DISABLED STUDENTS’ CAMPAIGN RESOURCES

Access Statement Generator

Most people running events do not provide proper access information, because they don’t have the information or because they don’t know what to include or that they should be providing access information at all. The truth is that even if an event would be accessible to someone if they can’t find that out they can’t go (or they risk being turned away) and ultimately it is not accessible until the information is there. We therefore provide this generator to enable people to provide good, clear access information and to raise awareness that there should be access information for all events. (The access statement generator is currently being improved!)

CUSU DSC Disability Resource Library

Founded in summer 2012, CUSU DSC Disability Resource Library is a growing collection of material related to disability. The library is open to all members of the University and lives alongside the Harry Harris LGBT+ Library and the other Liberation Libraries in the CUSU/GU lounge at 17 Mill Lane. We encourage you to email us suggestions of further materials to include as the library grows.

 

REPORTS AND DATA

2018 Healthcare and Services Report

2018 Wheelchair & Step-Free Access in the Collegiate University Report

2019 ‘Substantial Disadvantage’ Academic Reasonable Adjustments Report

2019 Summary of Findings from the Academic Reasonable Adjustments Forum

 

BEING A DISABLED STUDENT AT CAMBRIDGE

Uni 101 Guide
A one-stop, simple breakdown for incoming students.

Guide to Reasonable Adjustments and Student Support Documents
Our guide to reasonable adjustments – what they are, how you can have them put in place, and what to do if your needs aren’t being met.

Intermission Guide
A guide to the process of intermitting – taking time out from study at Cambridge.

Disablism at Cambridge
A short guide to discrimination and harassment as a disabled student at Cambridge.

Surviving (at) Cambridge Zine Guide
A zine of crowd-sourced tips from disabled students, otherwise known as ‘how to hack your degree’ and ‘don’t let the b******s get you down’.

Accessibility in Organising & Student Activism Zine Guide
Our non-exhaustive guide to making your activist organising more accessible to disabled students.

Email Templates
To ease some of that ‘why do I have to do so much more admin as a disabled student’ burden!

 

ACCESS AROUND CAMBRIDGE

Cambridge Accessibility
Our quick guide to accessing Cambridge (both the city and the university) and things it’s useful to be aware of.
Disability Access Guide
An extensive guide to access within the University. Slightly out of date in parts, especially the information about the city generally.
Accessible Cambridge
A resource site holding information about the accessibility of Cambridge, including guides for cafes and pubs. This site is somewhat out of date, but members of the DSC Committee are in the process of updating it; do get in touch if you’d like to input.
Cambridge Shopmobility
Cambridge Shopmobility loan out wheelchairs including electric wheelchairs and scooters during the day in town, generally 10am to 4pm weekdays and Saturday. There are two offices in Cambridge: one is in central town under the Grand Arcade and the other, which is also open Sundays, is in the Grafton Centre by the Vue Cinema.

 

WELFARE & SUPPORT RESOURCES

DSC Welfare Officer(s)
Contact the DSC Committee’s Welfare Officer(s) at disabled-welfare.cusu.cam.ac.uk.
Students’ Unions’ Advice Service
SUAS are an advice service made up of a number of trained professionals, and co-managed by CUSU and the GU. You can contact them by email, phone, or by attending drop-in sessions, and they offer appointments in person or by phone or Skype. They can help students with any problem, from academic to personal, and are based in the CUSU/GU lounge at 17 Mill Lane.
University Counselling Service
The UCS provides free counselling to all students, including group meetings and workshops. Be sure to mention if you require step-free access as not all their rooms are accessible.
Disability Resource Centre
All disabled students, or students who think they may be disabled, should get in contact with the DRC as their first port of call. They provide advice and resources, write your Student Support Document with you, help you with Disabled Students’ Allowance, and generally look after your needs as a disabled student at Cambridge.
Nightline (Formerly Linkline)
Support to all students 7pm to 7am in term time. Call them on 01223 367 575 or 01223 744 444.
Cambridge Peer Support
A scheme for offering peer support within colleges, only operates in some colleges.
The Samaritans
Tel 08457 909 090; they also have a step free central Cambridge Office with disabled toilet just off Christ’s Pieces.
Resources from the Library Catalogue
The CUSU DSC Disability Resource Library Catalogue contains a list of (mostly online) resources in addition to those listed here.
Facebook support groups
The DSC runs a handful of Facebook-based community groups for disabled students, as well as specific groups for intermitting and double-time students.

 

INCLUSIVE TEACHING AND LEARNING

Content Notes Guidance for Faculties and Departments
For teaching staff who would like to read about best practice in using ‘content notes’ (/’content warnings’), and for anyone who would like to push their faculty/department to implement a policy.

 

UNIVERSITY RESOURCES

Code of Practice: Reasonable Adjustments for Disabled Students
The University’s General Board for Education reviews this yearly, and it’s a good all-round document to refer to or send to relevant staff if reasonable adjustments are not being met.

Exam Access and Mitigation Committee
There are forms and guidance notes here for examination allowances (including “allow to progress” and alternative modes of assessment among others), intermission (“disregarding terms”), extensions, and fee remissions among others. Some particularly useful documents include:

Disability Resource Centre site
Some useful pages for students include:

Some useful pages you might want to direct staff to are:

Changing College page (requires Raven login)