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E. Anne Hughson, PhD

Position: Director / Associate Professor

Room: 3rd Floor TRW

Phone: (403) 220-6273

Email: hughson@ucalgary.ca

Research Interests

Areas of interest include addressing issues of violence for people with disabilities, parenting with a developmental disability, family advocacy and leadership development, inclusive education policy and practice, ethics of inclusion and caring, social program research and evaluation, mental health supports for individuals with disabilities, continuing professional education in community and disability field, community capacity building, individual and collective advocacy, innovation in human service systems.


Dr. E. Anne Hughson is an Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, University of Calgary, a Registered Psychologist and a member in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). Prior to joining the University of Calgary in 1985, Anne had an extensive background in working directly with families and individuals with development disabilities, in particular in addressing issues of violence and abuse, sexual assault, emotional and behavioral concerns related to disability. She has continued that work through her research, teaching and volunteer roles. She is a recipient of the Faculty of Education Excellence in Teaching Award and the author and co-author of a number of texts, chapters and articles on a wide range of disability-related subjects. She has lectured and taught in many countries including, Mexico, United Kingdom, Spain, Malta, Russia, USA, Australia, S. Africa, Ireland and New Zealand. As a researcher in disability studies and a teacher in program evaluation and consultation, community development, reflective practice, advocacy and leadership her work is grounded in the lived experiences of people with disabilities and their families. She is the co-editor of the International Journal of Disability, Community and Rehabilitation.

Anne was instrumental in developing the Inclusive Education Summer Institute in cooperation with the Alberta Association of Community Living. She has taught courses in inclusive education for more than 18 years, has been a consultant to school and school districts and the judicial system on inclusive education and an advocate for families and quality education for all. Anne also played a key role in developing inclusive post-secondary education in Alberta and in particular at the University of Calgary. She currently serves as co-chair of the Alberta Association of Community Living Provincial Network for Inclusive Post Secondary Education.

Dr. Hughson has a long history of voluntary work with the Alberta Association for Community Living. As the co-developer and facilitator of the Association's internationally recognized family leadership series, other community inclusion projects include child welfare and children with disabilities, inclusive education and individualized funding, and support immigrant and refugee families with children with disabilities. She is also interested in research on social innovations, social movements and grassroots engagement that promotes full inclusion and addresses social injustice.

Selected Publications

  • Hughson, E. Anne and Uditsky, Bruce. (2008). Inclusive post-secondary education for adults with developmental disabilities: A promising path to an inclusive life. Alberta Association for Community Living.
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  • Hughson, E. Anne and Uditsky, Bruce. (2007). Inclusive post-secondary (tertiary) education for adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities: A promising path to an inclusive life. Down Syndrome Issues and Information (DSii). click here for summary and order information
  • Hear My Voice: Stories Told by Albertans with Developmental Disabilities Who Were Once Institutionalized. (March, 2006). Alberta Association for Community Living. ISBN: 1-895736-12-9. Click here for summary and order information
  • Evaluation Research in Social Programmes - The Centrality of Families
  • Uditsky, Bruce, Hughson E. Anne (2008) Teaching Students with Mild/Moderate and Severe Cognitive Disabilities in Inclusive Schools, Grades 1-12. Commissioned by Alberta Education.
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Current Work

A co-applicant in the Community-University Research Alliances (CURA). Living Archives on Eugenics in Western Canada. The University of Alberta is a chief university partner. By integrating traditional archive work with community organizations that emphasize the value of inclusiveness. Living Archives will achieve two important goals over the next five years: Identify and develop resources on the history of eugenics in Western Canada that will be of lasting value both to scholars and to the general public; Engage scholars, community organizations and members of the public in discussions about aspects of the past that can inform current practices and policies.

CV / Resume

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