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    i don't know if anorexia/bulimia is cosidered a special need b/c it undoubtedly affects the child's progress. What about psychiatric illnesses?
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    (Original post by wiwarin_mir)
    interesting. I know people who can't read things off white paper, so they need either a coloured filter or have everything printed on coloured paper
    That's me. My computer screen is coloured as well and it really pisses me off when people make their web pages look pretty and not offering options for the colour.

    I've got dyslexia and psioritic arthritis. I also have a thyroid gland that doesn't work much. The psoriasis and arthritis are probably an auto immune response so I take immunosupressive drugs. People think I'm parranoid when there is a cold or virus going round because I try to avoid them. Basically it is easier for me to catch something and if it is a cold then it can turn into a chest infection quite easily because I take codeine which supresses the cough reflex so the gunk stays in my lungs.

    So if I ever meet any of you lot and you have a cold I'm not being paranoid or antisocial just careful.

    I was reading about aspergers and there is a theory that it is an extreme male brain. I'm not saying it is, just that it is a theory proposed.
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    (Original post by fifi53)
    people used to get a little pissed off i got extra time in exams - though i felt i needed it. i came out with 11 A*s for gcse... i cant help but think if i hadnt had those extra few minutes to just relax and take my time/ check over at the end, i mightve dropped a grade or 2!!! specially where in an art exam you could end up with 4-5 extra hours! that irritated people.

    about DSA... does anyone claim it here? i think i might apply. do you need to state specific equipment/ transport/ etc you require and they judge each request on its own... or can you just make a general vague claim for day to day expenses? not sure if you have to be registered disabled either... as i am not... dont need no more labels!
    hmm, i had some (well, 1 really) people being outwardly hostile about the fact they didn't think i 'needed' extra time..(admittedly when he was desperate to make his offer & he was certain i'd get 5As.. ) well, if it were allocated on your likelihood to get a certain grade without it then the whole system would end up being ridiculous.. :rolleyes:

    when i was filling in the LEA forms i ticked the more info about DSA.. & consequently had my computer reimbursed..yay.. that cheque was a nice surprise! & as my degree progresses i might need some more specialist equipment. in Hampshire you have an assessment & they make recommendations. it's not a blank cheque but for expenses specifically related to the disability.

    Crana..very astute!

    can't say i've heard of mental illness being eligible though..hmm. that would become a little hard to assess? + the argument of a direct effect it has on your exam ability doesn't seem particularly strong?
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    (Original post by Elles)
    hmm, i had some (well, 1 really) people being outwardly hostile about the fact they didn't think i 'needed' extra time..(admittedly when he was desperate to make his offer & he was certain i'd get 5As.. ) well, if it were allocated on your likelihood to get a certain grade without it then the whole system would end up being ridiculous.. :rolleyes:

    when i was filling in the LEA forms i ticked the more info about DSA.. & consequently had my computer reimbursed..yay.. that cheque was a nice surprise! & as my degree progresses i might need some more specialist equipment. in Hampshire you have an assessment & they make recommendations. it's not a blank cheque but for expenses specifically related to the disability.

    Crana..very astute!

    can't say i've heard of mental illness being eligible though..hmm. that would become a little hard to assess? + the argument of a direct effect it has on your exam ability doesn't seem particularly strong?
    if youre talking mental "illness" then that can be classed as a disability... as you can get disability living allowance for it. what people dont realise is that theres a difference between mental disorders and illnesses... as a general rule i htink you have to have some kind of psychosis to be classed as mentally ill (this seems a little daft but hey). therefore neurotic condtions like depression, anorexia, anxiety arent counted under that heading... just illnesses like schizophrenia, manic depression and very severe psychotic depression would count. though an anorexic could almost certainly claim for their resulting physical disabilities.
    as a crazy person i'd like to think they would give me money for prescriptions (cost me a fortune at the moment), transport to appointments, a computer in my room would be good so that i can work in peace and quiet. dont know how likely they would be to give me any of that, but i am thinking i will apply. also will have to beg with the uni to give me extra time for everything!!! sometimes my brain literally empties itself and i know nothing... can take me forever to write an essay as i literally just black out and know nothing!

