Reaching out and learning from each other
We really want to encourage everyone to do what they can to include one another, support each other and talk freely. Everyone’s sight condition or deafblindness will affect them in different ways, just like everyone will have different motivations and goals in life or personalities and passions. Talking to each other and getting to know one another is key to settling in at uni and making those life-long connections.
The most important thing you can do for another person, is take that step and reach out to them. If you see a blind, partially sighted, or deafblind student struggling with something, ask what you can do to help. If you are going out to an event or to the shops, ask if they would like to travel with you. If you are a blind, partially sighted or deafblind student yourself, ask for help when you need it and don’t be afraid to open up about your condition – everyone’s experience improves when we are open to each other and commit to learning from one another.
Sign up to our event!
In this spirit, we are wrapping up our campaign with a Student Livestream Q&A on Thursday 30th September. Join us to discuss student life, key lessons about vision impairment and deafblindness and advice for helping everyone have the best time at uni.
This event will be perfect for student union reps, support staff and volunteers who may be supporting students at university, to learn more about what they can be doing to help blind, partially sighted and deafblind students engage in the opportunities important to them.
Charlotte’s advice about communicating your needs
In this video, panellist and recent graduate Charlotte shares her advice for communicating your needs clearly and confidently to uni staff, sports facilitators and fellow students. Check it out here: https://www.look-uk.org/resource-how-to-communicate-your-needs-at-uni-as-a-visually-impaired-student-uniinsight/
Oliva’s message to go for it!
In this blog, mentor Olivia reflects on meeting new people at uni, introducing and explaining her vision impairment to friends and activity facilitators, and exploring the accommodations she needed to make activities and societies accessible for her so that she could try new things. Check out her fab top tips here: https://www.look-uk.org/blog-making-friends-and-trying-new-things-at-university-uniinsight/
Top tips from Deafblind UK
Would you like some advice on the best ways to approach and start communicating with someone who is deafblind? Check out this helpsheet from Deafblind UK: https://deafblind.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/Deafblind-UK-Useful-tips-1.pdf
Connect with others through Facebook
Come and join TPT Student Support Service’s Facebook group! Blind, partially sighted and deafblind students, their friends and family are all welcome! We promote a positive environment where members can share advice, questions or connect with others also experiencing university or college life.
Deafblind UK also have a Facebook forum, for individuals affected and those supporting them. Join to learn from each other, find out about events, and connect!
In this video we caught up with Sofia to find out more about her experiences settling in at university, meeting new people and getting involved. Listen here:
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