USI Launches Survey on Students with Disabilities

USI Launches Survey on Students with Disabilities

The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in conjunction with AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, is conducting a survey of students with disabilities in higher Education across Ireland. 

The aim of this survey is to find out how students are accessing supports in college. The information gathered will then be used to inform the work of both organisations. All responses are completely anonymous. 

In the current recession, Disability Support Services are facing multiple budget and staff cuts. Despite these cuts, college authorities still have a responsibility under the Equal Status Act to provide the necessary supports for students with disabilities

The USI Disability Campaign aims to empower students by informing them of their rights to reasonable accommodations and supports.

The campaign also aims to educate lecturers about ways in which they can fulfil their responsibilities, despite restricted budgets.

The USI/AHEAD survey is available on www.surveymonkey.com/s/aheadstudentsurvey

Speaking on the launch of this survey, USI Disability Rights Officer, Ger Gallagher said:

“As a student with both a physical and a learning disability, I know first hand how crucial disability support services are to enable me to participate in college life. 

“With more students with disabilities than ever before going to college, it is extremely important that we examine the experiences of students with disabilities so that we can maximise the efficacy of these services in years to come.”

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