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D.S.S.A.'s Spring 2022 Updates

DSSA’s 2nd Annual Disability Inclusion Webinar

We are so happy to announce that our 2nd Annual Disability Inclusion Webinar went very well!  There were just over 20 participants that ranged from students to faculty to alumni.  The response from everyone was amazing!

We were able to make it through all our content, which we were so happy about!  We wanted to start everyone’s journeys with disability with as much information as possible, but even then, it’s just the tip of the iceberg!  As we have been saying, we hope that people take what they learn with us and continue to educate and familiarize themselves with the disability community.  It seems like we were able to accomplish this with the crowd we had.  After the presentation, the comments section was flooded with compliments and gratitude for educating others on this topic.

On top of the content DSSA had created, we were also lucky enough to have features from several community organizations that we have had the please of working with over the years.  The community organizations involved include Roots 2 Wings, Sharing a Purpose (SAP), Noah’s House, Up About Down, and Family Respite Services.  We are so grateful for the connections we have made with all these groups and to have them be a part of our Webinar was so special.  Shoutout to Zoe Dumouchelle (Social Work & Disability Studies Rep) for creating the video!

We were also able to draw three winners for our giveaway!  Congrats Mikala, Monica, and Xiaohong!

Kelly and I would also like to send a special thanks to the members who presented at the Webinar – Sara Harper (Disability Studies Rep), Ailish O’Connor (Secretary), Mia Ennis (3rd Year Rep), Christina Pacitti (General Member), and Megan Koski (General Member).  You all did an incredible job, and all your help was much appreciated!

All in all, the Webinar was a huge success!  We can’t wait to see where the students take this next year, hopefully it will be in person!

If you were unable to attend the Webinar but would like access to the resources (the PowerPoint, the Community Organization video, and the recording of the Webinar), feel free to reach out to us by email at dssa@uwindsor.ca

Recruitment for the 2022/2023 School Year

Unfortunately, this year is Kelly and my last year in DSSA, along with several of our members.  We are going to miss this group so much!  With that, we will be doing recruitment for all positions.  This includes:

President*

Vice President*

Secretary

Treasurer

1st Year Representative

2nd Year Representative

3rd Year Representative

4th Year Representative

Disability Studies Representative

Social Work & Disability Studies Representative

Psychology & Disability Studies Representative

*There can also be Co-Presidents instead of President and Vice President

In order to hold one of the above positions, you must be in the Disability Studies program.  That being said, we are always looking for general members.  If you want to be a general member of DSSA, you don’t have to be in the Disability Studies program.

If you are worried about not having experience to be in an executive position, don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  We will be available to guide you through everything you need to know about each position and how to plan meetings and events.  Don’t let the fact that you haven’t done this before stop you from joining, we all started out that way!

DSSA has been a part of my (Celeste) life for the last five years and I am so glad that I took the leap and joined!  I went from general member to Co-President in my time in DSSA, once you join, you become a lifer!  Every year it is always an amazing and incredibly kind group of people that end up becoming your close friends.

So, if you are passionate about disability and want to make an impact or change in your community, DSSA is the group for you!

If you are interested in joining DSSA, please reach out to us by email – dssa@uwindsor.ca.  We really want to keep DSSA going for years to come, and we would love for you to be a part of that!


Contact Disability Studies

The University of Windsor
School of Social Work

167 Ferry Street
Second Floor, Room 205
Windsor, Ontario N9A 0C5

Phone: 519-253-3000, Ext. 3064
Fax: 519-973-7036
Email: disabilitystudies@uwindsor.ca