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Universities under scrutiny.

DISABILITY campaigners will be putting universities to the test to discover how disabled-friendly they are.

More than 100 disabled students will join muscular dystrophy campaigners across Yorkshire and Humberside to publish a league table, along with a guide on how to negotiate the university system.

The decision to test facilities and support for disabled pupils came after students reported being disadvantaged by inflexible timetables, poor planning, isolated accessible accommodation and a lack of support from tutors.

Zoe Hallam, 18, who has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, said: "In a process that is already complicated for any student, the additional restrictions placed on disabled people can make it a real challenge to go to university.

"I hope the outcome of our investigation will help disabled students in making their future choices."

Disabled people are half as likely to go to university and the campaign's chief executive Philip Butcher said that with universities not providing good enough facilities, disabled students were also disadvantaged in finding future employment.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 25, 2009
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