Advocating for a More Inclusive Future: Whizz Kidz Meets Minister for Disabled People
Sarah Pugh and Ella, the Chair of Kidz Board, met with Tom Pursglove, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work
Following the launch of Whizz Kidz's A-Z Guide of Going to University, Sarah Pugh and Ella, the Chair of Kidz Board, met with Tom Pursglove, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work last week. The meeting aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by young wheelchair users accessing university education.
As part of the meeting, the duo gave an overview of the Kidz Board A-Z guide which provides practical advice and solutions for young wheelchair users wishing to go to university. This guide was created by the Kidz Board as universities need to listen and learn from their experiences so that they can improve. The team detailed how it is never the coursework or the challenge of the learning that is the issue for most young wheelchair users, it’s the physical and attitudinal barriers along with a lack of forward planning by the universities.
The Minister recognised that potential talent is being lost to employers because young wheelchair users are either not applying to or dropping out early from university due to their experiences, and the impact on social mobility. The Minister for Disabled People pledged to take these concerns and recommendations into account while formulating policies and initiatives. Having these discussions helps in creating a more inclusive society for young wheelchair users.
This recent meeting between the Whizz Kidz and the Minister is a promising step toward a more inclusive and accessible future for young wheelchair users. The collaboration between the dedicated charity and the government sends a strong message that the voices and needs of young wheelchair users are being heard and acted upon. It serves as a reminder that with determination and a commitment to change, we can build a more inclusive society where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.