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Disability Awareness Month - April 2016

About Disability Awareness Month

A joint venture between UWE Bristol and the SU at UWE, the event was designed to give staff and students an insight into a wide range of different disabilities and the challenges that disabled people can face. Over 50 events raised awareness and showcased some of the support available, as well as celebrating the talent and success of disabled people.

Events included student poster design and poetry competitions, a Wheelchair Challenge, disability-themed Students’ Union quiz, a sign language workshop, film screenings, a charity cake sale, wheelchair basketball, blind football, Festival of Thought, panel discussions, a volunteering fair, plus training, advice and support sessions. Over 400 participants took part in events.

In a keynote speech, Vice-Chancellor Steve West praised the hard work of those involved, and said that he is incredibly proud to lead a university that has such talented and committed people all doing their best to support our students to succeed.

Take a look back at the activities discussed on social media by searching the hashtag #UWEDisabilityMonth.

Wheelchair Challenge 2016

Organised by UWE Bristol's Disabled Staff Network, the Wheelchair Challenge was designed to highlight some of the daily challenges experienced by wheelchair users on campus.

Over 50 people took part ranging from senior staff to students and we have created a short documentary film to raise wider awareness of the issues involved.

Wheelchair Challenge video

Poster competition

As part of Disability Awareness Month students were given a brief to design an eye-catching, thought-provoking poster around the topic of disability.

View the winners and runners up of our poster competition.

Poetry competition

As part of Disability Awareness Month we asked students to write a poem around the topic of disability.

View the winners and runners up of our poetry competition.

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