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I am currently studying education and disability studies. This course has quite simply been a revelation to me. It has transformed my thinking around disability. I want to share what I have learnt with other disabled students. I have been in higher education and trying to get a degree for nearly ten years. I have experienced both good and bad practice and I understand and appreciate what a struggle it is to be a disabled student. The reason I am doing my degree is because I want to be the change I wish to see in the world. This year I have gone on a protest against disability cuts and I am sitting on union council as a faculty rep. I am also setting up an online student community to help disabled students feel less isolated. I love to listen and advocate for disabled students. I have been involved in peer mentoring disabled students. I am solution focused. I don’t like to think of things as problems, but as something to find a solution for.
Initiate a disabled students rep system for each faculty to ensure that students have a voice on campus with any disability related academic concerns.
- Publicity and awareness campaigns to ensure that disabled students know who they are and what their rights to DSA, benefits, and disabled students support are.
- Hold workshops for everyone in the above group so that disabled students can become informed and empowered – To have/ continue to build on the disabled students blackboard so that we can communicate with each other.
- To build communication links between disabled students and the disability team through a similar style as the student rep system of semester meetings.
- To empower and activate Hallam to recognise that disability and disabled people don’t solely exist in a wheelchair and to educate them with some different perspectives on disability.
- To have a disability awareness day/ disability history day.
I want to activate and empower disabled students, I want to be the change.