Disability Awareness Month

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We're marking Disability Awareness Month from today until 18th December in solidarity, support and celebration of people with disabilities, along with recognition of the ongoing challenges they face. This year's theme is Access - how far we've come, and how far we've yet to go. We’ve put together a series of events (with some help from Keele SU) and resources for you to enjoy during Disability Awareness Month and beyond! 


As always, for a full glance at our events schedule, check out our What's On page but here's our round-up of the events we're throwing across the next month! This year, we've teamed up with Student Unions all over the country to organise loads of exciting events! Check out the full list here or follow SU's Disability History Month 2020 on Facebook! Here are our top picks below! 

Goldsmith x Triple Cripples23/11, 5pm.

Watt's Reasonable? - 27/11, 3pm. 


Disability at Heriot-Watt 

Disabled Students Society 

Why not join our Disabled Students Society? We are here to make sure you get the support you need during your time at university. But that’s not all! We also have lots of socials, game nights, chill chats and more! If you’d like to join or just want to find out more, contact us at disabledstudents.society@hw.ac.uk - or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Discord! 

Disability Services 

The University Disability Services are here to provide the support you need in your academic life – from reasonable adjustments to extra equipment, they’ve got you covered! They can also provide screening for disabilities such as dyslexia. You can find them on each of the UK campuses - contact their offices here: Edinburgh campusScottish Borders Campus, and Orkney Campus 

Sports Union 

The Buddy System is run between the Disability Services and the Sports Union. You can sign up via your Disability Adviser and they will pair you up with a Sports Union Ambassador from the Club of your choice! The Ambassador will answer any question you might have and chum you to your first few practices – you can also just go to the gym with them! 

Advice Hub 

The Advice Hub gives independent, confidential and impartial advice and support. If you need help with mitigating circumstances forms, have any questions about life on and off campus or just need a chat, our Student Advisers are the people for you! 

Support for carers 

carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. Whether you are officially recognised or not, you can disclose your status to the Wellbeing Services to receive extra support. Check the dedicated University webpage for details on the type of support available. You can also join our Parents and Carers network on Facebook to stay up to date with any events and find other students in a similar situation! 


Disability in wider Society 

There are loads of charities and organisations you can turn to for extra support. We’ve listed a few here to help during your time at uni and beyond. 

Government support 

Grants. Bursaries and scholarships 

Mental Health Support 

The Blide Trust (Orkney) 


Practical Support 

Move On (provides financial and debt management advice) 

Social/Personal development 

Move On (specialises in supporting homeless young people) 

For Carers 

NHS Lothian Carer support team  


Watt's more!

We have some more features highlighting the contributions of people with disabilities to our society and culture across the month - follow us @HWUnion to stay in the loop!


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