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.


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


CDSA Student Paper Competition


• 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 should follow the guidelines of The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, a peer-reviewed journal (please see

• 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• Only unpublished work is to be submitted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.


• 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:

• 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 with Student Paper Competition in the subject line)

Please direct any inquiries to Joshua St. Pierre, CDSA-ACEI Student Representative: