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					                                    SCHOOL OF DISABILITY STUDIES

This guide includes:

   A letter by Seija Korpela after taking DST 501, 2009
   How to Activate Ryerson Matrix Email and How to Register on line through RAMSS
   List of Teachables for Teacher’s College
   Supports and Services for Students
   Access Centre
   Student Computing, website and important numbers
   Academic Tracking Form
   Academic plan to complete the degree- Fall, Spring admission

Disability Studies Awards: For complete list of Awards and details on how to apply go to and click on Awards.

Student I.D. CARD: There are three ways to apply in advance for your ONE CARD. Apply on line,
mail in or in person at the One Card Office located in Jorgenson Hall, Lower Ground Flr. (JOR02). For
more details and information please visit or contact

Library Cards/Barcodes: Go to or email

Prerequisites: Students are responsible to make sure they have the prerequisites before registering for
any courses. Department of Psychology requires students to have specific prerequisites prior to
registering for any PSY courses. Please contact the Psychology Department Lisa Vuong at 416-979-
5000 x6193 for approval.

Bookstore Order Form: Information will be posted on our website and in
Disability Studies Café-Discussion Board at a later date. You will be informed via email
once the information is available.


   Once registered for a course it is the student’s responsibility to drop that course by the proper
    deadlines. Failure to do so will result in academic and financial penalty.

   Grade of C- or lower in DST501, DST502, DST725 and DST99A/B will result in a Probationary
    standing. A second consecutive C- in any of these courses will result in the students being Required
    to Withdraw from their program.

   Students with Probationary standing (CGPA of 1.00-1.99) will have to meet with their program
    department and sign a Probationary contract in order to be eligible to continue their studies.
    Failure to meet the terms of their Probationary contract will result in the student’s being Required to
    Withdraw from their program.
   Students will be Required to Withdraw from their program if their CGPA is below 1.00; or Both a
    term GPA and CGPA is below 2.00 while on probation; or Violation of a Probationary Contract.

   For more information on ACADEMIC STANDINGS please go to

NOTE: We recommend students entering the program to start with one course in their first semester and
in the following semester decide whether they can handle more or the same. Keep in mind that if you
register for DST501 which is the first core course and a prerequisite for all other DST core courses
(including PHL507 and SOC525) you will receive an email around June informing you of the course
materials and prepping you will need to do prior to attending the course on campus.
DST501 is a prerequisite for all other DST Core Required courses. You have to successfully complete
this course first before you can register for any other REQUIRED (DST) Courses this includes PHL507
and SOC525).

Letter by Seija Korpela, 2009


I find the words transition and acclimatizing to the Disability Studies program very interesting. I have
just completed DST 501 and my personal experiences included excitement with an equally powerful
discomforting/unsettling feeling.

My personal experiences include working with a community living agency for 22 years and currently as
a college professor in the DSW program for the past 5 years. DST 501 ended up validating what I had
felt were some of the “wrongs” within the sector. Although at that time I didn’t have the knowledge
base to put the language and theory to work, I see that my ideas were on the right track. With only one
course under my belt, and many ideas on how to incorporate changes into our DSW program, I am
thrilled to be continuing. If this single course can create such a powerful personal “will” and “duty” to
make change, I can only imagine what lies ahead with all of the other courses.

The initial post questions the challenges around the shift from community college to Disability Studies.
One of the “biggest” changes I (we) are going to make in our DSW program surrounds “critical
thinking” and “critical self analysis”. Although, this is a part of our vocational standards and this is
being currently met, I believe that I can do a much better job with our students in this area. These two
skills need to be embedded in every single course that they take. I have already begun re-writing course
outlines to better meet these two needs for the fall 2010 semester, and am trying a new delivery system
for this winter semester. I personally feel that critical thinking and critical self analysis are “key” for a
successful transition into the Disability Studies program.

