Students with Disabilities Campaign

The Students with Disabilities Campaign brings together all students across our campuses that identify as being a student with a disability.

This page will:

- Keep you up to date with relevant news from your Liberation Officer

 - Ensure there is a comfortable and fully inclusive environment in which students with disabilities can prosper without fear of discrimination

- Provide updates on Campaign points, social activities and representation for the members 


Your SU Students with Disabilities

Fiona Waters

 

Hi I'm Fiona, your Students With Disabilities officer for this year. I want to help UOS be an accessible, empowering and equality driven University for all current and new students!

I'm an English Student
Favourite Film: The Green Mile and Richard III (1955)
Favourite Food: Chinese
Favourite Quote “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” - Aesop

 

If you want to speak to me you will find me around campus (I will have an Orange SU lanyard, and might even be in my Student Officer Hoody), OR you can get into contact with me via the Typeform below

 


 

Here is what I will be working on this year:

1) Create a network of Students with Disabilities

2) Make sure that students who have disability-related extenuating circumstances feel acknowledged and supported by their course teams 

 

Here is the manifesto that I won my election on:

Hello Everyone!

I’m Fiona, a BA English student at UOS, and I would love to be the Students with Disabilities Officer for the next year.

I was elected for the post last semester, and I really hope to be re-elected as there is so much I still want to do to help students with any disability, or physical/mental health condition at the university. I’ve only had a couple of months in the post, so please consider voting for me so I can continue to be involved in supporting you all to have your voices heard.

Who am I?

I am 20-year-old Ipswich local and I’ve been interested in advocacy for people with disabilities for a long time. Although disability is a personal thing for everyone, I like to be open about my own condition in the hope that others can identify with me. I was born with a genetic eye condition which has resulted in quite limited eye-sight meaning I can’t drive. As my mum is registered blind because of the same condition, I grew up understanding how difficult sensory impairment can make getting around, finding employment, and even socialising. I feel disabilities are poorly understood by much of society, so I would like to improve awareness of the different ways humans can experience the world, and how every human has great things to offer, whatever the status of their physical, mental, sensory or learning ability. I was also diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at school, and I understand how social communication issues can be a barrier to accessing new experiences, like going to university or starting a new job.

What Would I Like to Do as SWD Officer?

  • Represent ALL students who identify as having a long-term health condition at the University. For example: Signposting students to services that can provide advice/support. Articulating and addressing any concerns raised by students at Union Councils or with the President/Vice-President.
  • Create a network of Students with Disabilities to encourage students to get to know others who they can share their experiences with in an environment they feel comfortable. This could include face to face meetups and a Facebook Group, as I understand that different people find different ways of socialising easier for them. I would like to consider Freshers events that are more accessible to students, for whom the pub/club nights are impractical or difficult.
  • Work with the SU and the University to establish links with local employers to encourage more disability-friendly attitudes and workplace environments. Finding and sustaining employment can be much harder for us, and I don’t feel that any doors should feel closed to students with disabilities.
  • Make sure that students who have disability-related extenuating circumstances feel acknowledged and supported by their course teams. This is vital for students achieving their potential academically. Also, as some students with disabilities could have attendance difficulties due to their conditions, I would like to make sure students feel the attendance policies are fair, and that students with unavoidable disability-related absences are adequately supported to keep on track. This can be something I struggle with myself, so I am very sympathetic to how this can be a real challenge for some!

These are some of the main ways I would like to explore and enhance the experiences and opportunities for Students with Disabilities at UOS. I am passionate about improving equality and representing anyone who has their own opinions, thoughts or feelings to share.

Please consider voting for me. Thank you!

 

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