CUSA Carleton Disability Awareness Centre

CUSA Carleton Disability Awareness Centre Contact CDAC:
[email protected]
613-520-6618 ext.6618
424 Unicentre The Carleton Disability Awareness Center (CDAC) is a service center which provides the Carleton population with social supports regarding disability or accessibility.

We are designed to act as a forum for disability issues and to provide advocacy and events that raise disability awareness on campus and in the broader community. We are in place in order to foster social opportunities and to involve the CUSA membership in disability education and the promotion of inclusion. We endeavour to challenge the stereotypes about disability and assist in the removal of ba

We are designed to act as a forum for disability issues and to provide advocacy and events that raise disability awareness on campus and in the broader community. We are in place in order to foster social opportunities and to involve the CUSA membership in disability education and the promotion of inclusion. We endeavour to challenge the stereotypes about disability and assist in the removal of ba

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Welcome back Ravens! Fall term begins tomorrow, September 8! Remember to practice self-care this week, and feel free to ...
09/07/2021

Welcome back Ravens! Fall term begins tomorrow, September 8! Remember to practice self-care this week, and feel free to reach out either to this account or any of the links in our Linktree!

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Welcome back Ravens! Fall term begins tomorrow, September 8! Remember to practice self-care this week, and feel free to reach out either to this account or any of the links in our Linktree!

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Meet our coordinators: Lily Rabinovitch and Emilie Cryderman! #Carleton #CarletonUniversity #Students #StudentsWithDisab...
09/04/2021

Meet our coordinators: Lily Rabinovitch and Emilie Cryderman!

#Carleton #CarletonUniversity #Students #StudentsWithDisabilities #NewLook #Ravens #Ottawa #Disability #Accessibility

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With one week until the beginning of fall classes, we wanted to share some tips for students with their virtual classes!...
09/01/2021

With one week until the beginning of fall classes, we wanted to share some tips for students with their virtual classes! We know that online learning can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but hopefully, these tips can make it a bit less stressful. As always, please reach out if you want to chat, or if there is anything we can do to support you!

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#Carleton #CarletonUniversity #Students #StudentsWithDisabilities #NewLook #Ravens #Ottawa #Disability #Accessibility

T-35 minutes and counting! Coming up: an Instagram Live Q&A with Nicole from ACT. Tune in to hear all about the ACT prog...
08/23/2021

T-35 minutes and counting! Coming up: an Instagram Live Q&A with Nicole from ACT. Tune in to hear all about the ACT program and ask any questions you may have.

T-35 minutes and counting! Coming up: an Instagram Live Q&A with Nicole from ACT. Tune in to hear all about the ACT program and ask any questions you may have.

With summer classes now a week in, we thought it time to check in with you lovely folx! Don't forget to take a break and...
05/16/2021

With summer classes now a week in, we thought it time to check in with you lovely folx! Don't forget to take a break and prioritize YOU! We love and miss you all, hopefully we can see all your amazing faces again soon. As always, reach out if want to chat.

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#SelfCare #Power #Disability #StudentsWithDisabilities #SummerSchool #COVIDWellness #CarletonUniversity #Carleton #Ravens #DisabledAndProud

With summer classes now a week in, we thought it time to check in with you lovely folx! Don't forget to take a break and prioritize YOU! We love and miss you all, hopefully we can see all your amazing faces again soon. As always, reach out if want to chat.

Image Description: Pale blue and light grey background with a quote text box overlayed. Quote reads "With every act of self-care your authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration: I am on my side, I am on my side. - Susan Weiss Berry"

#SelfCare #Power #Disability #StudentsWithDisabilities #SummerSchool #COVIDWellness #CarletonUniversity #Carleton #Ravens #DisabledAndProud

Hi Friends! My name is Emily and I am the administrative coordinator at CDAC. I am currently completing my fourth year o...
05/13/2021

Hi Friends! My name is Emily and I am the administrative coordinator at CDAC. I am currently completing my fourth year of my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Disability Studies. I am super duper looking forward to the summer and upcoming school year and *hopefully* seeing all your lovely faces soon.

