Disability Advocacy Week aims to bring light to disabled issues by putting students with disabilities at the forefront of their own narratives. Tackling issues such as ableism and sanism, disability in wider society, and recent governmental changes to monetary aid such as Personal Independence Payments and Disabled Students Allowance, Disability Advocacy Week’s purpose is to educate the wider student body and beyond about how they can become better disabled allies and show the positive contributions disabled people have given to our society, in addition to aiding students who are pursuing diagnoses or support for their conditions.
The week will be running from February 5th to 9th 2018 on campus at NUSU, featuring a host of events throughout the week, including –
- Poetry and zine workshop led by Sez Thomasin
- Early access hour for disabled students at Refreshers Society Fair 2018
- Parasport taster sessions ran by Inclusive Newcastle
- Film screenings
- External speakers (TBC)
- Drop-in info stalls from the Student Advice Centre on applying for DSA, PIP etc.
- Student led workshops on disabled issues important to them
The week will culminate in bringing forward a Council Motion on February 8th to mandate the Estates service to accurately signpost disabled and Changing Places toilets on campus.
If you’d like to get involved in the week, either in volunteering, bringing forward ideas, or running your own workshop, please contact Zoë Godden, Students with Disabilities Officer, by email at email@example.com