WeCanAccess Student Challenge

WeCanAccess Student Challenge

calendarNovember 28 2020

Students, we challenge you!

How would you make your subject area or future profession more accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities, who are neurodiverse or have other access needs?

WeCanAccess has teamed up with Disability Review Magazine to challenge university students to write articles that will inspire better inclusion and accessibility.

The winning article and author will be featured in Disability Review Magazine Winter 2021!

All shortlisted articles will be published here on the WeCanAccess Blog space.

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How to Enter

In no more than 1000 words tell us:
a. how accessibility and inclusion could be embedded into your subject area at university, OR
b. how accessibility and inclusion could be embedded into your future careers, OR
c. examples of inclusive best practice that you have experienced at university.

Submit your entries by email to

Closing date is 30st September 2021

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Our Judges

Elizabeth Wright – Disability and Inclusion Expert, Triple Paralympic Medalist, International Keynote Speaker and Editor of Disability Review Magazine.

Adèle Ramet – Internationally published author, including a series of ‘How to’ books on writing. Experienced teacher of creative writing and writing for publication.

David and Emma Bara – CoFounders of WeCanAccess.

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For some inspiration read:

Enjoying University with a Disability by Charlotte Smith.

Access Challenge Rules

1. These rules (the “Rules”) relate to the competition (the “Competition”) for the WeCanAccess Student Challenge (the “Challenge”).

2. The Challenge is run by WECANACCESS (“WCA”) in partnership with Disability Review Magazine (“DRM”).

3. The Challenge opens on 1st December 2020. Please note that the deadline for the Awards is midnight on 30st September 2021. Submissions cannot be accepted after this time.

4. Entry to the Challenge is free.

5. The Challenge is open to University Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree and Further Education Students enrolled in HNDs, HNCs or Foundation Degrees.

6. You can submit entries as an individual or write as a team.

7. Each entry must be the entrants’ own original work.

8. Entries must be between 500 to 1000 words. Submissions that are longer or shorter will not be read or accepted into the competition.

9. Entries may be accompanied by illustrations and images, but these will not be taken into account by the Challenge judges. Entrants can submit multiple entries.

10. Once submitted, no alterations may be made to your entry.

11. All entries must be made in English language. It is not necessary to have perfect spelling or grammar to enter the Challenge, entries will be judged on the contribution they make to improving inclusion and accessibility. However, you must avoid technical or medical jargon.

12. The decision of the Challenge judges is final.

13. Entries must be submitted by midnight on 30st September 2021.

14. Email entries to You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your entry.

15. Each piece of work entered into the Competition must be marked with the entrant’s name, University, year and faculty.

16. All shortlisted entries will have their entries published on the WCA website.

17. There will be one overall winner chosen by the judges. The winning entry will be published on the WCA website and feature in the Winter 2021 edition of DRM.

18. WCA reserves the right to cancel the Challenge at any time.

19. In consideration for WCA’s acceptance of an entry and by submitting an entry to the Challenge:
a. Each entrant retains the copyright in his or her entry. However each entrant grants to WCA and DRM a perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to publish, broadcast, communicate and make available the entry in all media and in all formats throughout the world, including but not limited to (i) publishing the entry in DRM (ii) publishing the entry on, and (iii) publishing the entry elsewhere online and on any other platforms (whether now known or yet to be envisaged). This licence will be deemed to include all the necessary rights and permissions to enable such use by WCA and DRM, to complete the administration of the Challenge.

b. Each entrant agrees that WLPL may at its sole discretion edit, adapt, abridge or translate the entry for the purpose listed in clause 22(a) above.

c. Each entrant, and (if an entrant is under 18) his or her parent or guardian, warrants that the entry is original and that nothing in the entry will infringe the copyright or any other intellectual property right of any third party or defame any third party.

20. WECANACCESS’s Privacy Policy is on the Website. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted the Privacy Policy and be bound by them.

21. Entrants to the Challenge consent to the use by WCA and DRM of their name, university, year and faculty of study to announce the winners of the Challenge and to identify entrants in any publication of an entry in accordance with the Rules. Entrants also consent to the use of their personal information by WECANACCESS ltd and DRM to contact Finalists and prize winners, to verify compliance with the Rules and for administration of the Competition. Finalists and Winners may be requested to take part in publicity for the Award and the Competition, but only if they wish to do so.

22. Any questions concerning the Rules or the Competition may be directed to

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