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#Carleton #Ravens #StudentsWithDisabilities #CUSA #CarletonUniversity #DisabledAndProud #SummerSchool #Introduction

Hi Friends! My name is Emily and I am the administrative coordinator at CDAC. I am currently completing my fourth year of my Bachelor of Social Work with a minor in Disability Studies. I am super duper looking forward to the summer and upcoming school year and *hopefully* seeing all your lovely faces soon.

Image Description: Baby blue background with a photo of our adminstrative coordinator Emily pasted roughly overtop. Emily is wearing a black button up top with ripped jeans sitting in the middle of a train track smiling at the camera. laid overtop the image is the text ‘Hi Friends!’.

#Carleton #Ravens #StudentsWithDisabilities #CUSA #CarletonUniversity #DisabledAndProud #SummerSchool #Introduction

With the Spring/Summer Semester around the corner, we just want to pop back in to remind you we are here to supprt you y...
04/29/2021

With the Spring/Summer Semester around the corner, we just want to pop back in to remind you we are here to supprt you year round! Do not hesitate to reach out over the summer if you need anything at all. Good luck to all of you preparing for classes, and to those of you taking a break: REST UP!

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#Carleton #SummerSchool #Ravens #Disability #StudentWithADisability #DisabledAndProud #Support #Resources #HereForYou #Wellness

With the Spring/Summer Semester around the corner, we just want to pop back in to remind you we are here to supprt you year round! Do not hesitate to reach out over the summer if you need anything at all. Good luck to all of you preparing for classes, and to those of you taking a break: REST UP!

Image Description: Half white, half blue background split horizontally. Text overtop of the background reads "Welcome to the Spring/Summer Semester. CLASSES START: MAY 6TH, 2021. Outlines are to be made available to students by: April 29th, 2021. Last day to withdraw from early summer and full summer courses with a full fee adjustment is: May 21st, 2021"

#Carleton #SummerSchool #Ravens #Disability #StudentWithADisability #DisabledAndProud #Support #Resources #HereForYou #Wellness

Always find yourself exhausted and stressed from thinking about your financials? Check out these curated tips to help yo...
03/25/2021

Always find yourself exhausted and stressed from thinking about your financials? Check out these curated tips to help you get on the path towards success! Have any extra tips? Comment them down below !

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03/17/2021

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The Ottawa Disability Coalition, Ottawa Public Health and the City of Ottawa's Accessibility Office invite you to the first forum on #COVID19 vaccination specific to people with disabilities in Ottawa. It will take place on March 23rd at 10:30 am.
Registration is required: http://ow.ly/meBP50E0qq3

03/16/2021

Meet Randy Slepchik, a labour and disability lawyer and partner at Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP and speaker at the upcoming educational seminar, "ODSP and Supplementary Government Benefits for Students during COVID-19".

Randy regularly advises unions, workers and equity-seeking organizations as to legal strategies for advancing the rights of workers and persons living with disabilities. Randy is also on the Board of REACH Canada in support of REACH’s goal of increasing access to justice for persons with disabilities.

To register for the March 22, 2021 event, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvceqsrjMtHd2SKiTOgVXDqyHN3br23sU-

**TRIGGER WARNING: this post discusses the realities of sleep deprivation and how this affects mental and physical healt...
03/16/2021

**TRIGGER WARNING: this post discusses the realities of sleep deprivation and how this affects mental and physical health and some readers may find this disturbing and/or triggering.**  It’s not always easy to stay on track with a sleep schedule, especially as a student in the middle of a global pandemic while EVERYTHING around you is changing.

Today marks one year since Canada declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since the pandemic began, 2.5 million people around the ...
03/11/2021

Today marks one year since Canada declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since the pandemic began, 2.5 million people around the world have died due to COVID-19, with more than 22,000 of them in Canada. So today, March 11th, has been designated a national day of observance for those whom we have lost to the illness. Stay safe, spread kindness ❤️

Today marks one year since Canada declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since the pandemic began, 2.5 million people around the world have died due to COVID-19, with more than 22,000 of them in Canada. So today, March 11th, has been designated a national day of observance for those whom we have lost to the illness. Stay safe, spread kindness ❤️

Adulting can be hard and we know it. How much do you know about your car, home, or business insurance? Thinking about bu...
03/11/2021

Adulting can be hard and we know it. How much do you know about your car, home, or business insurance? Thinking about buying a policy and not sure where to start? Check out these tips and tricks and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! We’re here to help.

