Aimee Louw



Aimee Louw

A pan-Canadian, conversational approach to journalism, featured on CBC Radio, Canadaland and Ricochet Media.

Freelance journalist covering arts, culture and politics; specializes in accessibility, disability.

A Terry Fox Humanitarian Award winner, Aimee values ethics and uncompromising analysis.



Will the Accessible Canada Act do anything to stop airlines from breaking wheelchairs?

Travelling during the holidays is stressful for most people, but especially so for wheelchair users, Aimee Louw says. The Vancouver writer and producer is a frequent traveller and wheelchair user herself. She wrote an essay for Day 6 about the challenges she and many others face, and how Canada's new accessibility law might address them.
CBC Radio, Day 6 Link to Story

Federal disability law must tackle more than just discrimination in employment

Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This marks a good occasion to discuss Canada’s first ever comprehensive federal disability legislation, the Canadians With Disabilities Act. Disabled people and organizations representing them participated in public consultations in 18 Canadian cities in 2016, letting the government know what would fit best in the federal accessibility legislation.
Ricochet Media Link to Story

What 'The Shape of Water' gets wrong about disability

The Shape of Water leads the Oscar race with 13 nominations, including one for best picture and a best actress nomination for Sally Hawkins. Hawkins has received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Elisa, a non-verbal woman who communicates through sign language. It's been described as a "career-best performance," the "most moving performance" of 2017 and a "marvellous" wordless performance that "holds the movie together."
CBC Radio, Day 6 Link to Story

De-institutionalization and Cripping in Breathe, Directed by Andy Serkis

Guest blogger: Aimee Louw is a freelance journalist, writer, consultant, filmmaker, and radio host living in Canada. Her blog centers on accessibility, crip life, sex, and media. Based on a true story, Breathe covers the adult life of Robin Cavendish, a man who contracted polio in post-World War II England, when requiring a ventilator to breathe meant across the board institutional living and immobility.
The Geeky Gimp Link to Story

Reporters Need To Hold Montreal Metro’s Accessibility Issues To Account

While many Montrealers were celebrating the 50th anniversary of their transit system (STM), I was protesting it. Instead of cheering on the STM on October 14, a group with reduced mobility, elderly people, and our allies fought against the discrimination we faced both in the media and within the system itself.
CANADALAND Link to Story

The Future is Accessible

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The Walrus Link to Story


Date venues. Restaurants. Those tiny steps into tiny venues where we want to go to hear tiny bands playing tiny instruments, like the ukekele. Inaccessibility is not a tiny issue when it comes to dating. Let’s explore how in/accessibility effects our lives, including our sexuality. One facet is physical access to community centres, shops, friends’ houses, concert venues, medical offices, new hospitals.
GUTS Magazine Link to Story

The ultimate 8 step program to act with the entitlement of a 70-year-old British man

You know that moment when you’re getting on the bus and it’s really full? A grumpy old white British man (BM for short) gets upset that you need the wheelchair-designated spot on the bus. You’re using your wheelchair and he is not using a wheelchair, but obviously, you know that the need-for-seat isn’t always visible.
The Tempest Link to Story

Review: Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell

I rarely encountered anyone else with clubfoot, real or fictional, before I read Handbook for Dragon Slayers. Representation of diverse characters can definitely serve a positive purpose, and I found that in Handbook, it did. The novel follows Princess Tilda as she navigates her life as royalty, aspiring dragon slayer, author, and teenage crusher on a prince.
Disability in Kidlit Link to Story


Aimee Louw

Born and raised in the prairies, Aimee Louw spent ten years in Quebec, and two in BC, giving her a pan-Canadian perspective on culture and politics.

Aimee is equally skilled at interviewing and audience engagement. She began producing independent publications and podcasts in the independent media field, co-hosting news and special interest shows covering Indigenous and disability stories (CKUT radio in Montreal from 2011-2015).

Now freelancing for CBC Radio, Canadaland, GUTS Magazine, and Ricochet Media, Aimee takes a conversational and uncompromising approach to interview, writing and production, using personal stories to point to broad-reaching social issues.

Aimee’s column-style and opinion pieces have appeared in the Montreal Gazette, the Media Coop, and The Link Newspaper. She is a contributor of film and book reviews for the, and opinion pieces for the

Her Masters in Media Studies and Hounours Undergraduate in Political Science at Concordia University have led her to specialize in media production and analysis about accessibility in Canada. As the Canadians with Disabilities Act is debated in Parliament this fall, deciding the future of disability in Canada, Aimee hopes to be the go-to journalist for ongoing coverage of this important issue.



  • fair
  • Creativity
  • Writing
  • Audience engagement
  • Trust-building with sources
  • Interviewing
  • Bilingual-English, French
  • Accountable
  • Disability expertise
  • Multimedia Storyteller
  • Blogging