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July 17, 2017

Most of us don’t tend to analyse every single sentence that goes through our heads; we just go ahead and speak. But this isn’t always the best thing. While some words have clear meanings, such as “beautiful,” which expresses something explicitly positive, some words have historically been used to demean minorities and their use has […]

May 29, 2017

Disability, Class, Race, Sexuality, and Gender The links between disability, class, race, sexuality, and gender are multifaceted and complex; a huge Venn diagram of complicated and sometimes conflicting issues that are unable to be separated by clear lines. The research, diagnosis, treatment, and classification of disability and illness has historically been framed within the context […]

May 15, 2017

“Disabled person” or “person with a disability”? This is the question of Identity First language versus Person First language. Some people feel that using “disabled” (or a more specific disability) as an adjective before “person” (or a more specific noun like “student” or “New Zealander”) can be dehumanising and disrespectful. Person First language became very […]

May 1, 2017

Language is powerful. It empowers and disempowers. It conjures thoughts and imagery that are associated or disassociated with people, ideas, and things. It builds bridges of understanding or burns them down to entrench misunderstanding. It is no different when talking and thinking about disability. Our understanding of disability is that it’s an inability to do […]

April 3, 2017

My name is Georgie, I’m the current president of CanDo, and I’m blind. Blind in the sense (hah) that I have 10% of the vision of a fully sighted person. Being a young blind person and having some usable sight seems to confuse people, and they temporarily lose the ability to think before they speak. […]

March 20, 2017

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 […]

March 3, 2017

CanDo at Vic is the representative group for students with disabilities. We’ve started the year with our new executive group and fortnightly Salient column! We’re hoping to have a mix of informative and personal pieces throughout the year. Moving from work or school to university can be a tough transition. Even moving from one university […]

February 26, 2017

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 […]