Disabled students fight for their rights

Cameron McQueenie, 19, of Lancaster, at the National Star A Right Not A Fight protest outside the Houses of Parliament.
Cameron McQueenie, 19, of Lancaster, at the National Star A Right Not A Fight protest outside the Houses of Parliament.

Beaumont College students joined other young people with disabilities in campaigning for the same rights to further education as their peers.

More than 100 young people from across the country demonstrated outside the Palace of Westminster last week.

Shaun Waters, 20, of Lancaster, with Adrian Leech, his student support worker, at the A Fight protest outside the Houses of Parliament.

Shaun Waters, 20, of Lancaster, with Adrian Leech, his student support worker, at the A Fight protest outside the Houses of Parliament.

Unlike their peers, young people with disabilities cannot simply go to the college of their choice.

Local authorities have a say where young people with disabilities go for further education.

If the local authority does not agree with the choice then it will not provide the funding.

Cameron McQueenie, a student union rep at Beaumont College, Lancaster, spoke at the protest.

He said: “Our specialist colleges are under threat and I am not going to lay down and let that happen. We’re here to fight for our education.”