International Day of Persons with Disabilities

10 December 2021

For International Day of Persons with Disabilities, UCL Student Support and Wellbeing led an online conference bringing together academics, advisers and students to explore Leadership and Participation of Persons with Disabilities. Read on to catch up with the conference.

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UCL Student Support and Wellbeing celebrated International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021 with a hugely successful online conference open to students, staff and the general public.

"I don’t think I could’ve hoped for a more pertinent theme for this year’s International Day of Persons’ with Disabilities event; the theme of leadership and participation of Disabled Persons’. I am a ‘Disabled’ Student Support and Wellbeing Manager for Disabilities and Specific Learning Differences. So, not only did it have a personal significance but a professional one. However, importantly, it wasn’t about me, something I mentioned at the beginning of the event. It also wasn’t a tokenistic day to celebrate on 3 December 2021, but a day to shine the spotlight on colleagues I work with, a platform for the students we work for, via the expert student panel, as well as the amazing work and research our UCL community has done, in, and for, disability participation over the past year. Work that we will continue to promote and celebrate within UCL Student Support and Wellbeing." Louise Grimmett, Student Support and Wellbeing Manager (Disability Support) and event organiser

"I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have participated in this event. It is fantastic to see all the work that is taking place to improve the lived experiences of people with disabilities at UCL. Following on from the question I was asked during the student panel, I aim to continue improving awareness and reducing stigma of disability amongst all medical students at UCL through various projects planned, in my role as co-coordinator for UCL Medical School's Disability, Health and Wellbeing subgroup." Riya Gosrani, UCL student

I am so grateful to have participated in the expert student panel on International Day of Persons with Disabilities and continued efforts to improve disabled experiences on campus. It was inspiring to hear student-led, academic, and institutional level initiatives towards better accessibility in higher education. As an aspiring writer and disability advocate, I will continue to share the voices of disabled students through my journalism to facilitate better communication and understanding between us, non-disabled students, and UCL.” Suzanna Chen, UCL student

Catch up with the event

Watch the event recording.

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Further resources

Support, resources and assistance for disabled students from UCL Student Support and Wellbeing.