Disabilities United Collective (DUC) is a school-funded resource group at the University of British Columbia, dedicated to empowering students with disabilities and creating an inclusive campus environment. According to the AMS's 2023 Academic Experience Survey, 25% of students reported having some form of disability, while 41% indicated facing mental health difficulties. These numbers highlight the growing size of our community and underscore the importance of our mission to advocate for accessibility, support, and equal opportunities for all students. As we prepare for the upcoming 2023/24 academic year, we are committed to addressing crucial areas identified through valuable student feedback.
Drawing from the insights provided by our student community, Disabilities United Collective (DUC) has identified the following key areas of focus for the upcoming year:
Enhancing Accessibility Services
Enhancing existing services such as the Centre for Accessibility (CFA) and accessibility shuttles to make campus resources more accessible to all students. Only 29% of students who have disabilities are currently registered with the Centre for Accessibility. Those who are not registered with the Centre often felt it was too inconvenient to register, did not know how to register, or were unfamiliar with what the Centre offers.
This is a 3-part initiative:
- Advocating for UBC student insurance to cover diagnostic tests and documentation for disabilities and mental health conditions
- Offering non-medical disability-affirmative care items for free
- Improving inclusion training received by university staff and faculty