Faculty Disability Caucus

The Faculty Disability Caucus (known more generally as the Disability Caucus) formed in 2004 following a series of discussions among faculty members with a disability about their experiences at UVic. There was agreement that UVic needed and wanted a peer-support network, information-sharing forum, and an advocacy group for faculty members, sessional instructors and librarians dealing with issues about disability, chronic illness, and disabling conditions. Over the years the scope of Caucus activities has widened to include extensive input into policy discussions about disability, human rights, equity, and disability education.

One of the successes for disability rights for faculty members and librarians that the Faculty Disability Caucus has participated in is the establishment of the Faculty Disability Advocate, located in the Faculty Association. Dr Victoria Wyatt (vwyatt@finearts.uvic.ca) has taken up this position. She is available for advice, support, and advocacy for individual Faculty Association members on workplace issues related to sick leave, long-term disability, return to work programs, and accommodation plans.

The Caucus is still a place where individuals can go to for advice in accessing institutional resources for various types of accommodation strategies and plans. The Caucus is also interested in working with individuals in developing accessible work environments – physically and socially.

For more information, assistance, becoming an active member or participating in some of the activities. please the Disability Caucus Chair: Pamela Moss (pamelam@uvic.ca)

If you are interested in being on the Disability Caucus Discussion List, please contact the List Administrator, Pamela Moss (pamelam@uvic.ca). (In light of privacy issues and concerns about disclosure in the workplace, membership on the Discussion List is not made public. Only the List Administrator has access to the list of emails on the distribution list.)

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