As a DSW graduate, the past and current theories taught are all based on abnormal psychology.
Abnormal psychology = medical model. Unless your eyes and mind have been opened to the disability
perspective as DST 501 so effectively has done, the odds of effecting change diminishes immensely.
For those of us who have been around awhile, there are many subtle and larger changes that can be
made. For those who are relatively new to the field, you have an incredible opportunity to “share” and
“do” at the frontline level. I believe I read on the DST website that DST 501 is a cornerstone for all
other courses. Once you have successfully completed this course, it provides you with the “cornerstone”
in which to begin making changes in the agency you work for and for the people you work for. If this
doesn’t recharge your batteries, or kick start you into doing more by empowering you then I’m afraid
that you’ve missed something. This course is very, very powerful.

One of the biggest personal and emotional challenges for me was to accept that I have been oppressive
and that I am still oppressive. This one characteristic of your being has huge ramifications when you are
working in this field. It isn’t productive to beat yourself up over things that you may have done in the
past, however, it is productive and prudent of you to question your motives when you are working in the
present. You can’t begin to change your “self” until you accept and recognize this within yourself.
Another challenge for me was in regards to personal “baggage”. I hate the word, “baggage” so I will
call it “carry- on luggage.” We have victimized or been victimized albeit at varying levels. Regardless
of the level or type, your “carry-on luggage” will open. You can choose to “close” it again, or “let it all
out”. I’m not intimating that you need to publicly share, however you will find this “discomfort”
somewhere along the line, and that told me to “deal” with it, so that I can move on. I found DST 501 to
be a very personal and rewarding journey. The support I received from my professor was positive,
encouraging and motivating. You do not have to walk the walk alone.
My views and attitudes towards “disability” have changed a great deal. I have practiced and taught the
traditional message. Look at the persons strengths, we need to focus on the positive, ensure social
inclusion, normalization etc. are maintained or put into place, however, we do need to take into
consideration their limitations as well. In retrospect, that “however” has always been there. I have
poured through the case studies used at the college. To my surprise, they all speak to what the person is
not able to do. Since September, I have not found one case study that does not speak to the “deficits” of
a person. The problem is that the materials at our disposal for teaching highlight the “not able” part of
the person way too much. I thought about my first weekend at Ryerson, and we all introduced ourselves
and gave a brief overview of ourselves. I find it amusing that no one spoke to their strengths or
limitations, but that is how we talk about persons with developmental disabilities. In fact the only
discussions regarding strengths or limitations had to do with the grades we received for work completed
amongst each other. This is intriguing for me, as it can create a hierarchy within the class and can create
an opportunity to marginalize those with lower marks. The similarities between the abled and disabled
in terms of how we oppress and marginalize people are what have stood out the most for me. There are
far more similarities between the two than differences. This makes the defining of disability very
murky. We are all human, we are all the same, and we all have our own “uniqueness”.

I really enjoyed the three weekends at Ryerson. They are jam packed and full of “learning”. It is the
ultimate learning experience. It also provides you the opportunity to meet and develop new
contacts/friendships, to meet face to face with your professor, to meet previous grads, and other
professors within the Disability Studies program. It is definitely a win-win situation.
For any future students interested in the Disability Studies program my message for them would be:

   1) If you want to make a difference – immediate and future – this is for you!
   2) If you feel that what you are experiencing out in the field isn’t “enough” or are disillusioned,
       then you should take the Disability Studies program.
   3) If you care about equality and the human side of disability then this is the program for you.
   4) This course allows you to work in a multitude of settings: community living, education, ministry
       etc. Just think the more of us out there; the sooner we will see the changes which need to occur.
   5) The professors at Ryerson are grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!
   6) You will have an alumni support network to access after graduation.
   7) I feel that this course will provide you with better advancement opportunities than traditional
       undergraduate programs.
   8) You will be taught by the leading minds and researchers in disability studies.
   9) You will hopefully be an advocate extraordinaire.
   10) Ryerson is student friendly.

