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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 […]

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. […]