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.


January 2018: The Call is out. Please go to the Conference 2018 tab or follow this link: https://cdssa.wordpress.com/2018-cdssa-conference/

November 2017:

Planning for the 12th annual CDSSA conference is underway. Call for abstracts is forthcoming.

October 2017:

Elections have been held and positions have been filled.

September 2017:

First meeting/elections will be held September 26th at 2:30pm in HNES 010.

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