I feel that the transition into Disability Studies is largely dependent on one’s willingness to put forth the
effort it requires and demands. There is a lot of reading to do, there is the learning of theoretical
perspectives, and the completing of the required evaluative components. You will get out of DST 501
what you put into it. In terms of acclimatizing to Disability Studies, the more open minded you are, the
more accepting you are of other people’s perspectives and views the easier it becomes and you’ll then
feel yourself start to change.

As I mentioned earlier, I have only completed DST 501. I cannot think of a single thing to change
about this course, nor can I think of something I didn’t particularly like. You’ll have to take this course
to experience the effect it will have on you. Trust me, it is worth it!
                              Ryerson Matrix Email and RAMSS

How to activate your Ryerson Matrix Email

Ryerson Email Account (, you will need your Student Number

Ryerson’s policy requires all students to have a Ryerson E-Mail account.
This will be an official means by which you will receive University communications.
You also need this account activated in order to register for courses online (RAMSS) and to access your
internet courses through Blackboard.

To ensure you check your account regularly you can forward your other account to, here is

Start with your Matrix ( account,
After you log in go to “options” click on “settings”
At the bottom of the list is “mail forwarding”
Enter the email address you want your mail to go to (e.g.

If you want to forward to more than one address enter each on its own line

Click on “Save changes”


How to Register using RAMSS

Register for Courses on RAMSS
Sign on and access RAMSS
Log in using your matrix ID and password
View your Enrollment Appointment- your access dates ad times for Course Selection
View the Program Offering
Select Courses- add, drop and swap a class

If you are having trouble registering, receive an error message or require help on
how to perform your course enrollment, please contact or email
                                  LIST OF TEACHABLES

List of professionally related (PR) and liberal studies (LS) courses within the Disability Studies
curriculum considered to be teachable by Teachers’ College.

Please always check with the Teacher’s College you are planning to attend before selecting your
courses. Each faculty’s requirements and recommendations may differ in terms of the number of
courses or subject area to focus.

Professionally Related Electives- (Group B to E)

CINT907- Team Work for Community Services (B)
CINT920- Community Collaborations (B)
CCYC602- Children’s Rights (D)
CPSY302- Child Development (D)
CINP901- Developing Effective Organizations (E)
CINP911- Advocacy and Governmental Relations (E)

Lower Level Liberal Studies

CPHL406- Contemporary Moral Issues II
CPHL333- Philosophy of Human Nature
CPHL306 Contemporary Moral Issues I
CPHL214 Critical Thinking
CPSY308- Psychology of Thinking
CPSY304- Psychology of Gender

Upper Level Liberal Studies

CPSY807- Psychology of Prejudice
CPOL501- Women, Power and Politics
CPHL808- Language and Philosophy
CPHL611- Philosophy of Mind
CPHL550- Knowledge, Truth and Belief
CCRM601- Violence in Society

Students in the past have taken and used History, French or Spanish as their requirement for teachable
subject depending on the Teacher’s College they are applying to and the division (Primary, Junior,
Intermediate) they are interested in.

Those students wishing to study French or Spanish there is a placement test which will be available
online during the Registration period at or

Students who have never taken French or Spanish before at Ryerson are required to bring a copy of their
placement test results, sent to them by e-mail, to their first class.

Students who have already taken language courses at Ryerson may continue to the next level. If you
have any questions regarding which level is appropriate for you, or if you are having difficulties
registering on line please contact the department at 416-979-5110 or Teresa Lee at 416-979-5000 x6132.
                             Supports and Services for Students

Learning Skills Strategist
Reed Hilton-Eddy, M.Ed., CCC

Office 1: SHE 622
Office 2: VIC B-24 (Thursday and Friday Mornings only)

416-979-5000 ext. 7797

Centre for Student Development and Counselling

Learning Success Centre

Student Financial Assistance

Writing Centre
                             Student Services – Access Centre

Prospective Students

Registering with the Access Centre
For academic accommodations please contact the Access Centre prior to starting classes at Ryerson.
You can call the Front Desk at 416-979-5290 or you can send an email to

A registration appointment with a disability counsellor will be scheduled for you so that academic
accommodations can be arranged. Students are assigned a counsellor who will provide individualized
accommodation support throughout the year.

