Member for Students with Disabilities

Hi, my name is Emily and I'm the Member for Students with Disabilities

Hi, my name is Emily and I'm the Member for Students with Disabilities

Hi there! My name is Emily and I am a second year student from the suburbs of Chicago. I’m so happy that I get to be your Member for Students with Disabilities. I am currently living with an undiagnosed disease affecting my nerve function. While I struggled with muscle strength and fine motor tasks my entire life, I began to have more serious health problems at the age of thirteen. This greatly impacted my mobility and my ability to attend school. Going to university was a lifelong dream that I never thought would be fulfilled and I am passionate about making higher education as accessible as possible for all students.

 

Before university I had experience with disability rights advocacy on a personal, state and federal level. I found great joy in traveling the United States to speak on issues surrounding disability inclusion and legislation for rare disease patients. My favorite part of the experience was meeting other young people in similar situations. I learned so much from these years and I hope to use the information I gained to curate a ‘nothing about us without us’ approach to disability issues on a university level - in other words, disabled people must have input in every decision involving their services and accessibility.

 

I believe accessibility and psychosocial support is integral to encourage disabled students to pursue higher education and ensure that they thrive when they are at university. My main goal for the year is to create a better peer-to-peer support system, curate more accessible nightlife and raise awareness for a wide variety of disabilities on campus. Although I strive to advocate for individuals with all disabilities, I do not know your experience better than you do. Please get in touch if you have thoughts, concerns or victories you’d like to share. Let me know how I can make things better for you. I can’t wait for the year ahead!

 
The Member for Students with Disabilities is asked to ensure that any student with a disability, no matter the type, is represented within St Andrews and can voice their concerns or questions!  This has a wide inclusion and focusses on maintaining and increasing the support availible to all those who can see themselves as disabled in any way. It is also their job to increase awareness and understanding within the student community. They work closely with fellow members of the Equal Opportunities Committee to initiate and promote events and opportunities offered to students.