Disabled Students' Campaign
The Disabled Students' Campaign exists to provide a safe space within Edinburgh University Students' Association where self-identifying disabled students can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience. Students who self-define as disabled may have a physical disability, experiences of mental illness, a chronic condition, or an invisible illness, and all are welcome to join the group.
The Disabled Students' Campaign is led by the Students' Association's Disabled Students' Officer. This year's Disabled Students' Officer is Eileen Xu, who was elected by self-defining disabled students in the Students' Association's March elections.
To sign up to the Disabled Students' Campaign's mailing list and receive regular updates on activities, events and campaigns click here.
All self-identifying disabled students are welcome to get involved in the Disabled Students' Campaign. To find out more you can join the Facebook group, email Eileen, or come along to one of the Campaign's events.
Campaigns and Events
You can read Eileen's full manifesto which she was elected on here but the issues she is planning to focus on this year are:
- Raising awareness of the Disabled Students' Campaign and increasing the visibility of the disabled community on campus.
- Enhancing support for disabled students through sign-posting, peer support, and lobbying for increased resources for key services.
- Increasing and improving training for key members of University staff on disability, mental health and invisible illnesses.
In the past, the Disabled Students' Campaign has been involved in fighting against cuts to benefits, lobbying the University to make buildings more accessible and campaigning to de-stigmatise mental illness.
Each year, the Group also celebrates Disability History Month
, which runs from the 1st to the 30th of November, with film screenings, social media campaigns, and events.
In 2014, the Students' Association conducted a University-wide survey of students’ experiences of mental health. You can read the summary report here