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DSA & Uni Extra Curricular Trave

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Julia21
Julia21 Community member Posts: 14 Connected
Hello - my son has been awarded DSA for his epilepsy which can be triggered by anxiety etc.
He doesn’t drive because of disability and the campus for his course is a 10 min walk which he does with other course mates. 
Being new to Uni he wants to try some social activities and one thing he’s always done is sing in a choir - at school, church etc. the uni want him to audition but the regular choir and practices (3 times a week) are at another campus 40 mins walk away, each way. He’d also be doing it alone. There’s no direct public transport.
As singing helps with his anxiety and is something social he can do to make friends (that doesn’t involve alcohol - as he can’t drink either due to it being a trigger) I was wondering if the DSA would cover some of the cost of a taxi there and back? 
I realise it’s extra curricular but given it helps with his anxiety trigger and given he’s a bit limited in what he can do socially thought his idea to try and continue singing was a really positive one. However the regular costs of taxis would be difficult on his limited student budget.
Grateful for any thoughts/advice. 

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @julia21 :) 

    I'm not 100% sure whether his DSA could cover that. I'm wondering whether the Disabled Students Helpline might be able to offer you some advice on this?

    If the choir practice is at another campus, is this a problem that other students will also have? Perhaps other students who attend the practice drive there, and could offer him a lift, or could share the cost of a taxi? 

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

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