A disabled university student is angry that parts of the campus are not accessible to her – making her learning difficult.
Zoe Arnold struggles to get to all her classes and also has issues with facilities that she should have access to.
Zoe, a third year conservation and restoration student at the University of Lincoln, who suffers with hyper mobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrom (EDS), which is a rare condition that affects connective tissue does not believe that she receives all the access that she can on the university campus.
She said: “When I started university I didn’t use a chair as much as I do now so it was a very different experience going around the town and choosing the university that I wanted to go to and then actually turning up.”
“I think the major thing is not using resources if you don’t have to. People don’t want to walk up the stairs so they do get into the lift. So when you have a whole classroom of people in the lift at one time it breaks constantly.”
Disabled Access Day is a national awareness day set out to celebrate good access that is available for disabled people and will become an annual day in 2021.
She said; “I think it is so important to have disability access day, if it becomes more mainstream that would be fantastic and I would love to hear it being talked about on national television because it opens up a conversation that a lot of people don’t actually let you have.”
To find out more about the access day visit www.disabledaccessday.com/about/