The Access Sussex campaign has been accepted as an official Students’ Union campaign.
The campaign was set up earlier this term by Miriam Steiner, who explained the struggles of disabled students through the Twitter account @ AccessSussex, ‘to make the problems more visible and help make a change for future students.’
Miriam said: “By becoming an official union campaign, we can mobilise the entire student body to stand up for students who have been ignored. I hope that with the expertise of the union we can pressure the university, who I’m sure don’t want to be seen as regressive in their attitude to people with disabilities. Progress has been too slow, and hopefully now we can pick up the pace.”
This issue was presented to the Students’ Union who jumped at the opportunity to help further raise awareness and is now led by Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo. In a statement, she explained that “the problems of accessibility are horrendously overlooked.
“Within the three months or so that students have been on campus, the sheer number of and severity of complaints that I have received from students was impossible for me to ignore as welfare officer”.
Gargiulo and Steiner hope to be able to pinpoint specific problems from focus groups of disabled students and offer simple solutions that could change how students get around on a daily basis. These problems can be easily fixed by better awareness by staff of disabled entrances and installation of clear signposting to effective disabled access points.
Nicole De La Mare