is also studying knowledge translation strategies that promote best practice for children with developmental challenges.
Dr. Shikako-Thomas is a Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disabilities: Participation and Knowledge Translation. An occupational therapist by training, she did her PhD in Rehabilitation Science at McGill University and a Postdoctoral training in Knowledge Translation in policymaking for children with disabilities from McMaster University and Knowledge Translation in policymaking in Environmental Design and Accessibility from Université de Montréal.
Her research interests focus on the promotion of healthy living and participation for children with disabilities. To promote participation, she is interested in engaging stakeholders in research and translating knowledge to policymakers, clinicians, communities and families.
Nina Lantinga is a Research Assistant in the Division of Neurology at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill University Health Center. She has a BA with specialization in Psychology from University of Ottawa and a Graduate Diploma in Management from McGill University. Her research interests are rehabilitation science and neuroplasticity following a traumatic brain injury.