|Association of Persons with Visual Impairments in Education: Initiative of University Students with Disabilities|
Grantee: Association of Persons with Visual Impairments in Education
Purpose: Organizing university students with disabilities under a council
Grant Amount: 99,968 TL
Project Partner: METU Without BarriersPeriod: 14 July 2014 – 13 July 2015
Students with disabilities cannot enjoy the opportunities of universities on the same level as their non-disabled counterparts. Disabled Student Units established in all universities do not function sufficiently. On the other hand, there is no such system where students with disabilities raise their demands and participate democratically.
"The Initiative of University Students with Disabilities has been an unforgettable life experience as a student. Thanks to this project, I have been named representative of disability activities in 19 Mayıs University where I study. I have worked on practicing what I have learned through the project and also managed to get other friends with disabilities involved in the initiative. Most importantly, I have realized the necessity for us to take the initiative."
"Following the meeting, we developed good friendships. We were also able to learn about people with other types of disabilities. I am a visually impaired person, however whenever I am at a government office to get a public service, I always ask if they have a staff member who is able to use sign language or if the office is wheelchair accessible."