On 7th April 2014 the UK Government’s Department of Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) announced changes to Disabled Students Allowance. This allowance – also known as the DSA – supports students with disability, chronic illness and mental health diagnoses to achieve parity of access to teaching and learning in higher education comparable with their non-disabled peers.
The National Association of Disability Practitioners has outlined how cuts would undermine progress in widening access to higher education for disabled students, and are likely to put new students off applying to university at all.
In a recent article for the Guardian, @slewth says:
“Without this funding – a vital support mechanism in recruitment – higher education will no longer be viable for some. For others, cuts will mean persevering without necessary support, leading to higher drop-out rates, dissatisfaction and lower educational attainment.
Research shows that students who receive DSAs…
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