Turning Disabled Students from Differentials to Integrals!
Hello Everyone, My name is Mitchell. I have a wide array of learning differences. I am currently an Extended Medical Student who is taking an iBSc in Pscyhology.
Things I would do if I was elected
All my objectives are featured around the theme of Integration & Inclusiveness. I aim to tackle this in 3 main domains: Academia, Social & Awareness
1) As a medical student it has been brought to my attention that we do not cover Special Educational Differences as part of the syllabus in substantial detail considering a
percentage of the medical cohort define as having a Special Educational Difference. If elected, I will ensure that Special Educational Differences is part of the pre-clinical
programme. I will do this by recommending basics of Special Educational Differences should be studied as part of the already existing intercultural competence module in order for the
next generation of Doctors to embrace people with these differences as part of an Inclusive Society in which King's leads the way for other universities to do the same.
2) If I was elected, I will aim to ensure that there should be a programme were all King's staff are trained in understanding the basics of common disabilities that are experienced by us
fellow King's students. Training will not only raise Awareness by challenging their perceptions, but will also ensure staff use the right language and terminology when working with
students with disabilities. This would also ensure that the challenges that disabled students face are Integrated in the design of each course.
3) It has been brought to my attention last year that students who were entitled to receiving lecture notes weeks in advance were not having this important accees met. I will make sure that students who are entitled to this provision as part of their inclusion plan will have this need met.
4) I have noticed and often felt that the disabled community of King's do not have the chance to meet other students who may go through the same challenges as each other
across the same & different degrees. I attribute this to a lack of social gatherings for the disabled community. If I was elected, I would ensure that at least one 'social' event in the
form of a team based quiz will take place every year. This way, students of the community can integrate with each other. :)
5) I aim to be easily approachable & contact students regularly for any points that may want to be raised. This will be done by creating a meeting/forum that will take place before each KCLSU meeting. I will ensure any concerns you may have will be raised as an inclusive & integral part of the KCLSU meetings.
6) If elected I will work with my fellow members of the Disabeled Students' Association Committee to organise a successful Disablity History Month focused on challenging the
perceptions of common disabilities experienced by King's students!
Things I have been involved in the past
- School council member in my old school to head of school council within 4 years, I had to attend several school governer meetings to raise suggestions to leading members. One of my succesful suggestions was the introduction of a prayer room in my old school.
- I have raised awareness on Organ Donation for members of the BAME community in the year 2013-2014. This involved me collecting and analysing data on views on organ donation before and after I gave a talk.
Skills I will bring from these things
- An ability to build a communication network between students, KCLSU, & the college itself.
- An ability to raise awareness!
Many Thanks for reading this Manifesto!