Discrimination and Harassment
According to NUS in 2011, 43% of disabled students reported altering their behaviour, personal appearance or daily patterns in an attempt to avoid hate incidents. This often meant going out less, which in some cases led to respondents becoming socially withdrawn and isolated. Some tried to conceal their impairment, sometimes to the extent of causing themselves pain.
Cuts to Financial Support
The Disabled Students Allowance is currently available to students in the United Kingdom who have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficult. Government cuts to the DSA jeopardise disabled students’ access and success in higher education.