My time at Cambridge wouldn’t have been half as fun without the amazing Disabled Students’ Campaign, and now I’m overjoyed to say I’m leading it as your Disabled Students’ Officer! I’m also a bit of an odd case, it that I’m taking year out in the middle of my degree – I’ll be coming back to study Law again next year. I’m loving my new role, and whilst there’s a lot of work still to be done, it feels great to be making change.
As Disabled Students’ Officer, it’s my job to make sure that disabled students are represented and heard. I do a lot of research, and write reports highlighting what issues exist for disabled students, then make recommendations for how to fix them. I work closely with the other sabbs to make sure they’ve thought about disabled people when doing their own work, and also make sure we are all challenging not-so-accessible suggestions in committees. The other side to my role is heading up the Disabled Students’ Campaign, where I focus on listening to the issues disabled students face every day and feed that into my work. The campaign is great at resource creating and knowledge sharing, as well as creating a fun and inclusive community for all disabled students.
I ran for this role because the Disabled Students’ Campaign is the best and brightest community I have ever known, and I want to keep fighting for us and our rights within an institution that can often seem impossible to challenge. Disabled students regularly have to fight the hardest to advocate for their rights despite often being the people least able to find the time and energy to do so. I want to use my advocacy and campaigning skills to lift up disabled voices and make this University a place where we can all thrive.
So what are my plans?
This year I want to work on challenging disparity between colleges in the support they provide for disabled students, because the college you study at should never be a barrier to receiving the help you need and are entitled to. Additionally, I want to fight for more inclusive teaching and learning, so that disabled students don’t even need to ask for certain adjustments to be made. This can be achieved through better training for staff, and by creating resources to let students know what their rights are and when they aren’t being adhered to.