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The Complexities of Navigating a New Academic Year for Disabled Students Where to Begin?

Join the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) on August 17th 2023 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm ET via Zoom for a back-to-school workshop facilitated by NEADS’ Research Consultants Chloée Godin-Jacques and Elizabeth Mohler!

A new academic year often generates additional labor for undergraduate and graduate disabled students who must, once again, advocate for their needs so that they meaningfully participate alongside their non-disabled peers – both within the classroom setting and beyond. Chloée C. Godin-Jacques and Elizabeth Mohler will share their learned knowledge and lived experience – specifically pertaining to navigating transition periods between secondary school and undergraduate studies, and then between undergraduate school and graduate studies.

Topics addressed throughout this workshop will include, but not limited to, negotiating accommodations with accessibility services, engaging with disabled students’ groups, as well as navigating self-care.

Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Registration is required – please register here. This event is a feature of our Virtual Access for All webinar series, which is generously supported by Employment and Social Development Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program. For further information and/or to discuss access needs, please contact Chloée C. Godin-Jacques, workshop co-facilitator, at chloee.godinjacques@neads.ca

Meet the Facilitators

Chloée C. Godin-Jacques (she/they | elle/iel)

Chloée Catherine (she/they) is a white settler disabled queer person. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Education at Western University. Chloée is an activist and strives to generate awareness about accessibility, disability, and intersectionality and dismantle preconceived notions by sharing her own diverse lived experiences through the means of blog posts and social media posts. She is also a Lead Consultant at Chloée Catherine Consulting, where she supports businesses and other organizations to further foster inclusive spaces for disabled persons. Chloée’s personal and professional interests lie within the realms of accessibility, activism, community-building, disability, higher education, intersectionality, and sexuality. You can follow Chloée’s journey via @chloeecatherine (on Instagram) and chloeecatherine.com

Elizabeth Mohler (she/her | elle)

Elizabeth Mohler currently works for NEADS as a Research Consultant, where she leads the Virtual Access for All Project and writes its quarterly publication, State of the Schools. She also works for Left Turn Right Turn as an accessibility specialist; sits on the Canadian Institute for Health Research external advisory committee on systemic ableism and accessibility; and, is an experienced presenter, keynote speaker, lecturer, and published writer. Elizabeth is currently a doctoral candidate at Western University in the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Program. Her work explores how discourses and practices within Direct Funding shape how disabled persons access services, and in what ways service users resist and negotiate these discourses. Follow Elizabeth’s work at: www.elizabethmohler.ca

About NEADS’ Virtual Access for All Project

NEADS' Virtual Access for All Project provides awareness and educational support for disabled students transitioning into higher education. Resources pertaining to accessibility and accommodation are provided through our quarterly State of the Schools reports. Our webinar series addresses topics such as self-advocacy, accessing accommodations at work and school, and transitioning into the workforce. Further, financial support is available through NEADS' Student Awards Program and Accessibility Resilience Program. Virtual Access for All is generously supported by Employment and Social Development Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (Goal Getters) – and a two-year extension has recently been granted for this project.

Chloée C. Godin-Jacques, M.A (she/they | elle/iel), Education & Research Consultant | Consultante en éducation et recherche, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

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