Mohamed Behi joins the NEADS Board of Directors

Ottawa, July 26, 2018 -

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) – board and staff – welcomes Mohamed Behi to our team. Mohamed, who is a student at the University of Winnipeg, has been appointed as a new Director at Large on the NEADS board of directors.

Mohamed brings a wealth of experience to NEADS. He has an extensive record of volunteering and leadership in serving the disabled students’ community on his campus and in the province of Manitoba. Mohamed is the Accessibility Director on the University of Winnipeg Students’ Union. It was through Mohamed’s initiative, working with students with disabilities and the students’ union, that the Access Lounge was created at the university: “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/ neuro-divergent students.”    Mohamed also co-founded the University of Winnipeg Student Access group (UWSAccess).

Not only is Mohamed an advocate at the University of Winnipeg, he has also been involved – along with Alan Bridgeman, NEADS’ Manitoba Director/Secretary – in developing Accessibility Directors Association of Manitoba (ADAM) – that Mohamed describes as “an intra-provincial network that aspires to create a well-connected and supported community of accessibility student representatives throughout Manitoba’s universities and colleges.” An interest in stimulating discussion and providing an open-market place for ideas on campus, led Mohamed to organize TED talks at the university for TEDx University of Winnipeg 2017.

Roxana Jahani Aval, NEADS’ Acting Chair/Ontario Director and Secretary of the Council of Canadians With Disabilities welcomes Mohamed to our board of directors: "We're very excited to have Mohamed on our board! His knowledge, experience, and network will bring a wealth of insight into our movement. Our community should expect great things from him."

Alan Bridgeman says of Mohamed: "Having worked with Mohamed on numerous occasions, on a diverse set of initiatives here in Manitoba, I've found his insights, tenaciousness of the importance of accessibility and ingenuity in creating accessibility related solutions invaluable. I'm so glad that someone so talented has agreed to be a part of our board and look forward to the great amount of value Mohamed can bring to NEADS."

For further information contact the NEADS office:
National Educational Association of Disabled Students
Rm. 514, Unicentre
1125 Colonel By Drive
Carleton University
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada,  tel: (613) 380-8065, ext. 201