Disability Studies Program in the School of Social Work
Winter 2022 Newsletter
“Nothing about us, without us” 
Congratulations, Sarah Hughes!

Congratulations to Sarah Hughes, Honours BA Disability Studies and Psychology student, for being awarded the OHREA Accessibility Award in December! This is a wonderful achievement and quite an honour! Thank you for all you do for the University of Windsor, the Disability Studies program and the disabilities community!

A message from Sarah:

I am very honoured to accept this award and be in such an amazing program. Thank you to
Dr. Shelagh Towson for all her guidance and help through her years at the University of Windsor. D.S.S.A. is always looking for general members as well even if you are not in this field but want to join a fun and engaging group of people who help other students with disabilities and run events for fundraising for groups in our community. Such as: Roots For Wings, Noah’s House etc. 

D.S.S.A., Disability Studies Student Association's Upcoming Events
Spread the Word to End the Word
February 28th to March 2nd

DSSA’s Spread the Word to End the Word event was a huge success! On Monday February 28th we had a post about the Spread the Word event and what it’s all about. On Tuesday March 1st, we made a post about the harms of using the r-word, along with a little bit of history behind the use of the r-word. Finally, on Wednesday March 2nd we made a post that our followers could like, comment on, and/or share as a way to pledge to end the use of the r-word. We also opened it up to our followers to share how they planned on being more inclusive. Along with this post, we shared a compilation of videos with special appearances from DSSA members, family and friends, St. Joseph’s Catholic High School students, Best Buddies, and Roots 2 Wings! Everyone involved shared their pledge to end the use of the r-word and to spread the word to end the word. It was amazing to see our community come together for this!
We want to thank everyone who contributed and interacted with our posts for Spread the Word, it wouldn’t be successful without you all!
We also want to send out a special thank you to our Social Media Representative, Fatima Charara, for her amazing work on the posts and for reaching out to other people to share our content. We wouldn’t be able to do these amazing online events without her!
Remember, advocating to end the use of the r-word doesn’t stop when Spread the Word stops! Keep educating the people around you about the harms of the r-word on the disability community and continue to promote removing the r-word from everyone’s vocabulary!
Rock Your Socks Down Syndrome Day Walk
Sunday, March 20th at 11:00am-2:00pm

DSSA is so excited to announce that we will be holding our first in-person event in 2 years! That’s right, our Down Syndrome Day Walk is back!! This event is sponsored by Blain Property Maintenance.
The Rock Your Socks Down Syndrome Day Walk is being planned by two DSSA members – our First Year Rep, Denise Sargent and our Secretary, Ailish O’Connor!
The Rock Your Socks Down Syndrome Day Walk will be held Sunday March 20th from 11:00am-2:00pm at Bert Weeks Park on Riverside Drive East at Parent Avenue. There will be a booth set up at Bert Weeks Park and the walk will be along the river. Participants are also welcomed to do the walk virtually at their own convenience and share pictures/videos if they are comfortable! Participants can sign up for the event at www.rockyoursocks2022.eventbrite.ca. Registration will close Wednesday March 16th. There will be warm drinks, water, and some snacks available at the booth for participants. Check out the Facebook page to stay up to date on the event – https://fb.me/e/2n4iNuuXl.
Participants can collect pledges from friends and family or may choose to donate. Once participants register for the walk, they will be emailed a pledge form. This form allows participants to keep track their pledges/donations. The pledges/donations can be submitted through this Square link – https://square.link/u/1PP8pdaC. On the day of the walk, participants are to bring their pledge form to submit to members. Colourful socks and masks will be distributed to all in-person participants who provide at least $5 in pledges/donations. As well, the top 3 participants with the highest amount in pledges/donations will win a grand prize donated by Cartoon Kingdom and Taya from Sunshine Dance Studios.
All the proceeds will go to Up About Down, a Windsor-based organization of people committed to enhancing the quality of life for individuals with Down Syndrome and their families (https://www.upaboutdown.org/). 
We will give an update on the Covid protocols for this event soon, but as of right now, masks (or some alternative) will be required. If you don’t bring one, there will be some provided.
We are so excited that we are finally able to hold an event in person and that we can say “we hope to see you there” and actually mean it!!
Disability Inclusion Webinar
Tuesday, April 5th from 5:00pm-7:00pm