Please remember to bring appropriate documentation regarding your disability to your appointment. See
documentation requirements.

To make arrangements for academic accommodations for a test, interview, portfolio or written
statement, new applicants should send medical documentation to the Access Centre (see documentation
requirements) as well as the following signed consent form.

Current Students

Re-registering with the Access Centre
Unless otherwise specified by your counsellor, your registration at the Access Centre will expire on
April 30th each year. Should you require accommodations after this date, you will need to meet with
your counsellor to have your registration renewed.

Students taking spring/summer courses should contact the Access Centre in April to set up an
appointment for re-registration.

Students returning to Ryerson in the fall, please contact Access Centre in July or August to set up an
appointment for re-registration. You can reach the front desk by calling 416-979-5290 or by email at

Your counsellor may request that you to submit updated medical documentation from your physician in
order to support your re-registration with the Access Centre. If you counsellor does so, please take a
copy of the Disability Medical Documentation Form to your doctor and submit it at your re-registration
meeting. Disability Medical Documentation Form
Access Centre Student Handbook
This handbook will tell you all that you need to know about the Access Centre! To request a print
version of this document, or other alternate format, please contact the front desk. Access Centre Student

Online To Success
This program is designed for students who have learning disabilities and is aimed at helping students to
prepare for post-secondary education. The program is comprised of a series of training modules that are
completed by students online. Students will learn a variety of valuable skills including self-advocacy,
learning strategies and coping skills. Our next program will run in the summer of 2009.

Contact Michelle Haywood for more details:
416-979-5000 ext. 2173 or

Contact Us
Front Desk
       Phone: 416-979-5290
       Fax: 416-979-5094
       TDD/TTY: 416-979-5274

Office Hours

       Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Mailing Address

       Access Centre Ryerson University
       350 Victoria Street, Office POD 61,
       Toronto, Ontario M5B 2K3

For more details and information regarding resources, financial assistance, services please check out the
website listed above.
               Student Computing, website and important numbers

Student Computing:

Wireless Connection On Campus
FREE wireless for students with laptops. Go to

Wireless Printing
Wirelessly print documents from your laptop to a Ryerson lab print release station. Paper charge
applicable. After connecting to the wireless network, go to

Need a Laptop or a Desktop?
For those students who might be interested, we have negotiated with Apple and Dell an exclusive
discounted pricing for laptops, desktops, software and peripherals. This is an optional program.
Go to and see "Ryerson University Educational Discounts" box.
Dell notebooks have a 4 year warranty covering accidental damage
Apple MACs have a 3 year optional warranty

Important Numbers
Faculty and Staff:
Melanie Panitch, Program Director    ext. 6128
Kathryn Church                       ext. 4592
Catherine Frazee                     ext. 4591
Esther Ignagni                       ext. 4286
Paris Master-McRae, Assistant        ext. 7037

Cameron Crawford      Distance
David Reville         ext. 4811
Charles Silverman     Distance
                               School of Disability Studies
                                    Bachelor of Arts Degree

   ACADEMIC TRACKING FORM (To keep track of what you have and what you need to graduate).

  Required Professional         Professionally                              Liberal Studies
                                                    Related Electives
        Courses                Related Required                                Electives
    (8 Courses/10 Semesters)       (2 Courses)       (Group B – E)             (1-LL, 3-UL)
                                                         7 Courses

          DST 501                 PHL 507
                                                      Group B (2)
         Rethinking               Ethics and                               Lower Level (1)
         Disability               Disability

                                  SOC 525
         DST 502
                               Media, and Images                           Upper Level (3)
  Disability and the State
                                 of Inequality

        DST 613
                                                      Group C (1)
      Strategies for
   Community Building

