My name is William Robinson and I have a disorder called CSS which has provided me with unique experiences and insight into hidden disability, accessibility, and the university processes that affect students. I am a final year BEd SEND specialist, and I possess the interpersonal skills necessary for representing students with disabilities in meetings with university staff, I also have a great deal of understanding about SENDs and compassion. It is my goal to ensure the university is a welcoming, accessible and stimulating environment for all.
The networked support of students with hidden disabilities.
Many students continue to slip through the cracks and experience barriers to their success stemming from a lack of awareness of their needs and challenges. I endeavour to support staff in recognising students’ unmet needs, signposting them to the appropriate professionals or support groups composed of students with similar difficulties. I will achieve this through education and signposting, as well as meetings with university staff.
Anxiety is debilitating, and affects us all at some point. No student deserves to be left behind, especially those who don’t yet realise they are finding life harder than others. I will launch a campaign to signpost people to relevant helpful services.
Physical and digital accessibility
Previously, as a deputy school representative, I achieved a policy change rectifying a lack of access for mentors and special needs tutors to core university systems such as room booking, library services and digital resources. Students and their support staff deserve the maximum level of support that the university can provide, so if a lacking provision is identified I will do everything in my power to rectify this.
There are also physical accessibility barriers which I will immediately initiate dialogue around such as wheelchair-friendly dropped kerbs, and all door-opening buttons working on Saturdays.