Office of the Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education released their Annual Report for 2019 today. Piers Wilkinson, NUS Disabled Student's Officer commented on the common trend in complaints by disabled students:
"Once again disabled students are over represented in complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator (OIA), and the Disabled Students’ Campaign is in agreement with the OIA that their figure is an underestimate.
"It’s clear from this report that disabled students are still forced to go through complaints procedures to fight for their fundamental right to an accessible education - with many not reaching the OIA due to the exhausting complaints procedures requiring energy and time some disabled students just don’t have.
"Institutions have a duty to make anticipatory adjustments for disabled students, so there shouldn’t be any complaints over the provision of reasonable adjustments for a disabled student. However, until that point, institutions must ensure they are working with disabled students and staff in removing the barriers they face, as well as ensuring all complaints procedures are co-produced with students."