We are working for change through four methods
We run initiatives such as information campaigns, protests and petitions to raise awareness of issues of accessibility in higher education among the general public and in targeted demographics such as students, parents and families, and university staff.
We support disabled students and disability networks at different universities to come together, spread awareness and organise resistance. Because being a disabled student can be exhausting and isolating, so we have created social spaces which are designed to be restful, positive places where disabled students can connect with one another.
3. Complaints Collective
We give guidance and peer support to individual students in navigating bureaucratic university complaint procedures.
We lobby the government and regulatory bodies for the enforcement of the Equality Act (2010) for students in higher education.
We believe that we can best achieve change by attacking the problem from different angles simultaneously. It is important that our movement builds from the bottom up in the sense that disabled students themselves know best what they need, and we are strongest when many of us are working together. At the same time, we see the importance of working top-down, targeting key bodies and decision-makers and making it impossible for them not to see the problem.
So far we have achieved the following:
- Launched a Facebook group for struggling students, providing much needed advice and support.
- Created guidance for disabled students on the COVID-19 situation.
- Set up a collaboration with the student newspaper Tabou which will be releasing articles on this topic in September.
- Set up a collaboration with several student groups to effect change within universities complaints and investigations processes.
- Set up a collaboration with the disabled-people led organisation ALLFIE to gain insight into disability activism and disability law.
- Launched a Discord discord server and regular socials for disabled students to get to know each other.
- Launched a Facebook group, website and a Twitter page to spread our message and make connections.
- Created a mission statement and established our organisational structure.
In the coming months we are planning the following projects:
- Creating a space for disabled students to learn from each other and get to know each other
- Lobbying the OfS to intervene in the case of on any university that does not account for its disabled students in its COVID response.
- Writing articles, blogs, and opinion pieces
- Collating and sharing disability wisdom.
- Participating in a study on student disability activism.
- Creating a report specifying how university oversight should be improved.
- Creating comprehensive complaints guidance for disabled students.
- Launching an awareness- raising campaign in September
- Creating a survey investigating disabled students’ experiences