03/10/2021

JOB OPPORTUNITY:

BEING Studio invites applications from disability-identified candidates for the following position:



Digital Studio Facilitator
$20.80 per hour
Part-time (up to 28 hours per week), 6-month contract with possibility of renewal, remote work/work from home. Job starts: March 22, 2021. Deadline for applications: March 17, 2021.



Digital Studio Facilitator. This is a remote job and does not require travel to Ottawa. We welcome eligible candidates from anywhere in Canada to apply.

Remote working requirements:

- Access to a remote workspace, ideally a home-based office;

- Access to a strong internet connection;

- Ability to work hours according to the Eastern Time Zone (ET);

- BEING will provide an email account, remote file storage, and software access;

- Some weekend work may be required.

BEING is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting the participation and professional practice of artists with developmental disabilities. BEING has been continually adapting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, launching a virtual program called BEING Home. The virtual program offers facilitated chat sessions and video prompts to inspire art projects from home.

Reporting to the Program Director and working in close collaboration with the Artistic Director, Studio Facilitators participate in co-creating a safe, responsive, and supportive environment for the artists at BEING. The role of the Facilitator is to empower creative exploration and community cohesion at BEING Studio by providing material, conceptual and emotional guidance as appropriate. As a member of BEING studio’s staff team, you may also occasionally be asked to participate in supporting fundraising activities, communications efforts, and other tasks as needed as you support virtual iterations of BEING’s programs.

Main tasks will include:

- Facilitating meetings with artists using Zoom

- Collaboration with programming team

- Participating in team meetings and 1:1 meetings as required

- Other tasks as needed.



The ideal candidate:

- Arts related training with courses in fine arts, disability studies or related field.

- Strong interpersonal skills, preferably with some experience working on a team.

- Comfortable using digital collaboration platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other Microsoft tools

- Knowledge of and experience within disability arts and culture is considered an asset.



BEING is strongly committed to equity and values diversity. We encourage applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of racialized communities and LGBTQ-identified persons. Applications from disability-identified persons will be prioritized.



To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Stephanie Nadeau: [email protected]

🙋‍♀️👏! Social justice cannot be passive, today and every day we must choose to engage and to commit to action. Beyond th...
03/08/2021

🙋‍♀️👏! Social justice cannot be passive, today and every day we must choose to engage and to commit to action. Beyond this, we question the privilege that many have to even make this choice in the first place. Women’s rights and disability rights often go hand in hand, and today, we challenge you to examine the intersectionality of women’s rights. Have any questions or thoughts? We’d love to hear them, comment below or send us a message!

THIS WEEK! Last week was so much fun and we can’t wait to kick it up a notch for a Zumba-style dance fit class this WEDN...
03/07/2021

THIS WEEK! Last week was so much fun and we can’t wait to kick it up a notch for a Zumba-style dance fit class this WEDNESDAY MARCH 10th at 1:30pm. All abilities welcome! Link in bio!

THIS WEEK! Last week was so much fun and we can’t wait to kick it up a notch for a Zumba-style dance fit class this WEDNESDAY MARCH 10th at 1:30pm. All abilities welcome! Link in bio!

Are you a student looking to learn more about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and other benefit programs d...
03/03/2021

Are you a student looking to learn more about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and other benefit programs during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please join Reach Canada and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre for an overview of the ODSP program, eligibility, and other government benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our speaker will be Randy Slepchik, a labour and disability lawyer and partner at Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP. Randy regularly advises unions, workers and equity-seeking organizations as to legal strategies for advancing the rights of workers and persons living with disabilities. Randy is also on the Board of REACH Canada in support of REACH’s goal of increasing access to justice for disabled persons.

This session is made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

There is no fee to attend this event but advanced registration is required. REGISTER AT: bit.ly/REACHxCDAC

Are you a student looking to learn more about the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and other benefit programs during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please join Reach Canada and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre for an overview of the ODSP program, eligibility, and other government benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our speaker will be Randy Slepchik, a labour and disability lawyer and partner at Jewitt McLuckie & Associates LLP. Randy regularly advises unions, workers and equity-seeking organizations as to legal strategies for advancing the rights of workers and persons living with disabilities. Randy is also on the Board of REACH Canada in support of REACH’s goal of increasing access to justice for disabled persons.

