Disability Studies Program
Fall 2021 Newsletter
“Nothing about us, without us” 
Congratulations Disability Studies 2021 Graduates!
Congratulations to our fall 2021 graduates! You did it! You completed your degree through unprecedented times. You are resilient, committed and you will go on to do great things! Please stay in touch with the Disability Studies program and the UWindsor Alumni Association!
Isabelle Bikela Mongu, Alumni

My name is Isabelle Bikela Mongu. I was born in Canada but originally come from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I initially went to Conestoga College to become a Hearing Instrument Specialist (HIS) and earned my diploma but wanted to add more to my educational career by taking the BA Disability Studies and Psychology program at UWindsor. The reason why I choose this program is because it interrelates with the HIS program I took back in college.

Hearing loss is a visible disability that is important to acknowledge and can affect an individual’s psychological mental health. This program added more knowledge to what I had already gained from my previous College program. It provided me a better understanding on how to approach, teach, and counsel patients who have or are dealing with hearing loss. This was a great program that provided me with the best of both worlds. Professors created a safe environment where students could express themselves, ask questions, and have everybody engaged in meaningful topics of discussion. 

If I had to start my education over and was asked, what program would I like to study at UWindsor, I would choose the BA Disability studies & Psychology program in a heartbeat. I'm proud to be a UWindsor Alumni.

Zoe Dumouchelle is your 2021-22
Disability Studies Student Representative

Hi, my name is Zoe Dumouchelle. I am a second-year Combined BA Honours Bachelor of Social Work and Disability Studies student. I am the BSW and Disability Studies representative for the D.S.S.A. (Disability Studies Student Association) and the Disability Studies Student Representative for the Disability Studies program. I have also been appointed to sit on Faculty Coordinating Council (F.C.C.) as a student representative. I will attend The School of Social Work’s School Council and Disability Studies committee meetings for the 2021-2022 academic year. I am honoured and grateful to have been given the opportunity to aid in making change on campus through using student voices! Although this school year is going to look different, together we will have a positive and successful year!
Disability Studies Student Association (D.S.S.A.)
By Celeste Simpson, D.S.S.A. Co-President

Invisible Disabilities Week - October 17-23
 
Our first event of the year was Invisible Disabilities Week, which we held completely online. Every day we shared some information on an invisible disability that our members collected, with extra content on specific days as well. It could not have gone any better! We were able to reach so many people and because of that we had a lot of people sharing our content. We even had the Invisible Disabilities Association sharing our content, which was awesome! It was a successful first event, and we could not have pulled it off without people liking, commenting, and sharing our content throughout the week. So, on behalf of DSSA, thank you to everyone for making our first event a huge hit!
 
Our Next Event: Online Auction for Noah’s House
 
For our next event, DSSA will be holding an auction to fundraiser for Noah’s House to help them hire a new social worker.  The event will be held on our D.S.S.A. Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WindsorDisabilityStudies/

Noah’s House is “a foundation invested in working with the youth and young adults in the community to end the stigma of mental health.” Noah’s House was created specifically to fill the gap that has formed in mental and emotional support. They have a bunch of great services and fun events that they hold for their participants. They are doing amazing work and bringing attention to very important topics and we are so excited to be supporting them!
Here is their website if you want to look into their services more in-depth - https://www.noahshouse.ca/
 
The auction will open Monday November 22 at 7:00am and will close Sunday November 28th at 11:59pm. We will contact the winners on Monday November 29th and Tuesday November 30th throughout the day. We will be giving you information on payment and will work out delivery (there will be pick up and delivery options).
 
We have a ton of fun items for you all to bid on! So, take a seat, relax, and bid! Good luck! 
IDeA Student Competition

"Briefly speaking, the Innovative Designs for enhancing Accessibility (IDeA) is a student competition that is aimed to inspire students to create innovative and effective ideas that can resolve accessibility barriers within our community. Group or alone, undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time, the competition is open to all University of Windsor students that are willing to submit and present an idea for a chance to earn prizes up to $500. The competition closes on January 28th, 2022."
 
"Students in the past have used this competition to develop graduate-level research thesis or gone on to implement the ideas developed in this competition", notes Nicole Canzoneri, IDEA UWindsor Student Competition Coordinator in the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility. Find out more information on the OHREA website at IDeA Competition 2021-2022 | Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) (uwindsor.ca) 
Into the Unknown: Discovering Academic and Career Options

Attention first year students! Please join us on November 12 at 11 AM – 12 noon and discuss your academic and career options with Tony Vo, Student Experience Coordinator from FAHSS, and Sydney Murray, Career Advisor from Career Development and Experiential Learning during the Into the Unknown: Discovering Academic and Career Options series.
 
This series of events is designed to support first year students as they transition into their first year of their academic program, while encouraging career development.
 
During this session, first year students will have an opportunity to learn about academic and career services, discover different academic and career options, and address common academic and career concerns. To register for this event, please follow this link Qualtrics Survey | Qualtrics Experience Management

Into the Unknown: Beyond Graduation
 
Attention fourth year students! Please join us on November 26 at 11 AM – 12 noon and discuss your academic and career options with Tony Vo, Student Experience Coordinator from FAHSS, and Sydney Murray, Career Advisor from Career Development and Experiential Learning during the Into the Unknown: Beyond Graduation series.
 
This series of events is designed to support fourth year students as they plan their next steps after graduation, while encouraging career development.
 
During this session, fourth year students will have an opportunity to learn about academic and career services, discover different academic and career options, and address common academic and career concerns. To register for this event, please follow this link: https://uwindsor.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5vChQJNUhQJxQUK

Student Accessibility Services is here for you! Our office is currently closed but all our Advisors are working online. Do you or someone you know have a permanent or temporary disability? You can talk to an advisor to see if there is some way that we can help you be a more successful student or help create or more equitable learning experience for you. 

Do you take good notes and are you willing to share them with your fellow Lancers?
We are always looking for notetakers for all classes. If you are able to share this information with your peers that would be great. As always we are here for you!

Please visit the Student Accessibility Office website for further resources and information.
Disability Studies Program
c/o School of Social Work
167 Ferry Street, Room 205
Windsor, Ontario N9A 0C5
519-253-3000 ext. 3064
disabilitystudies@uwindsor.ca