    (Original post by fifi53)
    if youre talking mental "illness" then that can be classed as a disability... as you can get disability living allowance for it. what people dont realise is that theres a difference between mental disorders and illnesses... as a general rule i htink you have to have some kind of psychosis to be classed as mentally ill (this seems a little daft but hey). therefore neurotic condtions like depression, anorexia, anxiety arent counted under that heading... just illnesses like schizophrenia, manic depression and very severe psychotic depression would count. though an anorexic could almost certainly claim for their resulting physical disabilities.
    as a crazy person i'd like to think they would give me money for prescriptions (cost me a fortune at the moment), transport to appointments, a computer in my room would be good so that i can work in peace and quiet. dont know how likely they would be to give me any of that, but i am thinking i will apply. also will have to beg with the uni to give me extra time for everything!!! sometimes my brain literally empties itself and i know nothing... can take me forever to write an essay as i literally just black out and know nothing!
    Hi fifi
    as far as I understand it your DSA can *only* be used for specific costs arising for both your disability AND being a student.

    I.e. even if you weren't a student you would have to get your prescriptions and travel to appointments, so you would not get DSA for those. But the computer would be different.

    However you can try claiming for free prescriptions and help with travel to hospital under the Low Income Scheme (also covers dentists, opticians etc).

    Also have you looked into getting a pre-pay certificate for your prescriptions - I think it's if you get more than 14 items in 12months pre-paying works out cheaper (you can get them for shorter time periods too).

    Rosie
    Edited to add: PS: I think you can sometimes get DLA, incapacity etc for very severe cases of e.g. depression because some people are so depressed they can't get out of bed, can't work etc...or if you had an anxiety disorder so badly that you couldn't do lots of things e.g. my friend has severe agoraphobia and cannot leave the house... but I could be wrong here!
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    (Original post by crana)
    Hi fifi
    as far as I understand it your DSA can *only* be used for specific costs arising for both your disability AND being a student.

    I.e. even if you weren't a student you would have to get your prescriptions and travel to appointments, so you would not get DSA for those. But the computer would be different.

    However you can try claiming for free prescriptions and help with travel to hospital under the Low Income Scheme (also covers dentists, opticians etc).

    Also have you looked into getting a pre-pay certificate for your prescriptions - I think it's if you get more than 14 items in 12months pre-paying works out cheaper (you can get them for shorter time periods too).

    Rosie
    Edited to add: PS: I think you can sometimes get DLA, incapacity etc for very severe cases of e.g. depression because some people are so depressed they can't get out of bed, can't work etc...or if you had an anxiety disorder so badly that you couldn't do lots of things e.g. my friend has severe agoraphobia and cannot leave the house... but I could be wrong here!
    cheers... i've never got income support cos my overtime normally took me over 16 hours but have thought about getting pre-pay certificates before. asked at the chemist before and they just said they knew nothing about them... hmm, lying i think, they just love sapping that £25 out of me every time i go in!!! will do a google search for it. i am hoping that in the highly likely event i have to resit a year of two of uni cos was in hopsitla too much to go to lectures, then theyd pay me somehting towards that. i reckon they should pay for my transport from hospital to uni... cos if i was at home its really close to the hospital, but from the uni i'd have to get a taxi, which could get really expensive 3 days a week there and back!!! the benefits forms always scare me so much i rip em up and forget about them... but i think i might have another go at the DLA form, particularly if i can claim it as a student (though that doesnt get me free prescriptions like income support would)
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    DLA won't get you free prescriptions but if you have a disability you can claim it regardless of whether you are a student, working or whatever. There are 2 levels for mobility and 3 for 'personal care'. It might also be worth you applying for incapacity benefit. If you are entitled you can continue getting it at uni.

    From what you've said about needing to be alone to study I think you stand a fair chance of getting a computer, depends on your access assesement. Usually if your LEA have recomendations from an access centre they will fund anything from the access assement. You might also get some travel costs, it has to be that your travel costs are a direct result of your disability and they might not pay it all. I get something towards travel, I go to uni 100miles away from home, it's not practical for me to move nearer uni because I live in a bungalow purpose built for someone with disabilities and finding another would be like finding hens teeth. Is there a ring and ride in your area? Most places have them, it's a sort of bus service which you book 24 hours in advance and the bus picks you up from the door and takes you to exactly where you need to be. It costs about the same as a normal bus journey.

