Posts Tagged ‘Accessibility’

Making student healthcare more accessible

In this image: Medication.

The Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) Health and Dental Plan Office recently took steps to improve accessibility at Dalhousie University.  The office installed a mini fridge: a measure taken to better accommodate students whose prescription medications, like insulin, require refrigeration.   Until this change, those who require refrigerated medication had it delivered in a styrofoam cold pack, which is designed to…

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Usual alt o-week host partners with DSU

This year marked the first year where the Dalhousie Student Union partnered with Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group (NSPIRG) to bring an alternative orientation week to students.  The student union and NSPIRG teamed up after the DSU mentioned wanting to do similar events to the ones NSPIRG already offered. This way, they could make…

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Accessibility on campus

Accessibility around both Dalhousie University and University of King’s College campuses are far from perfect. But that doesn’t mean the schools aren’t trying.  As two of the oldest schools in Canada, Dalhousie and King’s were built in a different time. They’re filled with an abundance of stairs, narrow hallways and uneven pathways. Most students can overlook…

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DSU disability rep resigns

Mary MacDonald is no longer the disability representative on Dal Student Union (DSU) council. In the council meeting last night one of the first motions to be debated was the motion to discipline MacDonald put forward by councillor Alex Hughes. The motion claims that MacDonald broke the rules of the contract that all DSU councillors…

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Sexability: When one door closes…oh bloody hell!

I know this column is supposed to focus on disability and sexuality. Due to recent events, I feel it necessary to use this platform to discuss something equally important: accessibility on our campuses. As a student at Dalhousie, the university receives a lot of money from my family so that I can take courses here.…

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President: Amina Abawajy

Name: Amina A. Abawajy Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia Major: Computer Science and International Development Studies What experience do you have that makes you uniquely best suited for this position? As the current Vice President Academic and External, I have experience on the DSU executive as well as intimate knowledge of DSU Council, university administration, and…

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BOG representative: Jeremy Ryant

Name: Jeremy Ryant Hometown: Winnipeg, MB Major, year: Juris Doctor, first year   Why do you want to be on the Board of Governors? I want to be on the Board of Governors because I want to bridge the gap between Dal’s student body and its senior administration. It is easy for university administrators to…

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Disability representative: Mary MacDonald

Name: Mary MacDonald Hometown: Halifax, NS Major, year: BA (Hons) International development studies -Dalhousie, MBA – Dalhousie, MA (Ed) in progress Mary MacDonald also recorded her answers to the Gazette’s questions to make them accessible.   What are the issues within the disability community? I use a wheelchair and thus the issues with which I am…

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Vicky Levack is on a roll

By her own admission, Vicky Levack’s main purpose in life started out as a selfish desire. “I wanted things done for me,” she says. “And then I realized there’s lots of other people who need the same stuff. So not only does it help me; it helps everybody else who needs it.” The “it” that…

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