BEYOND A COGNITIVE THEORY OF CAPACITY: ANOTHER FRONTIER FOR INCLUSION
Michael Bach, PhD, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL); and Managing Director, IRIS – Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society
CACL is a national advocacy organization to advance the human rights and inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. IRIS is an allied research institute. For the past twenty-five years he has undertaken research and development in Canada and internationally on ways to advance the full inclusion and human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities. His publications cover disability theory, policy and practice in a range of areas including legal capacity, education, employment, and funding and delivery of community-based services. He holds a Ph. D. in Sociology and Equity Studies from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. His dissertation focuses on developing a more inclusive theory of personhood on which to challenge the usual equation between intellectual disability and legal incapacity. Michael is a recipient of an Open Society Foundations Fellowship for 2014-15, to continue his international comparative research on the right to legal capacity for people with significant intellectual and cognitive disabilities.