In The Sunroom: My Home, My Rights

On display from April 30 to May 31, 2023 in The Sunroom at Central Library, opens a new window, My Home, My Rights multimedia exhibit. 

My Home, My Rights is an action research collective bringing together community and academic partners to imagine and advocate for disability justice. They are dedicated to promoting the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities and other disabilities to live in the community as equals.  

On display are photo portraits, expressive of participants’ sense of disability justice and injustice at home and in the community, and their respective reflections. As well, the exhibit features three short videos made by the collective.   

These include: “The Right to Decide” (on the right to choose where, with whom and how you live), “House Rules” (on distinguishing respectful disability support from institutional control), and “Social Assistance” (on the many ways persons with disabilities are denied their right to community inclusion). Each video brings out the unique personalities and humour of My Home, My Rights members, while driving home fundamental human rights principles. 

About the Collective 

Community action researchers 

  • Conar Clory 
  • Isai Estey 
  • Chantel Meister 
  • Melly Thompson 
  • Simon Snyder  
  • Jenn Walters 

Academic and arts-based facilitators 

  • Sarah Cooper 
  • Sarah Frame 
  • Paula Hutchinson 
  • Justin McGarragh 
  • Patricia Neves 
  • Sheila Wildeman 


  • David Simmonds 


  • Bruce Bottomley 

The exhibit has been made possible by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partnership Engage Grant and further generous support from Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law, Inclusion Nova Scotia and the University of Calgary - Department of Art and Art History.   

My Home, My Rights is also grateful for the solidarity and support of the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia, Respecting Rights at ARCH Disability Law, People First Nova Scotia, Club Inclusion, Prescott Group, Nova Scotia Support4Culture, and the Stage Design and Technical Theatre Program at Dalhousie's Fountain School of Performing Arts. Special thanks to Stephen Osler and Torin Buzek for advice on materials and design.

And, please join us for a reception to mark the opening of the exhibit on Tuesday, May 2 from 1:00-3:00pm in Central Library's RBC Learning Centre. , opens a new window

The Sunroom is made possible by the generosity of Margot and Layne Spafford.