Posts Tagged ‘Accessibility’

Explored: Equity and accessibility co-ordinators

The Dalhousie Student Union’s (DSU) new equity and accessibility department is excited to start tackling some of the bigger issues on campus, including racism, sexism, homophobia and more. Elise Boudreau Graham, the campaigns and partnerships coordinator, was tabling outside the Grawood leading up to Halloween with information on their costume campaign. The mission? Discouraging cultural…

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Travel cuts

So the Canadian economy has nothing (OK, very little) to offer recent graduates, eh? No problem. Strap on your backpacks, kids. Let’s head overseas. On March 9, The Globe and Mail reported a 14.7 per cent jobless rate among young Canadians, typically 16- to 24 year-olds. Moreover, they claim that since older workers are staying…

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The “R” word

I was sitting in the SUB last week, munching on a slice of pizza bigger than my face, when I overheard the conversation of some students a few feet away from me. “How was the party on Friday?”  “Dude, it was retarded!” First of all, I would like to know what that is even supposed…

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All-access pass

Whether you blame Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker for creating Napster, the recording industry for jacking up their prices, journalists and media representitives who leak albums, or the blogs that publicize them, our society is deeply and irrevocably invested in the concept of free music. With anti-piracy bills SOPA and PIPA postponed indefinitely, it seems…

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The not-so-level playing field

As she checks off the “disabled” box on yet another job application, Stephanie Berry wonders what her honesty will cost her. After four months of handing out what seems to be an endless stream of resumés and cover letters, Berry, 25, has yet to receive a call for an interview. And with her Employment Insurance…

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Welcome back, Neera Datta!

Neera Datta stock photo

Specialist’s contract renewed after controversy last year     Dalhousie made the decision this July to renew Learning Disabilities Specialist Neera Datta’s contract at Dal, but not without major changes in scope. Datta’s contract had been discontinued this past March by the same budget cuts that have led to increased tuition rates. “At first, there…

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Invisible illnesses are still disabling

I gave up my seat for the elderly woman who hobbled onto the bus. After her arrival, I was probably still the second-most physically disabled person on the bus, but from looking at me, no one would ever think to offer me their seat. My illness is invisible. University students are often told that we’re…

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Graduate programmes continue to shut out students with disabilities

Lynne is a feminist, blogger and postgraduate student looking for a scholarship. But she worries that because she’s a non-traditional student with a disability, she’s going to be shut out of funding opportunities. “One of the criteria for many scholarships in Canada is “student leadership,” she says. “This has varying definitions, usually to do with…

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Dal drops Learning Disabilities Support specialist

The effects of next year’s provincial funding cuts to universities have become real with the loss of Learning Disabilities Support specialist Neera Datta. Datta’s contract is expiring this year and will not be renewed. Leeanne Smith, a third-year Dal student who has used Counselling Services since last summer, is outraged with the decision. “This is…

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Sex: not just for the able-bodied

By Katie Toth, Sex Columnist Picture someone with disabilities in the bedroom. Many of us usually think they’re either sleeping or asking for help getting dressed. We should all forget every stereotype we’ve been taught and instead remember Claire Sainsbury’s simple words on Scarleteen: “Disabled people have sex, too!” People with disabilities are often overlooked in…

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