This session is made possible with the generous support of the Ottawa Community Foundation.

There is no fee to attend this event but advanced registration is required. REGISTER AT: bit.ly/REACHxCDAC

Filing your taxes can be an incredibly stressful experience. Here are some of the basics we should all know about filing...
03/01/2021

Filing your taxes can be an incredibly stressful experience. Here are some of the basics we should all know about filing our taxes- including some new COVID-19 changes!

T-Two Hours to our first wheelchair fitness class with @toprock.ca ! This week participants will need some weights (cann...
02/24/2021

T-Two Hours to our first wheelchair fitness class with @toprock.ca ! This week participants will need some weights (canned goods will do!) and resistance bands (hand towel also works!)! We can’t wait to see you! Link in bio :)

T-Two Hours to our first wheelchair fitness class with @toprock.ca ! This week participants will need some weights (canned goods will do!) and resistance bands (hand towel also works!)! We can’t wait to see you! Link in bio :)

Since most of us aren’t leaving our homes, every day can start to feel the same. Try starting your day with a fun and fe...
02/18/2021

Since most of us aren’t leaving our homes, every day can start to feel the same. Try starting your day with a fun and feel-good routine! Winter can be extra hard on us, not to mention a global pandemic, please reach out if you are struggling and need help.

CDAC's Adulting 101 Campaign is designed to help teach you all the things you wish you knew about adulting that we were ...
02/10/2021

CDAC's Adulting 101 Campaign is designed to help teach you all the things you wish you knew about adulting that we were somehow *never* taught 🙄 let us know what you want to learn for your chance to win an Amazon gift card!

Our second winter wellness tip involves beating the winter blues! Seasonal affective disorder affects many of us and can...
02/08/2021

Our second winter wellness tip involves beating the winter blues! Seasonal affective disorder affects many of us and can very detrimental to your mental and physical well-being. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you are struggling.

Want to participate in a full day of dance and and fitness for an amazing cause? Step Up For Hope is an annual charity m...
02/05/2021

Want to participate in a full day of dance and and fitness for an amazing cause? Step Up For Hope is an annual charity marathon in which Foot Soldiers (participants) engage in 12 hours of movement... or at least give it their best shot. All funds raised will be donated to The Ottawa Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. CDAC will be making a donation for everyone who registers under our Team so you all can participate in a fun day of dance, fitness, and live music! See you all February 15th! ❤️🎉

Want to participate in a full day of dance and and fitness for an amazing cause? Step Up For Hope is an annual charity marathon in which Foot Soldiers (participants) engage in 12 hours of movement... or at least give it their best shot. All funds raised will be donated to The Ottawa Hospital’s Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. CDAC will be making a donation for everyone who registers under our Team so you all can participate in a fun day of dance, fitness, and live music! See you all February 15th! ❤️🎉

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Carleton Disability Awareness Center (CDAC) provides the Carleton community with social supports regarding disability and accessibility. CDAC is designed to act as a forum for disability issues and to provide advocacy and events. The CDAC staff aims to foster social opportunities and to involve the CUSA membership in disability education and inclusion. They endeavour to challenge the stereotypes about disability and assist in the removal of barriers to every aspect of university life. CDAC achieves this through a wide range of programming for students that are both fun and informative.

Since its founding in 1988, CDAC has become one of the leading disability awareness centers in the country and has been at the forefront of advocacy at the student level. Whether it be in policy through the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, or our Disability Awareness Weeks, we have always been proud of our ability to promote effective change within the Carleton community.

CDAC’s programs include speaker events and workshops regarding issues surrounding visible and non-visible disabilities, including mental health, s*xuality, accessibility, and more. The centre also runs programs to support disabled students on campus, such as wheelchair rentals and campaigns to improve accessibility and disability awareness on campus.

Events from previous years have been known to spark discussion, foster friendships, and break barriers. S*x & Disability is an event run yearly by the centre that aims to normalize discussion around s*x for people with disabilities. S*x & Disability is only one of the many events CDAC runs throughout the year so make sure you stay tuned for exciting news and new events.

