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Celebrating Inclusivity: Cardiff Uni’s Endeavors for Disability Support on IDPD

5 December 2023
Photo by by Audi Nissen on Unsplash
Photo by by Audi Nissen on Unsplash

With International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPD) just around the corner (yep, December 3rd!), it’s the perfect time to chat about how Cardiff Uni is all about including everyone. Have you ever wondered how we make sure every student feels part of the family?

Cardiff Uni Support Services: Tailored Assistance for Every Student

Cardiff University prides itself on its comprehensive Student Disability Service. Here, students find a haven of support, where individual needs are not just heard but actively met with appropriate solutions. From personalized advice to identifying reasonable adjustments, the service ensures that every student’s educational journey is smooth and fulfilling​

Financial Aid: We’ve Got Your Back

Money can be tight, right? Especially when you’re managing disabilities. That’s where the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) comes in. It’s not just about the cash; it’s about making sure everyone gets a fair shot. Think of it as our way of saying, “We’re here for you.” It covers things like special equipment, a non-medical helper, travel costs, and other study-related expenses. It’s pretty cool how it helps level the playing field so everyone can focus on being their best at Uni.

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Getting Started: Let’s Get It Right From Day One

If you’re joining us soon and have any disabilities, just give us a heads-up when you apply. It helps us set things up so your start at Cardiff is as smooth as sailing. It’s all about getting you off to the best start. We have this pre-entry program where we sit down with you, discuss your needs, and figure out the best way to support you throughout your studies. It’s a bit like having a roadmap for your Uni journey, ensuring that nothing gets in the way of your success.

DSA Assessment Centre: More Than Just a Check-Up

Right in the heart of our campus is the DSA Needs Assessment Centre. This place is a game-changer. It’s where you get all your support needs sorted out. It’s super helpful, and the folks there are just amazing. They’ll walk you through the whole process, from applying for DSA to setting up your support. And the best part? They make sure everything is tailored just for you. It’s about making your Uni life as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Beyond the Classroom: Making Big Moves in Research

Beyond campus walls, Cardiff University’s research in disability equality significantly impacts national policies. The work by Professors Melanie Jones and Vicki Wass, especially on the disability employment gap, has not only highlighted inequalities but also sparked meaningful policy changes. This research is a beacon of hope, guiding the way towards a more equitable society.

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‘disability@work’: Leading the Charge

Have you heard of ‘disability@work‘? It’s this big initiative that’s all about getting fair job chances for everyone. Cardiff Uni is really leading the way here. They’re all about creating an inclusive work environment, both within the Uni and beyond. This initiative is pushing for better understanding and support in the workplace, and it’s something we can all get behind. It’s about breaking down barriers and making sure everyone, regardless of their abilities, gets a fair go in their careers.

So, as we mark IDPD, let’s take a moment to appreciate all the fantastic things happening around us. Cardiff University isn’t just about hitting the books; it’s a community that lifts each other up, no matter what. We’re all part of this amazing journey towards inclusivity and understanding. It’s about making sure every single one of us, no matter our challenges, can thrive and succeed. And that’s something really special.