Education 2019-20 TD Graduate Scholar John Shepherd – Master’s student, University of Toronto John's overarching career goal is to make a contribution to the research and clinical management of spinal cord injury. Donate Now Support stories like this Donate Now John Shepherd has been supported by the TD Scholarship program since August 2017 and will be completing his master’s soon. John is motivated by a desire to better understand the impact of SCI and similar disabilities at the level of the health system and health policy; he is also an advocate for issues of concern to people living with disabilities. His overarching career goal is to make a contribution to the research and clinical management of spinal cord injury. He hopes to do this as a scientist within a clinical organization, as a program officer with a research funder, or in a policy role in government or a research organization. John has been living with a spinal cord injury for 15 years and appreciates the impact of a well-informed and responsive health care system. He is active as a community volunteer, and has served on the boards of Toronto Rehab and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario. Graduate students with disabilities often encounter financial barriers due in part to the high cost of adaptive aids, technologies and resources needed to enable their studies. The TD Graduate Scholarships for People with Disabilities at Toronto Rehab help cover these costs while engaging people with disabilities in a meaningful way in rehabilitation research. TD Graduate Scholars have gone on to work in healthcare, academia and the private sector as consultants, clinicians and research associates.