Students speak out

Student Union representatives from specialist colleges met at Hereward College in Coventry for the second Student Voice Parliament.

Students speak out

Students with disabilities and learning difficulties are joining forces to raise concern about accessibility.

Student Union representatives from specialist colleges met at Hereward College in Coventry for the second Student Voice Parliament.

It is organised by Natspec, the membership association for organisations which offer specialist provision for students with learning difficulties and disabilities, in partnership with the National Union of Students.

At the event much of the debate centred around accessibility and transport.

Harvey Duncan and Callum Klaptyi, students at Hereward College, have launched a campaign about people parking on pavements in Coventry.

“We’re trying to raise awareness for people to think before they actually park on a pavement because it creates a danger for people who use wheelchairs and people cannot see,” said Callum.

Representatives also talked about concerns of cabs using appropriate safety belts on wheelchairs, and accessibility on public transport.

“If people park on the pavements it affects people’s independence and this results in them needing additional support,” said Alisha Williams, Student Union president at National Star College in Cheltenham.

Students from Queen Alexandra College in Birmingham gave a presentation on the LGBT society that they set up.

“The voice of students with disabilities and learning difficulties is too often forgot about. I’m here to speak to them directly and make sure we get their voices heard,” said Emily Chapman, NUS Vice President (Further Education).

The Student Voice Parliament meet once a term.

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