My Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) funded wheelchair accessible taxi transportation, as well as brand new IT equipment.
Though the university did not offer PA services, they did provide “note-takers”. However, as I do not struggle with handwriting, I utilised my note-taking assistants in other ways – mainly as baggage carriers, since I studied art!
University life presented many challenges to me, as a non-ambulatory wheelchair-user. Certain teaching spaces were inaccessible, taxis were often late and unreliable, at times there was a lack of communication and understanding of my needs, and socialising was difficult since I was unable to drive – everything I do requires planning. I couldn’t spontaneously go out drinking for the evening.