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May 21, 2018

“But they don’t look disabled!” This is something many of my friends have heard said about them over the years. To the average person, when they think about the word “disabled”, no doubt the most common image they’ll conjure up is a person in a wheelchair, or maybe someone holding a cane. But disabilities extend […]

May 7, 2018

Now that the mid-trimester break is over, exams and assignments are starting to pile up. It’s daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. As a disabled student, I’ve found that the assignment crunch can not only affect my work, but also my wellbeing. Here are my tried and true tips for managing assignments. Get cosy […]

April 30, 2018

One of the questions I often get asked is if Disability Services and CanDo also include mental illnesses under the definition of disability. We definitely do! When I first arrived at university, I didn’t consider how my mental illness would affect my study. I was undiagnosed at the time, but as the trimesters wore on […]

March 26, 2018

What is disability? Sometimes the answers to questions we have can be hard to find. Spending hours putting keywords into google with no intelligible response can be frustrating and fruitless — especially terms like disability, which encompasses a diverse range of impairments. Here at Victoria, Disability Services uses this definition: “We view disability as a […]

February 26, 2018

CanDo is Victoria University’s representative group for disabled students. Our goal is to assist in creating an accessible and welcoming learning environment, and encouraging connections within the vibrant and continually evolving disabled community. If you’re a new student to university, or to Victoria, welcome! Moving from work or school to university can be a tough […]

August 14, 2017

Hi, my name is Lilli, and I’m an Academic Support Worker for Disability Services here at Victoria. Academic Support Worker roles include note taking, reading, writing for students during tests and exams, and making resources accessible for students. My primary roles are reading/writing and accessibility support. As you might expect, we are very busy during […]

July 31, 2017

Yes, you ARE allowed to ask for help! “But my problems aren’t that bad,” you say as someone hands you a card for Disability Services. Sure, things are a little tough right now, and you’re finding some aspects of study really tricky, but you don’t feel like things are “that bad” yet, and you certainly […]

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 […]