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Disability Support

Engaging with disabled students or students with learning difficulties is of particular importance to David Game College Higher Education Centre (DGHE). We want to create a truly inclusive and caring learning environment to the benefit of all students and staff. At the time of admission students are encouraged to disclose if they need additional support. This will enable the college to identify strategies to ensure they are successful on their course and well cared for throughout their time at DGHE.

Disabled Students Allowance

The Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is a government grant that helps to cover the extra costs you may have as a direct result of your disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty.

It is a grant, not a loan, and does not have to be paid back. DSAs are available to help pay for:

  • specialist equipment, such as a computer
  • non-medical helpers
  • travel costs
  • other disability-related costs of studying

The DSA is designed to fund additional support costs for learning.

Find out more information about the DSA and how to apply at https://www.gov.uk/disabled-students-allowances-dsas

Policy & Procedures

David Game College Higher Education Centre under the Equality Act 2010 tries to take a strategic approach to the promotion of disability equality, and to adapt policies and services to ensure that they take full account of disabled people (both students and staff/employees) by:

  • Promoting  equality of opportunity for disabled people
  • Eliminating  unlawful discrimination of disabled people
  • Eliminating disability-related harassment
  • Promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people
  • Encouraging participation by disabled people in public life
  • Ensuring that text-to-speech options are available throughout the organisation

What DGHE staff can do for students with Dyslexia

  • Special considerations in exams (for example extra time allowed to finish)
  • Offer extra time for completion of assignments
  • Colour code all materials relating to different sections (e.g. Power Point)
  • Allow students to use a digital recorder
  • Allocate a learning support tutor
  • Assistive technology (e.g. text reader/voice recognition software: Clipspeak and Orato for browsing which will read aloud any text copied to the clipboard). Free software applications like Balabolka and DSpeech can convert text into MP3 files
  • Help applications for Disabled Students Allowances

What DGHE staff can do for students with physical impairments/disabilities

  • Provision of lecture and supervision handouts in advance so any electronic notes can be made during the lecture.
  • Written feedback (in an accessible format).
  • Extended library loans
  • Permission to record lectures
  • Reserved seating in lectures to ensure the student can find an accessible seat
  • Rest breaks may be needed due to fatigue
  • Extended deadlines
  • Students with physical impairments may use a range of human support called non-medical helpers which are paid by Disabled Students’ Allowances (e.g. note taking, recording or transcription).

What DGHE staff can do for hearing impairment students

  • Assistance with requesting copies of handouts or lecture presentations in advance from lecturers
  • Support applying for special exam arrangements- such as extra time or rest breaks
  • Extended library loan facility- so that you can keep library materials for longer

What DGHE staff can do for visual impairment students

  • Source digital versions of textbooks from Publisher Lookup website.
  • Have e-book collections available; they have options built in which make them easier to read or they may work alongside other tools like text- to-speech or colour changers.
  • Recording lecturers

Other

Students may have other conditions affecting their studies, i.e. epilepsy, asthma, Multiple Sclerosis. Students are advised to call us for advice, or visit to speak to the welfare support team in confidence.

The Welfare Officers’ role is to aid students by providing support and advice regarding their health and wellbeing within the college. Students are encouraged to talk with the welfare officers if during their studies they develop mental health issues (e.g. anxiety, depression) and are too stressed to cope with their student life.