Disability Awareness Week 2017


Monday 24th - Friday 28th April 2017

Disability Awareness Week 2017 is a continuation of a Newcastle University annual event hosted primarily by the Students with Disabilities Officers. The aim of this year is to break down barriers in talking about and accepting disability, and has been something that we have worked towards throughout our tenure as Students with Disabilities Officers this academic year. We hope that throughout the week, we'll see some real engagement with topics around disability.

Full week event!

Information stalls at the front of NUSU every day from 11:00-15:00

Monday – Mental Health

13:00-15:00 All About Mental Health

Kate Adle Room, Level 1, NUSU

Join the team from NUSU's Mind the Gap society as they introduce you to the world of mental health

17:00-19:00 Disability and Mental Health: what's the connection?

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Did you know that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide? Did you also know that those with a physical or intellectual disability are 2-4 times more likely to have a common mental health problem than non-disabled people? There's clearly a strong link here, but why is this? In this session, we'll discuss the intricacies of the complex relationship between disability and mental health

Tuesday - Neurodiversity

11:00-14:00 Boccia

Outside NUSU

Try your hand at the Paralympic sport of Boccia.

13:00-15:00 All About Neurodiversity

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Join Students’ with Disabilities Officer-Elect Zoë Godden as they tackle misconceptions, teach how to be an autistic ally and discuss intersectional improvements in neurodiverse representation.

18:00-20:00 Stand-up Comedy night with Lost Voice Guy

Venue, Level -1, NUSU

Come down to Venue for an evening of laughs with local comedian, Lee Ridley a.k.a Lost Voice Guy!

Free entry, donations welcome

Wednesday – Physical Disabilities

11:00-14:00 Have a go at Goalball!

Outisde NUSU

Try your hand at the Paralympic sport of Goalball

13:00-15:00 Students’ with Disabilities Forum

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Are you a disabled student, and want to voice your opinion on university matters? If so, come along and discuss these with fellow students, and your PTOs.

17:00-19:00 The Social and Medical Models of Disability

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

How should we talk about disability? Join Bioscience students Sarah Main and Sam Firth for an informal discussion on why bioscience isn't the be-all and end-all of health and wellbeing.

Thursday – Carers of People with Disabilities

13:00-15:00 The Student Carer Experience

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Join Holly Waddell, our Student Parents, Guardians and Carers Officer, as she heads a short talk exploring what it means to be a carer and the challenges they face.

17:00-19:00 Finding Dory screening

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Join us where we’ll have a short discussion about its portrayal of disability, prior to screening the film! Refreshments and snacks will be provided!

Friday – Invisible Disabilities

13:00-15:00 All About Invisible Disabilities

Bamburgh Room, King’s Road Centre (NUSU Central)

Join Errol Kerr, Students’ with Disabilities Officer, as he discusses the importance of highlighting invisible disabilities in university and everyday life.


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