Terry Marttinen

A woman with short blond hair wearing sunglasses and a black jacket standing in front of a river. There is a view of a bridge in the distance.

“Disabled women should not be underestimated”.

 From a culturally diverse family, I joined the disability protest in support of Indigenous and ethnic minority women who experience high rates of illness related to systemic discrimination, violence, economic and social marginalization. Political discourse surrounding disability has taken on new political significance and raises concerns over policies that isolate and violate the rights of women with visible and invisible disabilities in countries around the world. As a women’s disability rights advocate and student with an unseen disability, it is important for me to draw attention to policies that infringe on health and related rights. I am concerned about both international health and education policies restricting the global participation of women impacted by colonialism in economic, community,  and civic life.
I belong to the group Chronically Academic whose mandate is to improve access to higher education for people with disabilities and chronic conditions.
I live at in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario at the U.S/Canada border crossing. I am hoping to return to Oxford Brookes University for PhD studies to research structural discrimination and health inequality affecting ethnic minority immigrants and their descendants. In the 20th century, this involved eugenic sterilization of youth, women, and men diagnosed as mentally ill in Indigenous and racialized immigrant communities. See http://www.terryleemarttinen.com



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