The University of Winnipeg Students Association launches The Access Lounge
The University of Winnipeg Students' Association (UWSA) has launched an accessible study and community building space available for students with disabilities/disabled students to access. The lounge has accessible study spaces and supports community building within the disabled community. The center shows the reprioritization of resources to support grassroots disability activism. The center also is home to UWSAccess, a Disability Justice group run for and by students with disabilities.
The Access Lounge is a space on campus dedicated to students who are disabled by barriers. This space is for those students to study, hang out or complete course work.
Location: Mezzanine Level, Bulman Student Centre
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Access Lounge was initiated by the Accessibility Director, Mohamed Behi, in the 2016/17 year. Mohamed worked with the board of directors, executive team and UWSA along with U of W staff to develop a consultation process for students to give their input. Today, the Access Lounge reflects the needs and wants from students who gave their input during our consultations sessions or through our online survey.
UWSAccess is a new student group working to bring together, advocate for and support students with disabilities/disabled students/mad students/students who are mentally ill/ neurodivergent students. Students who experience any form of disability are welcome to join. Email Vice-President External Affairs Megan Linton at firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook group!
The Access Lounge is an evolving space. We want the space to reflect the needs and wants of whoever uses it. You can share your feedback with us by filling out our online survey, emailing email@example.com or by stopping by the UWSA General Office.