29 February 2012 Trailblazers reveal challenges of higher education at parliamentary meeting

The panel provide evidence at the All Party Parliamentary Group for Young Disabled People inquiry session on Higher EducationTrailblazers were at a meeting in Parliament today where the APPG for Young Disabled People discussed the challenges faced by disabled students applying to or studying at university. 

The meeting was chaired by Paul Maynard MP who was joined by Trailblazers across the UK to address the issues that affect young people in higher education such as primarily finding universities, social care and socialisation. The Group received evidence from adult social services, universities, the National Union of Students, the Student Loans Company and Disability Rights UK.

Paul Maynard was supported at the session by MPs and Peers including Baroness Thomas of Winchester and Paul Goggins MP.

Since we launched our University Challenge report and guide in 2009 Trailblazers have consistently numerous barriers to a smooth and straightforward higher education experience. Network members have highlighted concerns with accommodation and it our report showed that one in ten disabled students will not have cooking and dining facilities that are fully integrated into mainstream university life.

Bobby Ancil, Trailblazers Project Manager said:

Today was an important opportunity for Trailblazers to share their knowledge on access at university with Parliamentarians and decision makers. Today's meeting identified ways that will improve disabled students experience at higher education.

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