(Original post by River85)
Well, I think schizophrenia, deafness, blindness, bipolar disorder, epilepsy, dyslexia and severe mobility problems are a bit more serious than a cosmetic scar, an event that happeneed a number of years ago (which, presumably, has had no effect on you) and a big head.
Let me make it clear that the student isn't marched to the nearest computer store and asked to chose whichever laptop they like. They will receive a laptop whose specification is sufficient for their needs, often relatively basic computers. It is very rare that a student will be able to justify having a Macbook, let alone a Macbook Pro.
You are, of course, entitled to your opinion. However, I find it rather upsetting and disappointing that you find DSA a "disgraceful misallocation of tax payers money" when there are many thousands of students up and down the country who rely
on support funded through DSA and, without it, would be unable to complete their degree or, at the very least, be at a major disadvantage through no fault of their own. Let us not forget, as has been touched upon already, that these students are, by and large, doing something useful and constructive with their lives and will bring benefits to society and the economy in the near future.
Without this support disabled students will often be left to significant, for those with moderate or severe needs or those on a low income the cost can be prohibitive. Not providing students this support would also be contrary to all current legal legislation.
So I fail to see how providing a disabled student the equipment and support necessary for them to complete their degree is a disgusting misallocation of taxpayers money.
Can I respectfully ask that you take such opinions elsewhere from now on as posts like that drag threads off topic.
Any further posts not on topic will be removed.
Without meaning to enrage those who disagree with DSA, but it isn't means tested (you get whatever support you need irrespective of your income - this includes computers and equipment) and it's not on loan, it is for the student to keep (providing they complete the course, otherwise the funding body is entitled to ask for it back).
Some universities do lend laptops to students, including those with disabilities, but when computers are obtained through DSA they are for the students to keep (and recreational use is not restricted)
You are correct that the laptops/desktops don't tend to be high value.