The Critical Disability Studies Students’ Association (CDSSA) is an organization based out of the Critical Disability Studies (CDIS) graduate program at York University. The CDSSA exists to support disability researchers, artists, and activists. Our aim is to create spaces where disability researchers, artists, and activists can connect, collaborate, and share knowledge. This site is also a place where current and incoming CDIS students can learn about the students’ association, the CDIS program, and accessing resources at York.


April 2017: We are looking to plan a conference in September. If interested email us at our new intern email address: cdssa.yorkuniversity@gmail.com. List of positions can be found at https://cdssa.wordpress.com/members-2/purpose/ . Even if you just want to help out without a title, that is great too!

June, 2016:


CDSSA Rep Aliya Esmail would like to introduce you to  a new zine:

“bad science is a radical, feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial zine. & we’re a group of (medical, public health, humanities) students who believe in something other, and more, than what the constructs of science & medicine have offered up to us. we’re keen on building a community that shares our vision of new, creative futures.”

 View their call for submissions here

January, 2016:

Recent human rights initiative by Navi Dhanota, doctoral student in Critical Disability Studies, results in fewer barriers for students hoping to access counselling and disability services at York.

Read the full story here: http://www.excal.on.ca/psychiatric-labels-get-tossed-with-new-academic-accommodations-criteria/

and here: http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/01/12/york-university-student-wins-mental-health-fight.html

Navi’s interview on CBC’s As it Happens: http://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-wednesday-edition-1.3402077/after-student-s-complaint-mental-health-gets-a-rethink-at-york-university-1.3402250


Caption: Header features a metallic relief of a city.

There is a poster towards the middle of the page for the Remembering Huronia event,  featuring photographs of the four guest speakers and the following text: May 5th, 2016, 1-3pm, HNES 140, York University. Remembering Huronia: Survivors Share Histories of Institutionalization. Accommodation requests to CDSSA@YUGSA.CA