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Can Do at Vic is the representative group for students with disabilities at Victoria University. While Disability Services provides academic and structural support, Can Do hold social events and awareness campaigns to create connections between students. We promote inclusion and accessibility throughout the university and are open to disabled and non-disabled students alike.
Around one in five New Zealanders have a disability. Not all are visible, not all are commonly known about, and not all are considered ‘impairments’, especially by the disabled individual. Many disabilities are caused by how society is organised with structural disadvantages put in place, for example not having lifts in a building or not providing digital course materials. Disabled does not mean unable; although there are some things people with disabilities can’t do (just as there are things able bodied people can’t do). There are many ways to make society accessible for people with different needs.
Sometimes disabled people can have assumptions made about them and what they can’t do. However in the world of increasing technological advances it is easier than ever to accommodate everyone, and Can Do, along with Disability Services, wants to work towards creating a more inclusive university.
In the first few weeks of the first trimester we’ll be holding a social event (maybe a pizza lunch) and our IGM where we’ll be updating our Executive Committee for 2017. We’ll also have a stall in Clubs Week so feel free to come and chat; we’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have!
We encourage people of different backgrounds, different abilities, and of different study paths to get involved with Can Do. Even people with the same disability can have vastly different experiences and there is much we can learn from one another.