On Monday 19th May 2014, a group of students launched a fundraising campaign in order to enable Thines Ganeshamoorthy, suffering from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, to return to UCL next year. Thanks to more than 200 contributions and 400 shares, our goal of £2,600 was reached in less than one day. The extra money raised will be donated to the Brittle Bone Society to support people like Thines.
After this successful fundraising, we decided to reach larger audiences, raise debates about disabled students with financial problems, who are likely to be affected next year and in the future. In relation to universities, the Rt Hon David Willets’ MP said in his last statement, the government will no longer fund non-specialist help such as note-takers and learning mentors (typically funded for through Disability Student Allowance - DSA). We believe that disabled students should not financially be disadvantaged and no one like Thines should ever go through these problems.
Therefore, we set up our campaign entitled #Disabled Students Justice (#DSJ). Our aim is to promote equality for disabled students' access to education and improve their everyday life situation by providing them with support and care. For example, disabled students have to pay full price for an entry in some nightclubs even though they cannot access the whole nightclub. Another area that needs to be addressed is the lack of height adjustable desks in most libraries at UCL.
So far, we have the support of two student unions, ULU and UCLU who will certainly help us to ensure that the social care aspects of disabled students are raised and not forgotten.
PS- If you're interested in knowing more about Thines' condition, here is a speech he gave on it.
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Thanks a million
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