Is there a national group that represents students with disabilities?
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is a consumer organization with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education.
The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, has an extensive web site, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members. Members include disabled students, campus organizations and accessibility committees, educators, and professional service providers. NEADS is governed by a twelve person board of directors with representatives from the provinces and territories. Board members are all students or recent graduates with disabilities. You can contact NEADS at the national office:
The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)
Rm. 426, Unicentre
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6
Telephone: (613) 380-8065
TTY: (613) 526-8008
Fax: (613) 369-4391