Dr. Cynthia Bruce


School of Education
Box 57
Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia
B4P 2R6

Office: Seminary 202A
Phone: (902) 585-1133
Fax: (902) 585-1071

Email: cynthia.bruce@acadiau.ca

Office Hours:
By appointment on Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm


B.Mus. (McGill University)
MMT (Southern Methodist University)
PhD (Acadia University)
MTA - Music Therapist Accredited (Canadian Association of Music Therapists)   

Research Interests:

Disability Studies in Education
Post-Secondary Disability Access
Disability and Self-Advocacy
Equity and Inclusive Schooling
Ableism in Education

Recent Publications:

Aylward, M. L. & Bruce, C. (2018). Being somebody: Inclusive post-secondary education programs within a disability studies framework. In S. Singer and M. J. Harkins (Eds.), Educators on Diversity, Social Justice, and Schooling: A Reader. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Bruce, C. (2016). Divergent encounters with normal: Are they really so different after all?. Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, 5(1), 133-157.

Aylward, M. L. & Bruce, C. (2014). Inclusive post-secondary education in Canada: Transition to somewhere for students with intellectual disabilities. Journal of the International Association of Special Education Special Issue: Inclusion Around the World.

Additional Information:

In the fall of 2010, I worked with Dr. Lynn Aylward on the research that eventually led to the establishment of the Axcess Acadia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Option,

I currently serve as a faculty advisor with Axcess Acadia. This Inclusive Post-Secondary Option is grounded in an approach that was developed here at Acadia; and in collaboration with colleagues, this provincial framework has expanded to MountAbility at MSVU.

In February, 2018, I was appointed to the accessibility advisory board by the Nova Scotia Minister of Justice. Check out our work with the Accessibility Directorate to make recommendations about the implementation strategy and standards for the new Nova Scotia Accessibility Act.

If you are curious about Music Therapy as a profession or interested in the benefits it offers as a discipline where certified music therapists (MTAs) use music purposefully within therapeutic relationships to support development, health, and well-being, check out The Canadian Association of Music Therapists for helpful information about the field.