Our Time To Swim: The Future of Disability Support Services at Ryerson
As more and more students across Ontario enter university with identified disabilities, Ryerson must rise to the ethical, moral, and legal challenge of supporting all students to achieve academic success and engagement. Academic Accommodation Support (AAS)—Ryerson’s disability support office—presents Our Time To Swim, a week-long series about why disability support is so important—from legal, ethical, and moral standpoints—and looks to the future of disability support here at Ryerson.
In this series, get inside the high-stakes, rewarding work of making Ryerson education accessible to all students; learn more about the landscape of disability service provision in postsecondary education in Ontario; hear from AAS staff about the day to day, felt-experience of working with students who have complex needs, and hear from one of those students about her story of success; finally, join us in looking to the future and how AAS and Ryerson University can be leaders in transformative disability support services in Ontario and across Canada.
February 27, 2017
Join Christina Halliday, director of Student Learning Support, as she introduces Our Time To Swim and the crux moment that AAS faces in enabling student engagement and success through exceptional experiences.
February 28, 2017
Learn about the roots of disability services, embedded in a pedagogical anti-oppression, social justice framework, designed to support students “as they transition into, through, and out of post-secondary education”.
March 1, 2017
As the risk of staff burnout in this high-touch, high-need environment rises, understand the larger context of what’s going on in disability services across Ontario and the impact this has on Ryerson staff, students, and faculty.
March 1, 2017
Michelle, a student, share’s her powerful story about finding academic success through her time with AAS: “It has been a lot of hard work, and there have been more than a few tears shed, but I am so proud of myself and thankful to the AAS team for helping me to get to where I am today.”
March 2, 2017
Through a series of interviews with twenty experts on and off campus, Turning the Tide is a curated “what if?” story about big dreams regarding what disability services could be on Ryerson campus, what it should be, and how we can get there.
March 3, 2017
Join Marc Emond, Acting Assistant Director, Academic Accommodation and Learning, as he pitches a model for how AAS functions on campus, one that supports student success and establishes Ryerson University as a leader in postsecondary disability services in Canada.