Maddie and James get transformational tech support

For students struggling with a disability, learning difference or anxiety, reaching the end of a university course can feel impossible without support.

AbilityNet has a team of assessors around the country working with university students who are eligible for Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA). Our assessors recommend specific assistive technology for a student, depending on the circumstances and needs, and it can truly transform their university experience.

In the video we hear from Maddie, who has suffered from anxiety. She has gained so much more from her university studies since having a DSA Needs Assessment and receiving the recommended support. Likewise James, who is dyslexic, got a laptop, text-to-audio playback, a book scanner which plays back audio and a dictaphone. He was transformed from a failing student into to a highly successful student and achieved a 2:1 degree.

“An assessment is just an opportunity for someone to come and sit with you and talk about your challenges so we can help guide you and support you, show you the appropriate support you need and what's available...” says assessor Pauline Beresford.

James is a changed young man, now happily in employment since graduating. “I didn't realise quite how much value this could add to my life..." he says.

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