SRDC Assistive Technology Survey

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) – a Canadian non-profit research organization – is currently conducting a study on behalf of the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and the Canada Student Loan Program, Permanent Disability Working Group. The project is being led by BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education to better understand the use of assistive technologies (AT) to facilitate access to higher education for students with disabilities across Canada.

AT is any item, equipment, software, or system used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability to help address barriers to education.

We are seeking current post-secondary students who use AT to volunteer for a 30-45 minute interview. Our interviewers will ask you your opinions and experiences about:

  • Disability services and support utilized by you to facilitate your access to post-secondary education
  • Types of AT currently available, their role in supporting academic curriculum delivery, and their effectiveness in facilitating your participation in post-secondary education
  • Processes used at your school to assess the suitability of AT and identify devices that best meet your needs

Interviews will be scheduled between December 2016 and January 20, 2017 at a time and date convenient for you. Your information will be kept confidential and anonymous. By completing the interview, you will be eligible to enter a draw for a $250.00 pre-paid Visa card.

To volunteer for an interview, please USE THIS LINK TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH US:

https://websurvey.srdc.org/s/AT_PSE_Student_Interviews/?l=en

For more information, please contact Jacey Payne (SRDC Research Associate) at jpayne@srdc.org or 587-890-8425.

 

CDSA Student Paper Competition

ELIGIBILITY:

• Students may be at the undergraduate or graduate level at any Canadian college or university

• Students must be the sole author of the submission

SUBMISSIONS:

• Submissions should follow the guidelines of The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed journal (please see http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/about/submissions)

• Only original work is to be submitted

• Only unpublished work is to be submitted

• Work should aim to make substantive contributions to knowledge

• Students should demonstrate how their work is situated within the discipline and within existing literature, specifically regarding this year’s conference theme of “energizing communities.” Submissions should not exceed 7,000 words including references

• Papers will be peer-reviewed by disability studies undergrad and graduate students.

REWARDS FOR TOP THREE SUBMISSIONS:

• Monetary reward (first place: $500, second place: $300, third place: $200)

• Reserved spot to present at the 2016 CDSA-ACEI Conference. Please note: The award winners are not required to attend and present at the CDSA-ACEI conference and CDSA-ACEI cannot cover the cost of travel to the conference. However, CDSA-ACEI has a number of student scholarships available to help cover the cost of attending this conference. Applicants to this competition are welcome to apply for a student scholarship. Please visit our website for more information on these scholarships: www.cdsa-acei.ca

• Acknowledgment on CDSA-ACEI website and other promotional materials

• Opportunity to submit to Canadian Journal of Disability Studies for peer-review

 

*Note that should there be no suitable entries, prizes will not be awarded*

Deadline for Paper Submission: April 15, 2016 (Email to cdsa.acei@gmail.com with Student Paper Competition in the subject line)

Please direct any inquiries to Joshua St. Pierre, CDSA-ACEI Student Representative: cdsa.acei@gmail.com

Google Lime Scholarship Program

Recipients of the 2017 Google Lime Scholarship will each receive a scholarship for the 2017-2018 academic year. Selected students will also be invited to attend the annual Google Scholars’ Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, in 2017. Candidates will also be considered for software engineering internship opportunities with Google.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of candidates’ academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science – $10,000 for those studying in the US and $5,000 for those studying in Canada (based on tuition costs).

Eligibility Requirements:

2017 Scholarship Applicants must match the following criteria:

  • A current undergraduate, graduate or PhD student enrolled at a university in the U.S. or Canada (freshmen/first years and international students studying in the U.S. or Canada are eligible to apply); and also
  • Continuing current studies or intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full time student in a new program (e.g., graduating and pursuing an advanced degree) at a university in the U.S. or Canada in the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Pursuing a Computer Science or Computer Engineering degree, or a degree in a closely related technical field (such as software engineering; or electrical engineering with a heavy computer science course load)
  • Maintaining a strong academic performance
  • A student with a visible or invisible disability (defined as someone who has, or considers themselves to have, a long-term, or recurring, issue that impacts one or more major activities that others may consider to be a daily function); this definition also includes the perception among others that a disability exists. We know that 90% of disabilities on campus are invisible, and candidates with all disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a commitment to and passion for computer science and technology
  • Previous Google Lime Scholars are unfortunately not able to be considered

Visit the scholarship website for more information. The deadline to apply is midnight PST on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

W2RAP UP, November 29 to December 1, 2016

The Student Success Centre, Libraries & Cultural Resources, and the SU Wellness Centre have partnered to run a program called W2RAP UP from Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2016.

This program provides Writing, Wellness, Research, and Academic Support, as well as Peer-Assisted Study Sessions. Through group sessions, you will have an opportunity to receive support for exam-preparation, research, and writing, as well as support for maintaining holistic wellness during the final stretch of the term.  Writing Tutors and Academic Development Specialists will offer one-on-one sessions, and stress-reduction activities such as making stress-balls and receiving free massages will also be offered. This event will provide you with access to services and resources on campus to help you as you wrap up the term!

The full schedule of events is available online.

NEADS Board of Directors positions

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is seeking applications for the next two year term of its board of directors, January 01, 2017 – December 31, 2018. All persons interested in a position on the board must be regular members in good standing, that is students with disabilities enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution or recent graduates with disabilities who have graduated within the last five years.

Consult the press release for more information on the position and application process.

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