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Disability at Vic: A Brief History
Can Do at Vic, the representative group for students with disabilities, has been active since 1994. It’s amazing how different the university would have been 23 years ago, and how many extra challenges disabled students would have faced. Those in the “glory days” of our parents’ generation would have benefited hugely from having no student loans, but the barriers for any disabled person wishing to study were immense considering Disability Services didn’t exist back then.
Thus Can Do was formed: a political group made up of disabled advocates who fought to ensure the needs of disabled students were met. Their actions directly affected the formation of Disability Services, and many of their members are now prominent in disability activism.
Disability Services engages with around 1,500 students a year. They bridge the path between students and lecturers, technology, and access. They also help students get the accommodations they need to reach their study goals.
There was less urgency to advocate for these services, and Can Do went through a period of inactivity, and was then reformed with different goals.We still promote the voices of disabled students on campus, and fight to create an inclusive university free from stigma. But our greater focus now is to encourage and nourish connection within the vibrant and evolving disabled community.Diversity is our greatest strength, and our events are open to anyone with an interest in inclusion and accessibility.
Look out for us on campus, like our page on Facebook, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the latest Disability Services newsletter for our upcoming events. We love to hear from different people, so we can tailor our events for both our active members and those who may want to peek in occasionally.
— Your disabled and badass Can Do executive.