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    nobody could begrudge having some of our taxes allocated to help people with health complaints/disabilities, to make their lives a bit easier. Especially when you think of some of the loathesome entities that receive huge chunks of public money thanks to the labour government...I say give people who need a bit of extra help as much as possible to help them out or at least to help put them on a par with non-disabled people in terms of ease of living.
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    but how would free photocopying help?and internet costs? and im still not convinced bout the computer/printer/cartridges thing as a non disabled person needs that stuff too :-\

    If someone is visually impaired then a laptop, printer or cartidges may be needed as an individual may need specialist software which could only be used via a computer to enable the individual to study to the best of their ability.

    For example, not all people who are visually impaired can read braille, so there is specialist software that needs connected to a computer which can read out various literature, can read out what the person is typing. The individual may have difficulty writing but can type easily when using a specialist keyboard with larger printed keys.

    I too have received a pc, printer, scanner, mini disc player with microphone, specialist desk and chair and footstool and have expenses covered for extra photocopying etc. The disabled students allowance is not means tested.

    Those that say "i don't see why disabled people should get these things", should try living a day in the shoes of the person with a disability and see how they manage studying without having the additional technical support!!! :rolleyes:
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    Hey i dont begrudge disabled people things to make their lives easier! I just wanted some explanation as to why they had such things given to them. Now i know.
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    (Original post by Fleece)
    why did you get these things? That doesnt seem very fair to be honest.
    I got a minidisc player because i have absence epileptic seizures which are blankouts. i look normal to every1 else but i am actually unconscious which means i miss loadsa info in lectures tutorials etc etc etc so i record them and can play the lectures back so i know what i have missed!!!
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    The funds for stuff like (fixed £200 I believe) photocopying etc, also is also an allowance for extra books - hence, the possibility of covering something missed in lectures for books, batteries should you need it (for any equipment for disabled people - eg I have hearing aids and batteries for them are v. expensive), I often find I need to photocopy more than the average person even in school because my notes are so half-wrong because I can't lipread and take notes at the same time... all sorts of reasons.

    And as someone else said, so many people leech off the government without giving anything back - what's wrong with funding students who are going to become educated, work for the country and eventually pay a fair bit in tax, and help them out a little? It's one of the beauties of our country's system, that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. It's not means-tested at all, but you definitely need a letter from your GP/Consultant/equivalent attesting to the fact you have a disability, and I think they double-check too. It's quite a complicated process - you get assessed --> then it goes to the funding authorities --> then they get in touch with the uni to see what's practical, so on and on. I don't know anyone who's had assistance irrelevant to their disability. The point of the assessment is to find out a person's precise needs (eg I didn't get a laptop because I didn't need one but I'm getting a recorder thing to record lectures I think).

    It's a shame really, I told some people I get a personal notetaker and they sort of started complaining, saying it was really unfair etc, that I got notes from someone else. Then they questioned me as to whether I would have to be in lectures and everything; I don't think some people realise that most disabled people aren't lazy so and sos, they want to go beyond their disability to do the best they can, and sometimes they need help to do so!
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    Please don't think i'm bashing disabled people! I was genuinely wondering why people got this stuff! I dont think disabled people are lazy at all :-s
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    Please don't think i'm bashing disabled people! I was genuinely wondering why people got this stuff! I dont think disabled people are lazy at all :-s
    I don't think you were! I think you were just curious (and rightly so, it isn't fair if they just hand out anything to anyone who asks).
 
 
 
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