Things have improved greatly for disabled students since the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 2005 and the Equality Act in 2010 but, as our infographic shows, there is still a long way to go until they gain true parity with their able-bodied peers.
For example only 20% of university buildings have adequate toilet facilities for those who need hoists to help them use the lavatory; 30% of disabled people we surveyed claimed that student unions were not situated in an inclusive and accessible environment; 3 out of every 4 people we spoke to claimed that organising care from their local authority was not as easy as it should be; 70% said they couldn’t access a disabled students society while they were on campus; only half of all English universities have full access to teaching rooms, study rooms and libraries; and only 25% have a freshers’ induction for disabled students.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for disabled students – far from it. Standards have improved greatly over the last couple of decades, but there is still work to be done. Demand for places from disabled students are now at an all-time high; meaning that essentials, such as accessible student accommodation, are often in short supply.
Take a moment to find out more about Equal Access with our infographic below. It includes what needs to happen in order to improve the current situation, as well as a university ranking table based upon a disability questionnaire. Let us know your thoughts.
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With thanks to Muscular Dystrophy Campaign Trailblazers for much of the information.