Disability provision at Scottish university must improve

Disability provision at Scottish university must improve

Staff members at a university in Scotland which branded a disabled student 'useless' after he was unable to finish practical assignments before their official deadlines have been told that they must improve the treatment of such members of their cohort immediately.

Enys Coggles, originally from Kent, successfully completed a degree in podiatry at Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in 2011 but, according to his father, the Asperger's syndrome sufferer claims that he felt 'totally humiliated' by the way in which he was often addressed by tutors and others within the institution.

Now, the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) has, according to this article, demanded that better standards are met in terms of support for those with disabilities, and that Mr Coggles was clearly 'prone to anxiety which could overwhelm him'.

There is now more assistance available for the UK's disabled community than ever before, in the form of both practical products such as mobility cars and less tangible help like greater awareness of physical and mental issues, but this story is a reminder of how much remains to be done until equality with the rest of society is achieved.

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