If you are a student union rep, involved in organising events and activities, or support students in any way at university, it is important to know what additional considerations blind, partially sighted and deafblind students may need. Come and chat with our panel to ask how your event or activity can be made more accessible and how you can encourage students at your uni to come forward and communicate their needs confidently.
This is an open, non-judgemental space to ask questions and get ideas and suggestions directly from students with first-hand experience. Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Student Support Service, Deafblind UK and LOOK representatives will also be on hand to provide advice and support.
- Opening up social opportunities – societies, clubs, events and nights out
- The Fresher’s experience – highlights, key considerations and suggestions for how blind, partially sighted and deafblind students can be supported
- The ways activities can be adjusted
- Adjusting to living in shared accommodation and new living environments
- Commuting/traveling to and around campus or other venues
- Helping blind, partially sighted and deafblind students to get the most out of their time at uni.
This event is free to attend.
Meet the panellists
Our panellists will be on- hand to answer your questions at the event and on the run up during their social media take overs of the LOOK Twitter, Instagram and Facebook feeds.
Charlotte, recent graduate and LOOK Mentor
“I’m Charlotte, I’m 21 and I’ve just graduated from York St John University where I was studying for a degree in Education Studies with Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. I loved my time at university and I hope that through my experiences, I can help other students with a VI to gain confidence within Higher Education.
“My visual impairment is caused by a condition called bilateral coloboma meaning the pupil is shaped like a keyhole instead of a circle. I read large print and use magnification when using technology.”
“When I started uni, I was worried about how people were going to understand my sight loss. But I found everyone accepted me for who I was. Communication is key and by talking to people, more awareness and understanding can be gained in how best to support you during your time at university.”
Emily, LOOK volunteer and final year student
“My names Emily, I’m 20 and I’m in my third and final year of studying English Literature at the University of York. I have Retinitis Pigmentosa which is a genetic and degenerative eye condition.”
“I was really worried about starting uni as a VI student. I was particularly concerned that I wouldn’t be able to access the stereotypical social life of university. However, over the past few years I’ve learnt some hacks that I’m really excited to share!”
Will, 2nd year student and LOOK Mentor
“My name is Will, and I am 21 years-old from the Northwest of England. I’m studying a three year Radio and Audio course at the University of Bedfordshire’s Luton Campus.”
“I’ve been volunteering for Look UK as one of the mentors for the last couple of months and I feel privileged to be working for such a great charity.”
“I am very excited to be interacting with the audience during this campaign and look forward to answering any questions you may have about university experiences.”
When: Thursday 30 September, 6 – 7pm
Where: via Zoom
This event is free to attend Register here
The event will also be livestreamed on our Facebook page.
Closed captions will be available for this event.
Please submit questions or topics for them to discuss by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org