2013 - Present
PhD Candidate, Neurodiversity in Relation: An Artistic Intraethnography with my autistic son. Critical Disability Studies, York University.
M.A. Critical Disability Studies, York University.
B.A. Fine Art History, University of Toronto
SELECT WORK EXPERIENCE
2005 - 2016
Founder/Director, The Autism Acceptance Project
2016 - Present
Founder/Co-Director, The A Collective
2016 - Present
Researcher, SenseLab, Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.
SINGLE-AUTHORED BOOK CHAPTERS
Klar-Wolfond, E. The Mismeasure of Autism: The Basis for Current Autism ‘Advocacy.’ Wendy Lawson (Ed.). Concepts of Normality: The Autistic and Typical Spectrum. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Klar, E. A Single Mother's View of Autism and Divorce Rates. In Shannon des Roches Rosa & Jennifer Myers, et al. (Eds.). The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism. Redwood City: Myers-Ross Foundation.
Klar-Wolfond, E. The Perfect Child. In Cori Howard (Ed.). Between Interruptions: Thirty Writers Tell the Truth About Motherhood. Toronto: Key Porter Books.
CO-AUTHORED BOOK CHAPTERS
Klar, Estée and Patty Douglas (2018). Beyond Disordered Brains and Mother Blame: Critical Issues in Autism and Mothering. Routledge Motherhood Companion. Lynn O’Brien Hallstein, Andrea O’Reilly, and Melinda Vandenbeld Giles, Eds. (Accepted and publication pending for 2019).
SELECT SINGLE-AUTHORED ARTICLES
Klar, Estée and Adam Wolfond. Relationshapes: An artistic project that intra-acts collaboration with autistic experience. Diversity in Diversity. Inflexions. Concordia University: http://www.senselab.ca/inflexions/diversityindiversity/index.html
Klar, E. Book Review: Framing the Moron: The social construction of feeble-mindedness in the American eugenic era. Critical Disability Discourses. Vol. 7. pp. 155-161.
The Co-Production of Autism in the Film Wretches & Jabberers. The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. Vol. 4. No. 1.
Book Review: Reasonable People - A Memoir of Autism and Adoption. www.savarese.com.
The Autism Acceptance Project. Autism Matters. Winter.
I Am The Happy Mother of an Autistic Child. Orato Media.
Klar-Wolfond, E. Autism Acceptance. The National Post: Counterpoint.
Klar-Wolfond,E. Outsider Art and The Value of Human Difference. Arts and Minds.
Klar-Wolfond, E. The Irony of Outsider Art, INspire! Magazine. Vol. 1:3.
Klar, E. The Economy of Pity. Neurodiversity.com.
Klar-Wolfond, E. The Joy of Autism: Redefining Ability and Quality of Life. INspire, Vol. 1:3.
Klar, Estée. Douglas, Patty. McGuire, Annie. Autism Strategy Masks Societal Exclusion of Autistic Ontarians. The Ottawa Citizen. (Co-contributor).
Savarese, Ralph. Klar-Wolfond, Estée. Parent and Sibling Roundtable: Neurodiversity and Caregiving. Disability Studies Quarterly. Vol. 30. No. 1. (Contributor/Participant).
SELECT CONFERENCE PAPERS
Klar, E. Patty Douglas, Meg Gibson, Katherine Runswick-Cole. Panel: Mother’s Re-Storying Autism:Beyond the Care/Oppression Binary. Matricentric Feminism & Inclusive EDducation, The Motherhood Initiative for Research & Community Involvement. Florence, Italy.
Klar, E. Enacting Intra Ethnography for Inclusive Autism Pedagogy. Congress Social Sciences & Humanities. Critical Disability Studies Association.
Klar, E. Relationshapes. Group Exhibition. Outside the Lines: An art exhibition exploring the blurring genres of gender, body, disability and racialization. Eleanor Winters Gallery. For conference: Lives Outside the Lines: Gender and Genre in the Americas: A Symposium in Honour of Marlene Kadar. York University.
Klar, E. Douglas, P. Collaborating With Autistic Experience for Inclusion. Nordic Network of Disability Research. Őbrero, Sweden.
Klar, E. The Co-Production of Autism in the Film Wretches & Jabberers. Society for Disability Studies. Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Klar, E. The A School: putting community back in inclusion. Canadian Society of Disability Studies, Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Klar, E. Keynote. Exploring shared communication and meaning with my non-speaking autistic son. Autism Rocks Symposium, Newmarket Autism Association.
Klar, E. The Co-Production of the Autism in the film Wretches & Jabberers and the Meaning of Autism. Critical Disability Studies Conference, York University.
