CURTIN University Guild will kick off Wednesday’s O-Day celebrations with a low-sensory ‘Quiet 30’ in a bid to make the event more accessible and welcoming.
Curtin Student Guild disabilities officer Glen Luff said it was the first time a WA university would introduce such an event to an orientation day.
He said they hoped the introduction of the low-sensory environment, which would include reduced crowd numbers and audio levels, would benefit students who had difficulties with heightened sensory environments or who were simply feeling overwhelmed.
“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,” he said.
“Every student at Curtin should have an opportunity to belong to our community and that begins with equitable access.”
Curtin University Guild’s O-Day is on February 21, with the Quiet 30 from 11am to 11.30am.
Curtin’s orientation week runs from February 19 to 23.
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