Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Q. What kind of job or career does the Master's in Disability Studies lead to?
    A. This new program is truly interdisciplinary in nature. As proponents of this program, we have made contact with all faculties at the University of Manitoba, and are in the process of developing a listing of suggested elective courses, which cover a huge variety of specialties. Some career options for a graduate holding a Master's Degree (either M.A. or M.Sc.) in Disability Studies could include:

    General aspects:

    • Teacher at the community college level, for instance in a developmental service worker program, or a rehabilitation program or Disability Studies
    • Consultant for Disability Service Organizations, including International, national and provincial branches - for example, Canadian Paraplegic Association, DASH, CNIB, etc.
    • Civil Servant in Federal or Provincial Disability Service Agencies and networks, such as the Disability Issues office
    • Policy Makers for Federal or Provincial Disability Standards, or perhaps as an Accessibility or Safety Officer for different levels of government or large corporations
    • Workman's Compensation Board, War Amps, Human Resource Departments of larger companies, Life or Auto Insurance Companies may require services of a Disability Officer or Disability Rights Officer.
    • Professor in Community Health sciences department
    • Research Facilitator in a faculty of Social Work

    Enhancement of Other Professions:

    >Design options through architecture or environmental planning Legal services - lawyers have a need to be familiar with disability claims resulting from environmental, medical, pharmaceutical, motor vehicle and industrial accidents, etc.

    Educational Aspects:

    as a teacher, to include and accommodate children with disabilities To aid in understanding and refining existing clinical skills for those in the medical field, e.g. nurses, physicians, and therapistsTo provide understanding for those involved in home care, long term or geriatric care facilities To provide insight and understanding for those involved in the humanities, for example, Social Workers, art or music therapists, etc.

    Scientific Aspects:

    (for example, thalidomide) or working on remedial action through use of robotic aids, etc.

    While the Master's Program in Disability Studies is not a clinical program, holding either an M.A. or M.Sc. in Disability Studies will enhance your knowledge and understanding of disability issues, no matter where your career path takes you.

  • Q. How do I apply to the program?
    A. Go to the New students section of this web site which provides all of the admition requirements as well as forms necessary for application. You will need both an application form (graduate studies form) and the Disability Studies Supplementary forms.
  • Q. Where Do I find information about housing on campus?
    A. Housing information can be found at University of Manitoba: Student Affairs - Housing & Student Life.
  • Q. If I am an International Student, Who could assist in my experience at the Universityy of Manitoba?
    A. The University of Manitoba International Centre for Students (ICS) for further information.
  • Q. Who do I contact if I have any questions concerning Disability Studies?
    A. The office assistant, Tanis Woodland, is available at (204) 474-7017 or e-mail disability_studies@umanitoba.ca
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