       DST 614
  Community Access and                                Group D (3)

         DST 725
  Politics and Practice of
  DST 726    DST727
 Leadership Leadership
 in Human for Social
  Services    Action
      DST 88A/B
                                                      Group E (1)
    Research Methods

     *DST 99A/B
   Applied Community

 Note: Students without two years relevant work experience are also required to take
 DT 080 Practicum in Disability Studies.
 *Note: DST 99A/B is the last Required course to complete after you have completed all
 other requirements for the degree or at the discretion of the Director – Melanie Panitch
 Students have a choice with the Leadership course either DST726 which focuses on
 Human Services or DST727 which focuses on Social Action.

To access your academic records online go to

If you require assistance or have any questions please contact Paris Master-McRae at or by telephone at 416-979-5000 x7037.
                            Disability Studies Course Planning

Students starting in SPRING with DST501

 Years             Spring                        Fall                             Winter
                                      DST502                           DST725
 Year 1      DST 501                                                                 PHL507
                                      2 PR                             PHL507
                                                                                     1 LL Lib
             DST613 July              DST614          DST614           DST88A
 Year 2                                                                                SOC525
             2 PR                     2 PR            3 PR             SOC525
                                                                                       1 LL Lib

             DST88B                                                    DST99A/B
                        DST88B        DST99A/B                                         DST99A/B
 Year 3      DST726                                                    1 LL Lib
                        DST726        2 UL Liberals                                    1 UL Lib
             1 PR                                                      1 UL Lib

    Option-pick one
Please note Spring/Summer (May-June/July-August) is a shorter semester.


Students starting in SPRING with DST501

    Years              Spring                           Fall                       Winter

                                       DST502                                 DST725
    Year 1        DST501
                                       1 PR Electives (B)                     SOC525

                                       DST614               DST614
                  DST613                                                      PHL507
    Year 2                             2 PR Electives       1 PR Elective
                  1 PR Elective (E)                                           1 UL Liberal
                                       (B, D)               (D)

                  DST726               2 PR Electives        3 PR Electives   DST88
    Year 3
                  1 PR Elective (C)    (D, D)               (B, D, D)         1 UL Liberal

                  DST88                DST99
    Year 4                                                                    DST99
                  1 UL Liberal         1 LL Liberal

    Option-pick one
Please note Spring/Summer (May-June/July-August) is a shorter semester.
                             Disability Studies Course Planning

Students starting in FALL with DST501

   Years              Fall                        Winter                     Spring
                                   DST725                             DST613
  Year 1      DST 501
                                   2 PR Electives (B)                 1 PR Electives (E)

                                   PHL507              PHL507         DST726/727
  Year 2      1 PR Elective (D)
                                   1 UL Liberal        SOC525         1 PR Liberal (C)
              1 UL Liberal

              DST614               DST88A              DST88A         DST88B
  Year 3
              2 PR Elective (D)    SOC525              1 UL Liberal   1 LL Liberal

              DST99A                                                         SPRING
  Year 4                           DST99B
              1 UL Liberal                                                CONVOCATION

    Option-pick one
Please note Spring/Summer (May-June/July-August) is a shorter semester.


Students starting in FALL with DST501

   Years              Fall                        Winter                     Spring
                                   DST725                             DST613
  Year 1      DST 501
                                   1 PR Elective (B)                  1 PR Elective (C)

              DST502               PHL507                             DST726/727
  Year 2
              1 UL Liberal         1 UL Liberal                       1 PR Elective (D)

              DST614               SOC525                             1 UL Liberal
  Year 3
              1 PR Elective (D)    1 PR Elective (D)                  1 LL Liberal

              1 PR Elective (B)
  Year 4                           DST88A                             DST88B
              1 PR Elective (E)
  Year 5      DST99A               DST99B

Please note Spring/Summer (May-June/July-August) is a shorter semester.

Note: Students admitted in the Fall cannot complete their BA in less than 4 years.

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