Disabilities Awareness Week at McGill 18-22 March 2013

Poster for Disability Awareness Week

Monday March 18th

Keynote | Packing the Digital Backpack: Creating Sustainable Classrooms by James Basham

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | Nabisco Room (#620), Desautels Faculty of Management
James Basham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Special Education. Webcast Available.

Information Session: Job training and integration programs for individuals with developmental disorders

1:00 pm to  4:00 pm | 668 Sherbrooke, Room 1470-2
Two organizations, Summit School and Miriam Home and Services, will be visiting McGill in order to explore potential partnerships with McGill University. Both of these organizations offer opportunities for individuals with disabilities to gain job training and opportunities to enhance their quality of life.

Inclusion: why & how? A student perspective by Jay Jones-Doyle

2:00 pm to  3:00 pm | Brown Building, Room 5001

Money Matters: Scholarships, financial aid & access – All you need to know to boost your budget in a sustainable way

3:00 pm to  4:00 pm | Brown Building, Room 3001

Accès et développement durable: un regard critique sur la provision de service en situation de handicap au post-secondaire

17.30 à 19.00 | Salle 305, Curry Gym,
Martin Krayer von Krauss, directeur du bureau de développement durable de McGill, et Frederic Fovet, directeur du bureau de soutien aux étudiants en situation de handicap, effectueront la présentation d’ouverture et inviteront les commentaires et réflexions. Webcast disponible.
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Tuesday March 19th

Doing more with less: establishing sustainable frameworks to serve all students facing barriers

10:00 am to 12:00 pm | Room 103 (Bell Room), Rutherford Physics Building
Round table discussion for Montreal English speaking Disability service providers. Poster available.

Digital solutions workshop: making technology work for you

12:30 to 1:30 pm | Brown Building, Room 3001
A brown paper bag lunch for faculty and students interested discovering the latest in accessibility technology. Webcast available


Wednesday March 20th

Accessible and Mad Positive in the Academy

Universal Design and Graduate Supervision

10:00 am to 11:30 am | Brown Building, Room 4300
Are you a Grad Student? Registered with the OSD or facing barriers in your studies? Seeking ways to make the most of supervision? The Office for Students with Disabilities Invites you to a panel on Universal Design and Graduate supervision. Coffee and snacks will be served.

Designing Inclusion: Improving Gender-Neutrality in the Residence Admissions Process (Brown bag lunch provided)

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm | University Hall, Residence Life Office – Room 3
Please join us for a working lunch where we will learn about the principles of Universal Design, review the current process by which new students apply to Residences at McGill, and brainstorm ways to apply UD to the process to improve its accessibility. Your feedback will help us improve our first interface with students in meaningful ways for the 2013-14 admissions cycle.

Understanding Mental Illness and Fighting Stigma

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm | Sherbrooke 668, Room 1041
As part of Disabilities Awareness Week, Human Resources/Health and Wellbeing is pleased to present “Understanding Mental Illness and Fighting Stigma” with Dr. Camillo Zacchia, Psychologist – Senior advisor, Mental Health Education Office (MHEO), Douglas Institute.

According to medical experts, one in five of us will experience some form of mental illness during their lifetime, and almost all of us will be affected by it through family, friends or colleagues.  Those diagnosed with a mental health problem are frequently stigmatized and often become segregated.  Dr. Camillo Zacchia will present a brief overview of depression, anxiety and other psychiatric conditions and will discuss how public perception can be altered through an awareness of human nature and how we interact with each other.

10 Tips for Faculty: Applying Sustainable Inclusive Classroom Practices (Brown bag lunch provided)

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm | Brown Building, Room 3001

Annual Rathlyn Lecture: Accessible and Mad Positive in the Academy

5:30 to 7:00 pm | Bronfman Building, Room 423
To be delivered by Professor Kathryn Church, Director of the School of Disability Studies, Ryerson University (Public lecture). Webcast available


Thursday March 21st

Aide? Une notion à revoir. Pouvoir, privilège et la redéfinition de nos rôles de conseillers sous le modèle de la conception universelle

10:30 am to 12:00 pm | J2.7 - 38e Congrès annuel de l’AQETA, Hotel Westin Montreal
Le modèle médical a longtemps nourri la nature de nos interventions au postsecondaire dans le domaine du trouble d’apprentissage. Si le cadre théorique du processus de production du handicap (PPH) est, en grande partie, parvenu à redéfinir la nature des interventions et leur fondement, il n’en reste pas moins que bien des indices continuent de rappeler aux usagers l’évolution historique des services et l’impact qu’a encore l’approche médicale sur les pratiques professionnelles. Cette présentation tentera d’examiner la notion « d’aide » dans la provision de services aux étudiants en situation de handicap, et les non-dits qui la sous-tendent en relation au pouvoir et à la hiérarchie des rôles. On encouragera, de façon interactive, une redéfinition – au sein du modèle de conception universelle — du format de nos interactions avec les usagers, de la nature de la première rencontre, du vocabulaire utilisé et de notre positionnement professionnel et interpersonnel.

Closing the Gap: Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm | Brown Building, Room 5001
This workshop is presented in collaboration with McGill CaPS.

OSD Workshop on Universal Design in Libraries

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm | Redpath Conference Room, Redpath Library
For McGill Library Staff. Please contact Andrea Miller-Nesbitt by email for more details.

Be Empowered, Fearless and Confident: Perfecting your CV writing and Interview Skills

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm | Brown Building, Room 4300
This workshop is presented in collaboration with McGill CaPS.

Gala Opening for Regarding Disability: A film festival

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Shatner Building, SSMU Ballroom
Come celebrate the opening of Montreal’s first ever disability film festival! Many of the festival’s filmmakers, actors and organizers will be in attendance. Wine and snacks will be served. The Gala will also include performances and short films by renowned filmmaker Shira Avni. Free Admission – No reservation required.


Friday March 22nd

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation

12:00pm to 1:00 pm | Brown Building, Room 3001
This one hour session will focus on the benefits of the practice of Mindfulness Meditation and look at how this practice can be part of a balanced and sustainable lifestyle. Open to the McGill community.

10 Tips for Faculty: Applying Sustainable Inclusive Classroom Practices (Brown bag lunch provided)

12:00pm to 1:30 pm | Faculty Lounge, Macdonald-Stewart Building, Macdonald campus.

Closing Reception

3:00 pm | Office for Students with Disabilities, RS 56, Redpath Library Building
Please join us for the closing of the second annual Disabilities Awareness Week. The winner of the OSD short film competition will be announced at this time.

Opening Film of film festival: The Human Race

7:00pm | Cineplex Forum – 2313 St. Catherine Street West
Director: Paul Hough (U.S., 2013)
Running Time: 87 mins
Genre:Sci-Fi Horror


Our Partners’ Contributions

McGill Security and the McGill Fire Prevention Office have put together a series of videos on fire safety tips for students with disabilities.

Human Resources is hosting an event titled Understanding Mental Illness and Fighting Stigma.

Please read the McGill Reporter interview with our keynote speaker, James Basham. 

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