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Disability Awareness Week events at LSE

Monday 17 November to Friday 21 November is Disability Awareness Week at LSE.

The week culminates on Thursday 20 November with Maria Eagle MP, the government's minister for disabled people, taking part in a panel debate about The Future of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education.

The full panel for this debate will be:

  • Susan Daniels, commissioner, Disbility Rights Commission
  • Maria Eagle MP, minister for disabled people
  • Moira Fraser, policy co-ordinator from MIND
  • Susie Reilly, vice-president, Welfare and Student Affairs, University of London Union
  • Barry Rogers, director, LSE disability focus groups

The debate will be chaired by Mike Baker, the BBC's Education editor.

This event will be held on Thursday 20 November from 7-10pm in the Shaw Library, Old Building, LSE. It is free and open to all.

Jean Jameson, LSE's advisor to students with disabilities/dyslexia, said: 'There are around 250 students registered with disabilities or dyslexia at the School. Working with LSE Students' Union, we are seeking to raise awareness about the student experience for people with disabilities, not just at LSE but at universities across the country.'

Other events taking place during the week include:

  • Monday 17 November 12-1pm. D109, Clement House, LSE
    A talk by the Samaritans about mental illness. Free and open to all.
  • Monday 17 November 5-8pm. D202, Clement House, LSE
    Performance by sitar musician Baluji Shrivastav. An evening of sitar music and Indian food, co-hosted with the Sikh-Punjabi Society, tickets cost £2 for members of the Students with Disabilities Society, £3 for others, and are available on the door.
  • Tuesday 18 November 12-1pm. D109, Clement House, LSE
    A talk on dyslexia, by Jean Jameson of the School's disability office. Free and open to all.
  • Tuesday 18 November 6-9pm. New Theatre, East Building, LSE
    Film Night: Talk, produced by the Disability Rights Commission. This film presents an alternative perspective on disability. Free and open to all.
  • Wednesday 19 November 12-1pm. D502, Clement House, LSE
    A talk by Alex Miller from Bath university on Autism. Free and open to all.
  • Wednesday 19 November, 1-2pm. D502, Clement House, LSE
    A talk by Barbara Salmon of Luckyduck Publishing on Aspergers' syndrome.

For more information on disability issues, see Disability and Well-being service|

Are you an LSE student with a disability?

LSE is running a series of focus groups on disability from week seven of this term.

These are being organised by an outside facilitator and will focus primarily on the teaching and learning experience, as well as the experience of front line student services. The sessions should last for no more than 90 minutes and there is £20 available for taking part.

If you are interested in being involved please email Barry Rogers at Barry@liberare.com| detailing your name, course, year and the nature of your disability. All contributors are guaranteed absolute anonymity.

17 November 2003