REBECCA DANN – SURREY STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES OFFICER CANDIDATE
Hello, my name is Becky Dann. I am a third year Photography student and I would like to be your new Students with Disabilities Officer.
I was born with a spinal condition called Scoliosis, which eventually left me paralysed from the waist down. I was told by doctors I would never walk again. Fortunately they were wrong and I am now able to walk aided. After spending my years in High School with hardly any disabled access or support I became very passionate about helping others with disabilities. I now work with disabled children as a part time job while I am at University which has given me experience in working with not only physically disabled people but also mentally disabled people and being your Students with Disabilities Officer would be an honor. Since being at University I have found out that I also have Dyslexia, this was something very new to me but I now have more of an understanding about it and think that it is something that needs a lot more awareness raised.
I feel I would be a good candidate, as I would have empathy towards other students and their needs. I have learnt to over come certain obstacles that have come my way but I know there is still so much that can be done to help others.
I came to UCA Farnham because I felt that for me it had the best access for disabled students and I have received great support. I feel that disabled students don’t always know who or where to turn, to voice their issues.
As Disabilities officer, I aim to improve wheelchair access, disability support in education, the facilities for disabled students, more opportunities for people with disabilities and to also give disabled students a platform to voice their concerns to students union and accommodation. I also understand that having a disability can be extremely isolating and it can be hard to attend events in which you can meet other people, so I would like to help disabled students broaden their social interactions. I’d also really like to raise awareness for things ranging from Dyslexia and Dyspraxia to Depression and Anxiety as this is a huge part of society that people still do not seem to understand.
Hopefully we can work together to improve disabled students University experience.