May 11, 2022
Disability, Difference and Deinstitutionalization in Ontario
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Our grad series continues this episode with an exploration of the history of disability in Ontario. We speak with recent MA History graduate Carolyn Fast (BA '14, MA '21), whose MA thesis focussed on the stories of people who experienced institutionalization and explores the continuing impact of this lesser-known aspect of Ontario history.

Between 1876 and 2009, more than 50,000 people with intellectual disabilities were housed in institutions across Ontario.  Carolyn shares how her research on the institutionalization experience can help us think about COVID, long term care, the housing crisis, and inclusive education.


The Un-Making of Difference: The Winding Road of Deinstitutionalization in Ontario, 1960-2018  Carolyn Fast (MA thesis, 2021)

Humanities Spirit of Brock winners have sights set on helping others (Brock News, June 25, 2021)

Master of Arts in History

Department of History 

People First 

Partners for Planning

Community Living Ontario


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