17 August 2009 Making Sure University Works For Me
Like with all things choosing a university is one of the big decisions young people make. However it is all the more concerning when you are going to university and have a disability. As choosing a course that has an accessible environment in order for you to work at your best is essential.
I would suggest only to researching access in universities that you will possibly be applying for that do the course you want to study. Also listing aids you have and will need help the university better prepare themselves for your arrival at the start of the course.
A majority of universities do have a disability support advisor but it is always good to check. And if you are really interested in a particular university, it is always good to visit the university and get a feel of what life could possibly be like for you there.
It will be important to make an appointment to meet a disability support advisor as to discuss your needs and find out what the university does and does not have and how they can help to adapt their accommodation to suit your needs. Meeting them early is vital, this way they will be able to make the appropriate arrangements before you start attending your course there.
This funding is for you to be able to purchase aids and equipment necessary for your learning and living at university. They are available on top of the standard student finance package and don't have to be repaid. However it will be important for you to budget how that money is spent, as it also covers travel costs, non medical helpers etc.
Only you know what help or aids you will need. Just like the majority of students you are most likely to take out student loans. You must remember you have to eat maybe clothes, a social life is not free, buying a list of books given to you at the beginning of most courses that you will need throughout your course. You will learn to budget your money and maybe consider getting a part time job for extra income.
I would also advise you to visit the university that you would like to go to and to also ask questions as it is most likely that your tour guide are students currently at the university. For example ask about local clubs and societies within the university and access to them, supermarkets, leisure centres, malls and other.
If you have already been offered a place at university I would advise going to your university and visiting the local life and attractions the summer before you start in September that way you’ll know your way around the area and familiarize yourself with the area like travel and route details, local supermarkets, or distance from your accommodation to campus etc.
By Matilda Ibini
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