Associate Professor Ann Fudge Schormans
Dr. Ann Fudge Schormans is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University (Ontario, Canada).
She was a practicing social worker for many years, working with people with intellectual disabilities in the Community Living and Child Welfare sectors. This practice background, combined with ongoing activist work and her experiences parenting her daughters with intellectual disabilities, influence her teaching and research. She uses inclusive, co-researcher methodologies in her research work, along with arts-informed methods (such as forum theatre, documentary film-making, photography, and mapping). Much of this research has focused on issues that co-researchers with intellectual disabilities who have worked with her have identified as needing attention. For example, the parenting experiences and aspirations of people with intellectual disabilities, being homeless with an intellectual disability , inclusion in city life, friendships, and how people with intellectual disabilities are represented in cultural media.
She has just begun a project with co-researchers who are survivors of large-scale institutions that will develop curriculum materials to teach students about institutionalization.
You can find out more about Ann’s projects here.