Judith Sandys

Associate Professor
School of Social Work | Ryerson University

RCSIA_Judith-SandysJudith Sandys joined Ryerson in 1990 as a sessional instructor in the School of Social Work. Currently Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, she has, over the years, held a number of positions within the Ryerson community, including Dean of Community Services, Associate Vice President Academic, and Interim Director of the School of Social Work.  Judith’s teaching, research and community involvement focuses on disability issues within a socio-political context. Through teaching and research she seeks to expose and analyze the societal processes which contribute to the disadvantage that so frequently characterizes the lives of disabled people.  Judith is active within the community and in 2006 was appointed by the Ministry of Community and Social Services as chair of the Customer Service Standards Development Committtee for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), the first standards development committee to be established.  Her research interests  include disability and employment, immigrants with disabilities, social role valorization theory, and aging and disability.


Research Projects


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Selected Publications

  • Sandys, J., (forthcoming). Responding to issues that students raise about Social Role Valorization theory The SRV Journal, 10 (1).
  • Sandys, J., (revised and resubmitted). AOP Social Work with disabled people: Challenging ourselves to do better, in, Wehbi, S. & Parada, H. (Eds.). Reimaging anti-oppression social work: Reflecting on practice.  
  • Sandys, J. (2007). Chapter 32: Work and Employment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In Brown, I., & Percy, M. (Eds.). A Comprehensive Guide to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Paul H. Brookes Publishing Inc.,527-543.
  • Sandys, J. (2003). Work and employment for people with developmental disabilities in Ontario.   In Brown, I. & Percy, M. (Eds.). Develomental Disabilities in Ontario. Second Edition. Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities, 613-638.
  • Neufeldt, A., Sandys, J., Fuchs, D. & Logan, M. (2000) Supported and self-directed support        initiatives in Canada: An overview of issues. International Journal of Practical   Approaches to Disability. 23 (3), 24-36.