Malang—Heading on the introduction to campus orientation (ospek), new students have been coming to Malang and preparing all the needs related to the activity. Today, after re-registration, for the sake of adjusting to the activity and for new students with disabilities to be able to attend Ospek, they get an introduction to the UB Center for Disability Studies and Services from the boards and volunteers. The introduction to CDSS UB is held today, August 13, 2018 at the Disability Service House Universitas Brawijaya.
In her introduction, Unita Werdi Rahajeng as coordinator of Counseling explains many important things related to people with disabilities in general. “Being a disabled person is not a shortage, but a uniqueness,” she says firmly.
In addition, she emphasizes the obligations and rights of students with disabilities in Universitas Brawijaya. “As a student, of course you have the rights and obligations, without being differentiated. And the volunteers are not helpers, they only support your needs in academic life,” she explains.
In the next presentation, Alies Poetri Lintangsari, Service Affairs coordinator and Wahyu Widodo, Tutorial coordinator, each explaine what services and tutorials are provided at CDSS UB to encourage educational achievement of students with disabilities.
Sharing from Alumni
In different sessions, new students with disabilities in UB also get material sharing lecture experiences at Universitas Brawijaya from alumni. During the session, Siti Nur Lathifah (alumnae of Fine Arts Department, Faculty of Cultural Studies) and Muhammad Reza Pahlavi (alumni of English Education, Faculty of Cultural Studies) sequentially share their stories about challenges and obstacles during their lectures at UB.
“Once a volunteer was unable to attend, so I recorded the lecture process and later re-translated by another friend of mine,” said Ifa, Siti Nur Lathifah’s nickname, in sign language verbalized by Nisrina Firdausi, sign language interpreter at CDSS UB.
In addition, Ifa also tell them how she survived in Malang and got a scholarship during college. According to her, as long as there is a will, all her needs have been well accommodated.
Reza says that indeed not all facilities in UB have been inclusive. Moreover, when he entered college, UB had just initiated inclusive education at higher education level. “So if, for example, there is a class that cannot be accessed by an elevator to reach the floor, I submit it to the academic department of the faculty. Then they try to rearrange the schedule that I can access,” he said.
“Blend here with other friends. Later you can also share experiences related to anything. Especially what is related to ourselves,” Reza pleaded while encouraging.
New students with disabilities present at this activity are very enthusiastic in following this introduction process. The intense interaction between volunteers and new students are very familiar and they seem to enjoy the activity, including asking where they could get college equipment easily and not too hindering.