Friday 6 January 2017
Queen Mary has worked with leading provider of accessibility information, DisabledGo, to create a comprehensive set of ‘access guides’ for all the university’s physical locations, covering each of our five campuses.
Rebecca Lingwood, Vice-Principal (Student Experience, Teaching and Learning), who co-sponsored the initiative with Emma Bull, Director of Student Services, comments:
“Queen Mary has a proud history of welcoming and nurturing the most talented individuals, regardless of background. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where our diverse community of staff and students can thrive. We hope these access guides will prove beneficial in achieving this goal.”
The access guides are aimed at disabled people – both prospective applicants and current students, as well as disabled staff and visitors – and have been produced for the benefit of all disabled people, including those with mobility issues, sensory impairments (eg, hearing impaired, visually impaired, blind and deaf people), as well as those with sensitivities to extraneous lighting and sound (eg, autistic people).
The guides themselves are now live and online on DisabledGo’s own website.
If you have any queries about any aspect of the guides, please contact the Head of the Disability and Dyslexia Service, Simon Jarvis on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suggested ways to use the Access Guides
- Include a link to the guides when writing to visitors.
- Include a link to the guides in society information.
- When tweeting about events, include the link to the relevant guide.
- Ensure you are aware of the guides and tell other people about them.
DisabledGo advertise themselves as the UK’s leading provider of accessibility information for disabled people. Their website hosts information on a wide range of venues and organisations across the UK – they currently work with around 60 universities, including Imperial and King’s College London. More locally, they have also worked with Tower Hamlets council and Barts and The London NHS Health Trust. The organisation was set up in 2000 as a result of their founder, Dr Gregory Burke’s, experiences and frustrations trying to access his local community as a wheelchair user. DisabledGo is a not-for-profit social enterprise.
The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) offers support for all students with disabilities, specific learning difficulties and mental health issues across all campuses at Queen Mary.
The highly experienced team of staff offer advice, guidance and support in the following areas:
- Finding out if you have a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia.
- Applying for funding through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).
- Arranging DSA assessments of need.
- ‘Special’ arrangements in examinations, e.g. additional time.
- Accessing loaned equipment (e.g. digital recorders).
- Specialist one-to-one study skills tuition.
- Securing access to course materials in alternative formats (e.g. Braille).
- Providing non-specialist human support workers (e.g. note-takers, readers).
- Specialist mentoring support for students with mental health issues and conditions on the autistic spectrum.