We’re delighted to try to help Amy, a student in sixth form who has contacted us about a survey she is undertaking as preparation for studying prosthetics and orthotics in university next year.
Here is how you can help Amy with this valuable research which may well benefit you if you are an amputee and/or wheelchair user from Wales, particularly a small town or rural Wales where attitudes may be less than friendly to people with disabilities.
Please help Amy if you can.
I am working towards studying prosthetics and orthotics in university. However, being accepted into that course means showing that I am dedicated to my work, and passionate about helping people. So, a few months ago, I set out to research not only the work itself, but the people it affects. To my surprise, what I found was a problem.
As someone who lives in a small town in Wales, it has become clear to me that areas like this aren’t all that disability friendly. In fact, almost everyone I’ve met in the area who has a disability has faced discrimination to some level. (Many of them actually ended up moving away because of it.) But not everyone has the means to travel to a better-supported city, nor should they have to. A lack of support and facilities (especially for the limbless and wheelchair users) is a widespread issue. It affects a number of people across Wales and the West of England, and little research has been carried out to improve this. In short, I want to know how this issue affects people in Wales, and what areas are the worst affected. By figuring out what areas need more support, I can get into contact with organisations who can provide that support. This will hopefully improve things for prosthetic users in these badly-affected areas. Whatever happens, the first step is always collecting data to prove the issue, and for that, I need your help.
Thank you for your time.
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- Please click HERE to access the survey