NEADS Financial Assistance Programs Info Session with Katja Newman

April 11th, 2022

Algonqiun Anishinabee Territory / Ottawa,ON

Join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) Team on April 29th at 12pm EDT as we discuss our financial assistance programs and resources for disabled post-secondary students and graduates! Katja Newman, NEADS' Financial Assistance Programs Manager, will discuss the highly anticipated second round of our Accessibility Resilience Program and the latest round of our National Student Awards Program.

Closed captioning and simultaneous interpretation will be provided. Online registration is required - register here. This event is supported by Employment and Social Development Canada, and is a feature of our Virtual Access for All webinar series.

Katja Newman, NEADS Financial Assistance Programs Manager

Katja Newman is the National Educational Association of Disabled Students’ Student Awards Scholarship program manager. A resident of Halifax Nova Scotia, she is in her final year of an online Masters in Grant Writing and Program Evaluation from Concordia University Chicago. Prior to her Masters, Katja received a Bachelor's of Social Work from Carleton University and a Child & Youth Work Diploma from Georgian College. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys hiking, tandem bike riding, baking, cooking and educating audiences on the accessibility and inclusion related highs and lows that come with living life as a blind post-secondary student who navigates the world with the help of a guide dog.

More About Our Financial Assistance Programs

NEADS Student Awards Program

A national scholarship initiative established in 2007 designed to encourage full access to post-secondary education for persons with disabilities, who often face greater barriers to participation in higher education and extra costs because of their disabilities. The program is open to students with disabilities in undergraduate university, graduate university and college and cégep level programs. NEADS has provided over $524,000 in awards to more than 176 deserving disabled students across Canada in the 14 years of the program. 

The program has awarded 137 NEADS National Student Awards, 8 Christine Nieder Memorial awards, 14 Holly Bartlett Memorial Awards, 2 Canada Post Awards, 1 Campbell Mackinder Memorial Award for the visually impaired and 14 Accessible Media Inc. Sir Robert Pearson Memorial Scholarships.

Accessibility Resilience Program

A program providing relief grants to students with disabilities who were already facing immense socio-cultural and operational accessibility challenges, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding intends to address the undue hardship/barriers faced by disabled students in transitioning to online/ hybrid learning environments. As of May 2022, the Accessibility Resilience Program has awarded $193,800 of financial assistance to 124 students.

For more information:

Carly Fox (she/her/elle), Researcher and Communications Officer, National Educational Association of Disabled Students,  

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, tel. (613) 380-8065, ext. 201

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