Warwick SU Accessibility
Accessibility doesn’t just mean wide-door toilets or ramps, and disability doesn’t just apply to people in wheelchairs. The spectrum of disabilities is wide and varied, and it is important to keep this in mind when undertaking work for the SU.
Many disabilities are hidden (e.g. dyspraxia, dyslexia, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders and more), and every person experiences disability differently. Sometimes people with mental difficulties (eg. anxiety, depression) will identify as disabled – but sometimes they won’t. Similarly, people with long-standing medical conditions may be classed as disabled and be entitled to support.
Our disabled members often experience additional barriers when accessing their education, and this includes SU activities such as eating in our outlets, participating in a club/society, getting involved in democracy or going out in the venues.
In February 2016, we were awarded Attitude is Everything’s charter at Silver level. We also signed a pledge with Time to Change in February 2011 to take action in order to reduce mental health discrimination.
It is virtually impossible to cater for every kind of access need, but simply making the effort has a huge effect on the culture of the SU. If in doubt, please ask a member of the HR team.
Having been fully refurbished in 2009, we believed we were fairly compliant with regards to the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995. However, during an informal chat with Jenny Wheeler (2014/15 SU Disabled Students Officer), it became apparent that there were a number of areas where we could improve.
To see the actions resulting from discussions with Jenny, please click here
If you have any other suggestions or feedback, please get in contact with us.
Attitude is Everything:
This scheme improves deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audiences, artists and the music industry.
More information can be found at: attitudeiseverything.org.uk