This community is for any student who has a disability, including hidden disabilities like Crohn’s, Neurodivergent conditions such as autism and mental health conditions. We aim to encourage all our disabled students to use our resources, to come together and share experiences and bring positive change to disabled students’ university experience. This is your opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy events whilst making your voice heard.
This community is for any student who has a disability, including hidden disabilities like Crohn’s, Neurodivergent conditions such as autism and mental health conditions. We aim to encourage all our disabled students to use our resources, to come together and share experiences and bring positive change to disabled students’ university experience. This is your opportunity to meet like-minded people and enjoy events whilst making your voice heard. Discover useful resources, support and how to get involved below.
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The Disabled Students Community Engagement Lead is responsible for representing all students within the Disabled Students Community. The Community Engagement Lead represents the Community at the Communities Executive and is a key stakeholder in Disability Awareness Month. They help to run activities and deliver campaigns on issues affecting the Disabled Student Community.
This role is currently vacant. If you would like to apply, please click here.
Every year we commit to celebrating and promoting Disability History Month. If you would like to get involved with the planning or suggest ideas for the next Disability History Month (16th November to 16th December 2023), please contact the Disabled Students Community Engagement Lead or email email@example.com.
If you have an idea for an event or activity you would like the community to host, we can offer funding and resource to support this. Please fill out this form with your idea, and we will be in touch.
Please check back here in the future for more information on previously run campaigns. If you have an idea for a future campaign, we would love to hear from you! Fill out this form, and we will be in touch to get your idea in motion.
Adopt the Friendly Faces Society to help raise awareness and become part of an inclusive community that works towards making a change across the campus and beyond.
Mind’s Guide to Learning Disability support
Autism Radio UK Autism Radio UK - was established to remove barriers of social communication for people with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. It broadcasts music, interviews, talks, competitions and topics about Autism related issues. You can listen to the station live from their website.
Disability Direct is a directory of disability groups (charities and voluntary organisations), companies and service providers from all around the UK providing support and resources to disabled people. It also includes disability news, articles and events.
UCAS’ Disabled Students page - This is designed to take students through the entire university process, so begins with information about applications, but further down the page they have all the information you will need about applying for DSA (Disabled Students Allowance), support with transitions and Fitness to Practice info to keep you informed of your rights.
Disability Rights - UK publishes a comprehensive guide to applying to higher education, and getting support – Read Into Higher Education
Diversity and Ability - is an organisation that works to improve inclusivity. Check out their guide to free resources to support disabled and neurodiverse students. We also recommend you read their DSA: Find your way page.
The National Association of Disability Practitioners - (NADP) works with professionals who support disabled students in post-16 education. Read their blog article, "Working for a successful student journey for disabled students" , which explains who to contact at your university or college, and how a disability adviser can support you through your journey to uni.
For a student’s own experience with mental health related conditions at university, read Zoe’s story.
Ability Net - helps disabled people access and use technology, and offers free advice and resources — how they can help you and what support you may be eligible for.
Student Minds and UMHAN - have created three joint blogs: Disclosing a mental health difficulty on your UCAS application, The benefits of disclosing a mental health difficulty, and Disclosing a mental health difficulty: your rights.
Your Advice - Your Students Union offers free, independent, and confidential advice to all students. Find out more about Your Advice here.
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