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Hello all, My name is Sarah, and I am a fourth year Journalism student at Carleton University working for the Midweek radio show. A colleague and I are hoping to do an audio story telling the experiences of what voting is like with a physical disability. We want to highlight personal stories that describe accessibility challenges. We are open to hearing from anyone who has insight from their voting experience or is planning to vote this Monday. Any help is appreciated, thank you for your time! Best regards, Sarah
Have YOU registered yet? Please join us at our upcoming Webinar event. Topic: Fostering Accessibility Through Sport When: May 15, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time EVERYONE is welcome – Are you interested in PARTICIPATING in adapted sports (sailing rowing, etc)? Thinking about VOLUNTEERING but don’t know how to get started? Interested in learning more about accessibility through sport? Just curious? COME ALONG!! Let’s be honest – we’re all supposed to be at home anyway so grab a coffee and come join us! Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fyI-dgtnRqKfYR6uruQ_pg
YOU ARE INVITED to a Zoom webinar. Topic: Fostering Accessibility Through Sport When: May 15, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time Register in advance for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fyI-dgtnRqKfYR6uruQ_pg Featuring Jenny Davey, Paralympic Pathways at the Canadian Paralympic Committee Join Jenny for a presentation of reflection, discovery, and pure innovation as you learn about how sailing and paddling can be a wonderful way to enhance accessibility and bring people of all abilities together. With a focus on how to support barrier-free participation for people with disabilities, in this session, you will: > Discover how incredibly accessible and adaptable sport can be > Learn how to get involved in accessible sport opportunities, as a volunteer and/or participant > Hear interesting stories and perspectives directly from athletes, coaches, and volunteers > Gather practical tips you can apply right away to support an inclusive environment at the club, on the docks, and on the water > Have a chance to ask any questions you may have about creating a safe, welcoming, and inclusive sporting environment for participants and athletes with disabilities
JOIN US on April 24th at 10:00am for our Ottawa Able-Sport Community Event, hosted on Zoom. EVERYONE Welcome! "FOSTERING ACCESSIBILITY THROUGH SPORT" REGISTER NOW: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_kaMQdLFjRGaNfV6waxGGPg
Hi there! I am a caregiver for my father who sustained an SCI and also a master's student at Carleton University in th Psychology department. I designed a study (along with Dr. Chris Davis) to learn more about the role of peer support in adjustment following SCI. By peer support, I mean the relationships you have developed with others living with SCI. The survey takes between 15-30 minutes to complete and all participants will be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards (of their choosing). If you are interested in participating, follow this anonymous link (or use the attached QR code): https://carletonpsych.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08N9MRRluqSwsTj Thank you for your time and consideration. Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend! 🙂
Hello! My name is Joy McLeod and I am a master's student at Carleton University. I designed a study to learn more about the role of peer support in adjustment following spinal cord injury (SCI) By peer support, I mean the relationships you have developed with others living with SCI. Individuals can connect with similar others through formal mentorship programs (where the peer has received training) or through informal connections with others who have not received peer-support training (e.g., online communities). The survey takes between 15-30 minutes to complete and all participants will be entered to win 1 of 3 $50 gift cards. If you are interested in participating, follow this anonymous link (or use the attached QR code): https://carletonpsych.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_08N9MRRluqSwsTj Please share if you know anyone else who may be interested in participating. Wishing everyone a wonderful week! 🙂
Hi there, sharing with you this official House of Commons petition asking for increased funding equal to CERB for disabled and low-income Candians during and past COVID? The more signatures the better the chance! The petition closes Sept. 30. Thank you!
Hello! A new post is out this week, which is basically my mad ramblings (otherwise known as, my own opinion) on the HollyWood casting controversy:
Hello! A new post is out this week, the second-last look at the Hollywood issue, the problem with acting:
Hello! I am back to making posts again, and what a topic I have for discussion this week! I'm not sure how to explain it here, but lets say that it's been bugging me over the last 4 or so months (And no, it's not the weather, or politics. They're 4/7, 365 day annoyance's):
Hello! Due to me being a university student coming to the end of his term, not to mention preparing to advocate for Autism Acceptance month (more on that later), my work load has...well, grown. Exponentially. As such I will not be able to keep up writing my blog for sometime (fear not, it won't be long. Or fear plenty, however you cope) but I will be back to make biting remarks, dry humour, or whatever you do/do not know me for. Until than, This continues to be, the Audacious Aspie.
Hello! A new post is out this week, this time taking a look at why non-disabled actors are almost always picked to play disabled characters: