KCLSU Networks

combat oppression, discrimination, and inequality faced by students from liberation communities on a local and national level
KCLSU Networks are representative communities who act as a platform to facilitate connection, collaboration and collective campaigning
We’ve got Liberation Networks to provide community, empowerment and representation to groups often marginalised in society.
Disabled Students Network

Who are we?

We represent all students who have a disability! That means all physical, mental, physiological and neurological health differences! This is anything from dyslexia, to depression, to IBD, Epilepsy, Visual or Hearing difference and Mobility difference. All are welcome here at the KCLSU Disabled Students Network!

Our 2021/22 Disabled Students' Network Co-Chairs are Ellen Bean and Elias Yassin.

Hello! My name’s Ellen, my pronouns are she/her and I’m a second year Spanish and History undergraduate here at King’s. I’m so excited to be one of the KCLSU Disabled Students’ Network Chairs this year and I can’t wait to get going.

My aims for the year are largely twofold.  Firstly, I want to support and create campaigns to improve access at King’s.  Whether it’s content warnings or ramp access, if there’s a reasonable adjustment you’re not getting, get in contact and we can get organising (if that’s something that interests you – I’m also available for putting the world to rights over a cup of tea).  It’s wild to me that so many of us still have fights on our hands at university, which is why I’m also keen to develop a ‘Surviving King’s’ document for incoming and returning students to help people navigate all things disability at KCL.

And then secondly, I want to work to build community among King’s disabled students.  I’d love to see more disabled student-led societies, so do get in touch if you want support setting something up.  I’d also be really keen to set up a regular coffee morning/pub meet if that proves to be something of interest.

Finally, I really want the Disabled Students’ Network to be a collectivist endeavour.  If you’ve got ideas of your own, if there’s something that you think could benefit from network support, please, please get in touch.

One of the ways I experience disability is always feeling like I’m short on time and prone to being flaky, but please know there is no time commitment too small.  If you want to get involved with the network, in whatever capacity that is, we’d love to hear from you!

Hi all! I'm Elias (he/him) - a disabled Black, queer and working-class 2nd year PhD student in Geography. I know first-hand how challenging it can be to navigate university when things are inaccessible. I have severe dyspraxia, dyslexia and autism along with anxiety, depression and long covid; and my recent experiences with studying during the pandemic has made me passionate about finding out what disabled students at King's have to contend with. Particularly, students who are in situations where they may not have networks or resources to support them. 

I aim to bring more awareness to hidden disabilities, including chronic illnesses such as Long Covid. There is a lot of work to be done here whether it takes the form of sharing Disability or Neurodiversity Toolkits amongst staff, running workshops on the different forms of ableism in the academy or holding conversations about how to make King’s more accessible, online and on-campus. 

My main priority for this year is to create a stronger and supportive community for all disabled students at King's. I am, therefore, keen to find out more about you, your needs and issues that you’ve faced during drop-in Cafes. Another aspect of this work will involve building closer links with our disabled student-led societies within the DSN and King’s Access Staff Network. Let us collaborate to create more accessible and caring spaces where we can flourish!

As Co-Chair of the Disabled Students Network, I'm keen to hear from all of our disabled students about the difficulties you face and represent your concerns and needs at our university. You can contact me at [email protected] with any ideas, issues or experiences you’d like to discuss. I look forward to us working together! 


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