Is your disabled teenager thinking about going to university next year? Preparing for the big step into higher education can be a difficult one for anyone, but especially for those with disabilities. However, don’t fear! There are a lot of services out there that can help you before and when they get to university.
Here are several tips and tricks for disabled people on their way to university:
- Make sure to take advantage of the Disabled Student’s Allowance. The DSA will often fund equipment that can be really helpful for studying and adapting to student life. For more information, and to see the eligibility requirements, visit: https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowance-dsa
- Student accommodation can be expensive, especially when you need specialist rooms. Student Finance will sometimes pay the difference between a standard and an accessible room for students who require them, so it is very much worth enquiring to them about it!
- You may also be eligible for extra support through the university, via your DSA allowance. This could be in the form of a one to one tutor, who would support you throughout your studies.
- Make use of subsidised travel cards for students or people with disabilities in the university area. These can be really useful for when you are on a budget!
- Make sure you get in contact with university lecturers and the universities own disability programme. You will be able to list out your requirements to your lecturers, and make them aware of what you need from them.
- When applying for DSA, you will need proof of your child’s disability. Make sure you have this with you, else you will not be able to continue with the application.
- Once accepted, you will need to have a disability needs assessment. Do not fret, as the cost of this will be covered by the DSA.
- DSA eligibility requirements are available here, and outline exactly who can claim DSA.
- You should hear back after 6 weeks as to whether or not it has been accepted.