DSSA is thrilled to announce that we will be holding another Disability Inclusion Webinar!! We had such a huge success last year; we knew we had to bring it back this year!
The purpose of our Disability Inclusion Webinar is to explore disability topics and issues that students, staff, and faculty may not have had the opportunity to learn about otherwise. We open this event to ALL students in ALL programs, as well as any staff and faculty who are interested in joining. We do this because students in programs outside of Disability Studies often do not get the opportunity to take classes on disability. As well, it doesn’t matter what program students are in or what career path they choose, they will more than likely work alongside people with disabilities or have clients who are disabled. This Webinar will focus on how we as students, staff, and faculty can best interact with those in the disability community. This Webinar will be a great first step in the students’, staff’s, and faculty’s journeys towards learning about disabilities.  We also hope that it provokes a commitment to lifelong learning about disability issues.
We are very lucky to have some guest speakers join us! There will also be some content on community organizations for people with disabilities in Windsor. The remainder of the content will be presented by DSSA members.
The presentations will go for an hour and a half, and the last half hour will be used for questions. We understand that April is a busy month, but even if you can only stay for some of the presentation, we would love to have you!
We are super excited to be able to host this event again! It’s always nice to see students, staff, and faculty outside of Disability Studies participating in these events. We also want to point out that even if you joined us last year, we would love to have you again as there will be some new topics discussed, as well as new guest speakers! We hope that this information resonates with you and that you carry it with you throughout your lives and careers.
We will also be giving away some DSSA merch to 3 lucky winners at the end of the Webinar!
Here is the link for registration – https://forms.office.com/r/kc327z2rCx. Registration will close Monday March 28th at 11:59pm. Soon after registration closes, a Teams invite will be shared with the participants.
Save the date, we will see you all April 5th!!

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Kelly and Celeste at dssa@uwindsor.ca!

Accessibility Awareness Days

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (OHREA) invites the campus community to attend the 9th Annual Accessibility Awareness Days event. The format this year will involve 5 live, virtual workshops held each Tuesday in March from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm.

Since the University has been mainly online for almost 2 years, this event is intended to assist staff, students, and faculty discover the many ways that the University is working towards accessibility and inclusion. Participants will learn about making the classroom accessible, technology solutions, accessibility in the built environment, and mental health supports for the campus community. Personal experiences will be shared to better understand accessibility from an equity, diversity, and inclusivity perspective and to learn what each of us can do to be better allies. We all have a role to play in making our campus welcoming to all.

Schedule of Events:

  • March 1 – Universal Design for Learning and Accommodations
  • March 8 – Technology Tools
  • March 15 – Accessible Places and Spaces
  • March 22 – Intersectionality and Disability (In partnership with EDI week.) 
  • March 29 – Mental Health Supports

Hope you will join us!
Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility

Disability [R]evolution - Call for submissions

The Disability Studies program in the School of Social Work is proud to co-sponsor the Art Gallery of Windsor’s upcoming community exhibition: Disability [R]evolution.

The Art Gallery of Windsor is looking for submissions of creative work from members of the disability community across Windsor-Essex for our upcoming community exhibition. Members of the disability community of all ages and artistic experiences are welcome to participate. 

Participants who submit work can submit to one of two themes: Time Capsule (If you could create a time capsule filled with artifacts for a future that you want to see for people with disabilities, what would you include?) or Exhibition Response (Choose an artist or an artwork from our exhibition Crip Ecologies: Vulnerable Bodies in a Toxic Landscape and create a response to it). The deadline to submit work is March 11th, 2022. 

If you require help/accommodations to submit your work, please email Abbey Lee Hallett at ahallett@agw.ca. Please view the Art Gallery's website at Disability [R]evolution - Call for submissions (agw.ca) for further information.
Disability Studies Program
c/o School of Social Work
167 Ferry Street, Room 205
Windsor, Ontario N9A 0C5
519-253-3000 ext. 3064