Educator and innovator.
Stella Palikarova is an interdisciplinary artist, international guest speaker, and social justice activist working to bring the lived experience of disability into pop culture. She is a first generation Canadian, refugee from communist Bulgaria, has a physical, congenital disability and uses a power wheelchair.
Stella has over 17 years of experience in event planning, public-speaking, advocacy and running seminars and workshops on disability-related themes including: sexuality, education, employment, personal support worker management, cross-platform physical and social accessibility, and women with disabilities.
Stella has a Masters of Information at the University of Toronto, and an Honours BFA in Film and Psychology from York University (summa cum laude), Stella explores the intersecting experiences of disability, from those of adolescent girls with physical disabilities, to her research on the ethics of the brain-machine interface for people with disabilities, for which she was awarded a SSHRC. Stella’s current focus is on sex-positivity for women with disabilities and beauty/esteem issues as felt and performed by all people with disabilities.