How I found my vocation: ‘As a black, deaf student, I work 10 times harder’ | Education

I feel like I’ve got two identities: being deaf and being black. It’s a double struggle to fit in and I’ve had to work 10 times harder than my classmates. [A recent report from the National Deaf Children’s Society, which analysed government data, found deaf pupils in England are struggling “at every stage of their education”.] I was born hearing but became ill with meningitis when I was a baby. After that I became deaf. I grew up in Barking…

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‘It removes stigma’: how tech breaks down barriers for disabled students | Education

Rustling crisp packets, shuffling feet and the general buzz of conversation made lectures a trial for Gemma Long during her first degree. She suffers from sensory overload connected to her autism, which was only diagnosed after she graduated. But when she started a teacher-training course at the University of Huddersfield, she received access to software to help her cope with dyslexia and found it transformative. It allowed her to listen to lectures quietly at home, which dramatically improved her grades.…

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Families rally against special educational needs funding cuts | Education

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities have staged protests across England against funding cuts. On Thursday afternoon, children, parents and teachers marched in 28 towns and cities including London, Bristol, Leeds and Birmingham in the first national action of its kind. Organisers of Send National Crisis said about 1,000 people attended a rally in Parliament Square in Westminster. Among the speakers was the campaigner Emma Parker, whose son James has spent 29 months out…

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Pupils with special educational needs to stage funding protests | Education

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are to stage protests across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school. Parents, disabled children and their supporters will march in more than 25 locations on Thursday, including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Widnes, Worthing, Stevenage, Leamington Spa, Matlock, Colchester and Dorchester. It is part of a campaign by families whose struggle to secure the support their children…

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Ripping off the band-aid of my disability – Education Article

Discussions, disguises and defining moments My initiation into the social microcosm of tertiary education was over crackers, camembert, and several bags of sweets, with 4 other people I’d met in my very first lecture. As we walked out of the lecture theatre, we began formal introductions, establishing an immediate rapport through our shared inability to see the point of the three-hour developmental psychology lecture we’d just endured, and making a pact to bring something sugary every week to see us…

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25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality – Education Article

A couple of years ago I started up Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week to promote real-world applications of virtual reality. The inaugural #VRwolweek unearthed 20 real-world examples of the emerging technology, and the enduring popularity of that blog post tells me that we are hungry for more. Loath to disappoint, I hereby present 25 more real-world examples of virtual reality, drawn from this year’s and last year’s events. I thank everyone who contributed to the following list. Kicking off…

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students | Chris Skidmore | Education

Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it. Students of all backgrounds and circumstances are unlocking the potential of a university education and widening their horizons. This includes record numbers of students with a disability. New figures show 94,120 new students with a disability enrolled at…

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‘Sometimes you feel alone’: studying at university with a disability | Education

While the number of disabled people studying at university is growing, they are still far less likely to go than their non-disabled peers. The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, is now calling on universities to do more to support their disabled students, in the hope of encouraging more applications. Here, several disabled students share their stories about what starting university was like for them. ‘Having a disability can make it harder to fit in’ Hillary Mensah Photograph: Hillary Mensah Hillary Mensah…

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Displaced children with disabilities face overlapping barriers – Education Article

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report launched two weeks ago, focuses on migration and displacement. In discussing displaced people with disabilities, it begins with a premise established by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that having an impairment does not in itself create disability; rather, it’s society’s failure to accommodate and assist that ‘disables’. For refugee children living with a disability torn from their homes, the lack of assistance in their new environments is particularly stark. A…

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Disabled and Struggling to Find Work – Education Article

Being disabled and finding work can be hard. There are several things you need to think about when being disabled and trying to find a job. One thing is if you can get to the location if you do not drive. You also need to think about the hours you’ll be working and if they will work for you based on your transportation. For me being in a wheelchair and having to use public transportation is hard. The bus I…

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