'It removes stigma': how tech breaks down barriers for disabled students
Being a disabled student can be challenging but rewarding with the right support but more still needs to be done.
Figures published by The Department of Education on January 17th 2019 show “that the numbers going to university from this underrepresented group has increased to a record amount. There were 94,120 new students with a disability that started university in England in 2017/18. Representing 13% of entrants this is still below the proportion of working-age adults with a disability, and the minister wants universities to review their offer and provision for disabled students.”
Gemma Long has Autism and has sensory overload because of this, she was diagnosed after she graduated. She received a software to help her with her dyslexia, when she started her teaching training course. The software allowed her to listen to the lecture at home without the background noise.
“I struggled to understand the point of lectures until I got that software,”
You can read more about Gemma’s story and how universities can break down the barriers for disabled students, from the Guardian website.
Alexandra Adams is a third-year medical student with severe visual and hearing impairments. She also takes photos of NHS workers to showcase the diversity in the health service.
"In terms of how I practically complete tasks, I have a Bluetooth stethoscope, for example, which is like a normal stethoscope except I don't put it in my ears, it connects to my hearing aids."
Read more on the BBC website, on how Alexandra works with her patients and her photography project.
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