Klar, E. Bissonnette, Larry. Thresher, Tracy. Wurzburg, Geradine. Screening/Panel Discussion of Autism of the film Wretches & Jabberers. York University and at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Klar, E. Autism: New Attitudes Approaches, and Assumptions. de Veber Institute for Bioethics and Social Research presented by Canadian Institutes of Health and Research.
Klar, E. Supporting Autistic Rights: A Substantive Rights-Based Approach. Autism National Committee Conference, Denver, Colorado.
Klar, E. I Seemed To Understand. Poetry Contribution, Critical Disability Studies Conference, York University.
Klar, E. The Current State of Autism Advocacy. “Beyond Behaviours” Conference, University of San Diego. Autism Institute San Diego.
Klar-Wolfond, E. Autism Theory and Technology, From Fear and Fascination to Respect: A Fair Way of Referencing and Accommodating Autism in Science and Society. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Autism & Technology Series, Boston.
Klar-Wolfond, E. Keynote. The Mismeasure of Autism: The Basis for Current Autism ‘Advocacy.’ AutCOM, Edmonton.
EDITORIAL REVIEW BOARD COMMITTEES
2013 - Present
Reviewer & Editor. Critical Disability Discourse Journal, York University.
2014 - 2015
Editorial Review Committee. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
Editorial Committee. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies.
SELECT RESEARCH CONTRIBUTIONS
Techniques for Neurodiversity. SenseLab, Concordia University. With Adam Wolfond and Erin Manning.Neurodiversity Matters. Collaborator with Dr. Margaret Gibson. SSHRC Insight Grant.
Enacting Autism Inclusion: Restorying Autism. Collaborator with Patty Douglas. SSHRC Insight grant.
Techniques for Neurodiversity. Presenter/collaborator with Erin Manning and Adam Wolfond, SenseLab, Concordia University.
2017 - 2019
SSHRC, Enacting Intra-Ethnography for Inclusive Autism Pedagogy. Awarded: $60,000.
SSHRC, Enacting Critical Disability in Education, Collaborator with Patty Douglas and Anne McGuire. Awarded: $70,000.
OGS (Ontario Graduate Scholarship), $30,000 for 2 years
2007 - 2013
Outstanding Service Award, The Autism National Committee.
The United Nations Letter, The Autism Acceptance Project: One of the Most Important Events in The History of Autism Acceptance, Supported by The Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
DANI (Developing and Nurturing Independence), Outstanding Service Award.
2010 - 2012
Top Blogger award (various Canadian U.S. blog sites & universities).
Top Canadian Blog, esteeklar.com
SELECT TEACHING POSITIONS
From Autism to Neurodiversity. Guest Lecturer for Dr. Nancy Le Monica, Seneca College.
Pilot Project – Critical Disability Studies for Youth, Bright Start Academy.
Guest Teacher, Disability and the Child, Department of Equity Studies, University of Toronto.
Teacher, English and Disability Studies, The A School.
Contributor. Techniques for Neurodiversity. Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University.
Guest Lecturer. Disability and Parenting. George Brown College.
Guest Lecturer. Autism and Mothering. With Fran Odette. George Brown College.
2012 - 2014
Teaching Assistant, Male and Female Relationships, First Year, Department of Equity Studies, York University.
Author, Course Syllabus, Neurodiversity, with Nick Walker, Zür Institute.
SELECT DOCUMENTARY PROJECTS/EXHIBITIONS
S/Pace, Critical Distance, Toronto.
Klar, Estee. Outside the Lines: Blurring the Lines of Gender, Genre and Racialization in the Americas. Eleanor Winters Gallery, York University.
Klar, E. Autism to Inclusion. For Project Revision. https://vimeo.com/195318265
Klar, Estee. Wolfond, Adam. The Aspects of Speaking and How I am Like Moses: an interpretation of Moses and the Story of the Golden Calf. Reel Abilities Film Festival & York University.
Klar, Estee. Accepting Autism. The Autism Acceptance Project. http://www.taaproject.com/
Klar, Estee. Sellik, Lani. Positively Autistic. CBC The National.
Todd Drezner. Loving Lamposts. Participant. Best Feature Documentary, Peace On Earth Film Festival, 2011.
SELECT CURATED EXHIBITIONS
The Joy of Autism: Redefining Ability & Quality of Life. Bloor JCC and Lonsdale Gallery.
Beyond Words: The Drawings of Jonathan Lerman. The Lonsdale Gallery.
Phil Iverson. The Lonsdale Gallery.
Mike Hanson, The Lonsdale Gallery.