Today marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, an annual observance created to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities.

According to Statistics Canada, over 6 million (22%) of Canadians have a disability.1 As individuals can experience various forms of disabilities (physical or mental, health-related or congenital, short-term or long-term), it’s important to proactively remove barriers and provide accessible content and experiences wherever possible. As outlined in the Commitment to Accessibility Statement as well as the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan: Our Time, U of G strives to create an accessible campus and foster learning, working and living environments where all University community members experience an authentic sense of inclusion and belonging.

This year’s theme is “United in action to rescue and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for, with and by persons with disabilities.” It reminds us of the importance of learning from folks with lived experiences and applying an accessibility lens as we build a strong future for everyone. Join us in celebrating the contributions of persons with disabilities to our campus community, learning about the resources available to support persons with disabilities at U of G and how you can help us create an inclusive and barrier-free environment.

Disabled in the Field: Navigating Nature and Academia as a Disabled Scientist

Dec. 4, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Summerlee Science Complex Atrium

Hear from Dr. Kelsey Byers, group leader at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK, as she discusses her experience as a disabled scientist as part of the College of Biological Sciences Community Seminar Series. Byers is an evolutionary chemical ecologist and a vocal advocate for inclusion of scientists with disabilities.

Learn more about Disabled in the Field.

Launch of Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development website

The Live Work Well Research Centre‘s partnership Engendering Disability-Inclusive Development– Genre, handicap et développement inclusif (EDID-GHDI) is launching its accessible, bilingual website on December 3 as part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

This website will be an important resource for both research collaboration and knowledge mobilization, not only for the Partnership but also for others outside EDID-GHDI. Visit and explore the website to learn more about the important research being conducted on the struggles of diverse women and girls with disabilities for, and progress towards, disability-inclusive development.

Supports for students with disabilities

  • Student Accessibility Services

    At U of G, Student Accessibility Services (SAS) in Student Wellness Services is the hub where students with disabilities can get support. Read more about how SAS is recognizing the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

    Students can work individually with an SAS advisor to determine what academic accommodations they need to remove structural barriers.

    In addition, SAS provides programs to support students, including one-on-one coaching on learning strategies and support with disability-related problem solving.

  • Library Accessibility Services

    Students registered with SAS can access adaptive software and technology supports to help with reading, writing, note-taking and studying through Library Accessibility Services.

  • Experiential Learning Hub

    As students with disabilities enter the workforce, they might have questions related to their disability around when to disclose their disability, what accommodations might be available, how to approach interviews, and more. The Experiential Learning Hub has resources to help students navigate the workplace, as well as one-on-one appointments with Career Advisors to discuss strategies for success.

Supports for faculty and staff with disabilities

Resources to improve your accessibility practices

As a faculty or staff member, you play an important role in making the U of G campus accessible. Take some time to review the resources available to help you make your work fully accessible.