The Centre for Global Disability Studies (CGDS) is a new research centre established in 2020 and housed at University of Toronto Scarborough. CGDS serves a catalyst to bring together faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and others conducting anti-ableist, intersectional, and interdisciplinary social science and humanities disability studies research from across all three University of Toronto (UofT) campuses and broader community. CGDS supports transdisciplinary research in disability studies and promotes a transnational, anticolonial approach to advancing the field of disability studies, with a strong commitment to interdependence, accessibility, and disability justice. Seeking to improve the campus climate for researchers and audiences with disabilities across UofT, CGDS aspires to foster critical conversations that advance other ways of thinking about disability.

Learn more about courses in Disability Studies at UofT: https://globaldisabilitystudies.ca/courses-in-disability-studies-at-uoft/

Our Mission

Supporting justice-oriented anti-ableist research

Through grants, community-building, and academic networks across traditional academic disciplines

Promoting global, transnational, anticolonial disability studies

Embracing many ways of knowing

Advancing disability access

For all UofT academic events, for everyone on campus, for researchers with disabilities, and for communities our research serves

Our Values


Who is part of the conversation matters.

Inter- and Trans-disciplinary

Arts, critical scholarship, and advocacy working together to address ableism, build communities of access and nurture disability culture and community.


critical scholarship that confronts ableism and lifts up activist voices.

Transnational and Anti-colonial

Identifying intersecting systems of oppression entwined with ableism across diverse global locations.


de-centring the dominance of eurocentric perspectives in disability studies.

Plain Language*

The Centre for Global Disability Studies (CGDS) is a group of people who read and think together. Our group started at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Our group is for people who teach, study, or work at any of the University of Toronto (UofT) campuses. Our group wants to read and think about disability studies and visit people around the world to learn about what life is like for people with disabilities in different places. We want to make disability studies better by talking with people in different countries, talking with people who live in places where a different group has political power. We want to depend on each other and not trying to be the strongest or the best all by ourselves. We want everything we do to be accessible so that everyone can take part and be a leader. We want everything we do to be based on the concept of disability justice.

Our group does three kinds of things. First, we help people read and think together, even if they work in different parts of the university. And we can give money to people at UofT to do exciting projects. Second, we hold events or help other people at UofT hold events that are about disability studies and disability justice. Third, we will speak up for disability access.

*Simple English or Plain Language is an access practice. By rephrasing specialized language and long sentences, Plain Language presents information in an easier-to-read way. Learn more about Plain Language here.