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!
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 email@example.com - or you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Discord!
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 campus, Scottish Borders Campus, and Orkney Campus
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!
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!
A 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.
Grants. Bursaries and scholarships
Move On (provides financial and debt management advice)
Move On (specialises in supporting homeless young people)
NHS Lothian Carer support team
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!