Josée Boulanger is a PhD candidate in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Ottawa whose interests lie in using participatory visual methods to work with people who have cognitive and communication disabilities. She is currently researching the history of intellectual disability advocacy in Ontario and exploring a good life from the perspectives of people labelled with an intellectual disability. Josée is interested in creative and critical research that leads to new insights into the human experience and to the promotion of social justice and equality. Her research has been supported by a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Josée’s innovative approach to participatory research uses film to help participants share their perspectives on a good life. Links to two stories (from Maggie and Rick) appear below.