About Aimee

Aimee Louw is a freelance journalist, writer, consultant, filmmaker, and radio host.

Her media practice spans topics of accessibility, disability justice, sexuality, and feminism. A contributor to CBC Radio’s Spark, Canadaland, GUTS Magazine, Canadian Women’s Foundation, Global Disability Watch, Aimee’s written work has also appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Media Coop, and The Link Newspaper. She is regularly invited as a commentator in English and French news media.

Aimee directs the series, Underwater City Project, which documents through writing and video, personal experiences of ableism and accessibility in five Canadian cities. As part of this series, her short film, My Shoreline, has received Award of Commendation at the 2016 Canada Shorts Film Festival and has been screened internationally, from the Leeds Queer Film Festival, 2017 to the Martinique Film Festival. 2016 and the Silver Wave Film Festival, 2016.

As a public speaker, she recently delivered a Walrus Talk at the inaugural event for the Canada 150 tour: “We Desire a Better Country” entitled The Future is Accessible. Speaking and participating in arts and social research collaborations has taken her to Universities, Colleges and theatres throughout Canada, and as far as Bogota, Colombia, where she shared her perspective at the first annual Performing Embodied Oralities In The Americas Workshop.

In recent years, Aimee has been a part of the growing accessibility advocacy community in Montreal and Canada, focusing on accessible transit and cultural spaces, and participating in consultations with the Federal Government on forthcoming accessibility legislation.

She is a member of the Hemispheric Institute’s Performing Embodied Oralities In The Americas Working Group, the Speculative Life Cluster and the Community + Differential Mobilities Cluster at Concordia University. Aimee’s time as co-coordinator of the Critical Disability Studies Working Group at Concordia University from 2014-2016 informs her community-driven research. Her current research-creation explores the connections and intersections of anti-colonialism and accessibility in Canada through video storytelling.

Aimee held a 2016-2017 SSHRC Canada Graduate Master’s Program scholarship and Ethnic Studies and Social Diversity Fellowship Award. She was a Terry Fox Humanitarian Award scholar from 2007-2012. She is an active member of the Quebec Writer’s Federation and the Creative Nonfiction Collective.

She can be reached through the contact page or by email: aimee@underwatercity.ca

 

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