Universities across the UK are getting ready to welcome a new batch of students in September.
But are you ready to support your new intake of learners?
Nearly ten per cent of students identify as having a disability and there’s a range of things you can do to help you disabled learners achieve their potential.
For example, did you know that you can signpost your disabled students to apply for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) to cover some of the extra costs they have because of a mental health problem, long term illness or any other disability?
Your students can get DSAs on top of their other student finance and they won’t need to repay them either.
The amount each students gets depends on their individual needs, not their household income.
For the 2017 – 2018 academic year, full-time students can apply for a DSA to receive up to £5,358 for the whole course
DSAs can help your disabled students with the costs of:
- specialist equipment, e.g computer hardware or software that is needed because of a disability
- non-medical helpers
- extra travel because a disability
- other disability-related costs of studying
DSAs cover specialist equipment like assistive technology, whether that’s hardware like screen-readers or software like Recite Me and Include Me.
Recite Me is an accredited supplier for DSA funded accessibility software, which means your students can use their DSA to buy Include Me to help support their learning.
Include Me offers a wide range of accessibility and language features that make any piece of digital content accessible to any disabled student. This includes word documents, pdf’s and websites.
Or by adding Recite Me to your website you can offer a wide range of accessibility and language features to let students access your institution’s websites.
Recite Me and Include Me are cloud-based accessibility software programmes that will let your students access websites and digital documents anytime, anywhere, on any mobile device or PC because it’s what they want and need.
Both are great for people with learning difficulties like dyslexia or disabilities such as full or partial sight-loss, or loss of mobility through wide-ranging health conditions.
If you want to ensure you’re supporting your disabled students by making your academic content more accessible book a free trial for your university now.
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