I may have only just started my second semester at university, or so it seems, yet I am currently in the process of looking at houses for my second year of studying. I know for any university student (especially first years) that this can be an exciting, but daunting task that can take a lot of planning and communication between the people that you will be moving in with. Trying to get the balance of being near to the university campus so you will actually attend and near public transport, town centres and leisure activities (coffee shops). Throw a wheelchair at the situation and it actually becomes a lot harder than it already was! Firstly, I would like to thank the people who I am moving in with for doing a lot of planning and explaining on my behalf as I was unwell in the crucial week of trying to explain our needs to estate agents and looking around some properties in the local area. Things like having a downstairs bedroom/ bathroom all seem pretty straightforward, and luckily in student accomodation this is quite common with tenants trying to get more people into one house. Yet the concept of having narrow corridors in a house won't cross your mind unless there is the high chance that a wheelchair would need to fit down them, even smaller door frames which might mean that I trap my hands everytime I go in and out, and did you think about having a shower door that opens enough to allow a chair to be put in there? I know for a fact that a few years ago none of these would have crossed my mind! Yet it is often the small things, like having an open house (allowing someone who uses a wheelchair to turn more easily) that would have such a huge impact. I am sure it will not be much longer until we find the one for us!
Off to go and write up some lecture notes, might even open a textbook or two! Why are they always so big?! and hopefully work on some further pieces of writing for you all!
~ Chloe x