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!
What is the state of affairs in Canada? Canada has ratified two United Nations treaties with specific provisions for children with disabilities: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). However, implementation and monitoring of both are limited.
Luca Martial is a research assistant in the division of Neurology at the McGill University Health Center. He received his Bachelor’s in Exercise Science at Concordia University and is currently completing his Master’s degree in Public Health at McGill University. His research interests revolve around data science and its applications in policy development, population health and urban systems.
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.