Stella Palikarova is currently completing her Masters of Information at the University of Toronto, with a background in Film and Psychology from York University (2007), having graduated summa cum laude. Her academic interests have always related to the intersecting experiences of disability, from her undergraduate thesis on the dating experiences of adolescent girls with congenital, physical disabilities, to her current thesis work on the ethical implications of cybernetic implants for people with disabilities. For the latter, Stella received a Masters SSHRC.
Stella is a frequent, international, guest speaker on subjects pertaining to disability, and is the co-director of Deliciously Disabled Consulting, a movement that seeks to create and promote frank discussion about the lived experience of disability by making accessibility more accessible to pop culture. Most recently, she presented her candid paper, “The Hours Before ‘Goodbye’” on the loss of a romantic relationship at the International Conference on Disability and Diversity, London, United Kingdom, and this coming June she will be a discussant and presenter at Congress, Ottawa for the “Pleasures, Sexualities, and Disabilities: Desiring Identities” conference.
Stella continues to pursue filmmaking and creative writing. She is also on the board of the Rose Centre for Love Sex and Disability.
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