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Dr. Jamie MacDougall will be invested into the Order of Canada

MacDougallMay 27, 2011 Dr. Jamie MacDougall, founder and Director of The Ottawa Hospital’s Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development, will be invested into the Order of Canada at a ceremony on Friday, May 27, in Ottawa.

Dr. MacDougall has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life of Deaf and disabled people in Canada, and empowering them to reach their full potential. Under his directorship, the Institute for Rehabilitation Research and Development has become a leading rehabilitation research centre in Canada. Dr. MacDougall also holds appointments as a clinical investigator at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Among his other accomplishments, Dr. MacDougall taught a course on deafness and disabilities for over 35 years at McGill University in Montreal. He was President and CEO of the MacKay Centre (now the MAB-MacKay Rehabilitation Centre) for deaf and disabled children, introducing the “Total Communication” method which combines sign language with other communication modes. He has lectured widely and published extensively on a variety of subjects relating to deafness and disability in Canada. Dr. MacDougall is often consulted in a legal context as an expert in Deaf culture, including American Sign Language (ASL), and has had a significant impact on accommodation and accessibility for Deaf and disabled people from coast to coast. In a notable example, Dr. MacDougall was supported by Justice Canada in his initial documentation of Inuit Sign Language (ISL), after noticing an Inuit man using ISL during a clinical assessment. This early documentation resulted in both ASL and ISL interpretation of proceedings of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly, as well as a brief glossary and video illustrating ISL use in Nunavut.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

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