Being disabled, whether that’s physically or mentally, can be really difficult, and poses its own set of challenges. That’s on top of being a student! But it doesn’t mean that you can’t succeed at uni. We’re here to share our top tips with you about life as a disabled student for Disability Awareness Month.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
And get as much as you can. Really. Why struggle when help is available? It doesn’t make you any less deserving for asking for help. Whether it’s some equipment that will help you, counselling, or even just making your tutors aware of your condition, get the help you deserve. It will help you to get the most out of your time at ARU. Also, don’t forget to apply for DSA, and any other funding you may be eligible for.
Join a society
Joining a society is a great way to get out of the house and meet new people. This is especially important to do if you are disabled – you want to make sure that you are maintaining good mental health, and a great way to do that is socialising! With so many societies to choose from, it’s super easy to meet like-minded people. You can even set your own up! It’s easy-peasy, and we’re more than happy to help you out if you get stuck.
Look after yourself
It’s so important to look after yourself. If that means you need some help to do so, then that’s absolutely okay. Make sure you’re practicing self-love, and maintaining a healthy mind-set. It’s vital that you can cope at university, and it’s even more important that you tell someone when you’re not. We’re here to help you. If you need any advice, ARU Students’ Union has an Advice Service you can turn to.
Remember that you are amazing!
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that because you are disabled in some way, you are somehow lacking in a way that ‘normal’ people are not. But that is simply not true. Think of all the skills and experiences you have been through that make you unique and important and powerful. You are incredible!
Celebrate the diversity of disability and encourage the conversation with us this month.