UNIVERSITY students with disabilties face paying double for accommodation so carers can stay on campus.
And they are having to wait up to six months for local authorities to transport their care packages, according to young campaigners.
Disabled university students and graduates from across the UK have joined forces with MPs and student leaders to find ways of tackling the growing obstacles to higher education for young disabled people.
Eighteen members of Trailblazers, the young campaigning arm of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign charity, joined a meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People at Westminster, to discuss disabled student issues like debt and care.
Together with MP Paul Maynard, chair of the Parliamentary Group, and members of the National Union of Students, they voiced their concerns about what’s going wrong for disabled students.
And the meeting called on universities, local authorities and education leaders to ensure that this year’s disabled applicants have the tools they need for a smooth start to term and to make the most of their academic careers.
Trailblazers is a nationwide organisation of young disabled and non-disabled campaigners. They fight social injustices experienced by young people living with muscle disease or a related condition.