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On Wednesday 21 February, Curtin Student Guild will be beginning their O-Day with a low sensory “Quiet 30”.
Curtin Student Guild Disabilities Officer Glen Luff says he hopes this initiative will make the event accessible to a wider range of students.
“During my early years at Curtin I really depended on clubs and societies for the sense of belonging that kept me going through times of crisis.
“When I attended my first O-Day, I was physically overwhelmed and went home without finding the clubs I was looking for,” says Glen.
From 11am to 11.30am the Quiet 30 will be a low sensory environment for students who may benefit from sensory awareness event programming.
Guild O-Day typically attracts over 12 000 visitors throughout the day and is a showcase of Guild services, clubs and more.
By reducing crowd numbers and audio levels, the Guild hopes to help those who experience difficulties with access or heightened sensory environments.
“Sensory-aware events benefit many diverse groups of people who experience difficulties in over-stimulating environments …and we want everyone to enjoy the benefits of O-Day,” says Glen.
The initiative is one which will Glen hopes will help pave the way for future events and encourage more WA Universities to take sensory accessibility into account.
“Every student at Curtin should have an opportunity to belong to our community and that begins with equitable access,” says Glen.