    A DSA could also help with something like a note taker if you get really tired and if you need books for longer than your uni library's normal lending you might get a book allowance as well. It's worth applying.

    I know all these forms are a pain but did you know that if you have problems of any kind with DSS forms they are obliged to help you fill it in, and if you are too ill to visit the office they will do a home visit? You can also fill a lot of the forms in on-line.

    get applying and good luck.

    (Original post by fifi53)
    cheers... i've never got income support cos my overtime normally took me over 16 hours but have thought about getting pre-pay certificates before. asked at the chemist before and they just said they knew nothing about them... hmm, lying i think, they just love sapping that £25 out of me every time i go in!!! will do a google search for it. i am hoping that in the highly likely event i have to resit a year of two of uni cos was in hopsitla too much to go to lectures, then theyd pay me somehting towards that. i reckon they should pay for my transport from hospital to uni... cos if i was at home its really close to the hospital, but from the uni i'd have to get a taxi, which could get really expensive 3 days a week there and back!!! the benefits forms always scare me so much i rip em up and forget about them... but i think i might have another go at the DLA form, particularly if i can claim it as a student (though that doesnt get me free prescriptions like income support would)
    no, for the transport from uni to hospital, because say at home you lived further away from the hospital and had to get taxis there, you would not get any help with travel financially unless you were claiming under one of the schemes, on a particular benefit, etc.

    like.....if you weren't a student and just happened to live further away, you wouldn't automatically get money for that. If you lived closer before, and didn't have to pay for transport, that was just lucky, not a "privelege" that has to continue when you decide to move house in order to go to university.

    does that make sense?

    your best bet is to apply for help under low income scheme i think (this is nothing to do with income support btw if that wasn't clear...if you are a student on a low enough income you dont get IS anyway unless youre a parent /disabled etc as well...but you can still be eligible for low income scheme)

    fo the prescription pre-pay forms, my mum is a dentist and they always have the forms available at her practice so if you are going past your dentists (or even anothr one?) you could always ask there!

    rosie

    (Original post by sashh)
    DLA won't get you free prescriptions but if you have a disability you can claim it regardless of whether you are a student, working or whatever. There are 2 levels for mobility and 3 for 'personal care'. It might also be worth you applying for incapacity benefit. If you are entitled you can continue getting it at uni.

    From what you've said about needing to be alone to study I think you stand a fair chance of getting a computer, depends on your access assesement. Usually if your LEA have recomendations from an access centre they will fund anything from the access assement. You might also get some travel costs, it has to be that your travel costs are a direct result of your disability and they might not pay it all. I get something towards travel, I go to uni 100miles away from home, it's not practical for me to move nearer uni because I live in a bungalow purpose built for someone with disabilities and finding another would be like finding hens teeth. Is there a ring and ride in your area? Most places have them, it's a sort of bus service which you book 24 hours in advance and the bus picks you up from the door and takes you to exactly where you need to be. It costs about the same as a normal bus journey.

    A DSA could also help with something like a note taker if you get really tired and if you need books for longer than your uni library's normal lending you might get a book allowance as well. It's worth applying.

    I know all these forms are a pain but did you know that if you have problems of any kind with DSS forms they are obliged to help you fill it in, and if you are too ill to visit the office they will do a home visit? You can also fill a lot of the forms in on-line.

    get applying and good luck.
    also I believe if you take the forms to a CAB office they can go over them with you and help you fill them in
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    i have special needs i have lots of things wrong not sure what they all are most things dont have a name or they do i just dont know

    i in exams have laptop cos i type 3 million times faster than i write
    i cnat write no one can read it not even myself
    i also have dyslixic (cant spell it soz)

    i have extra time cos it takes me longer to take in what they want of me and to understand it

    i also get a reading cos my reading is really bad its like a year 6's

    and my speach we wont go there so lots

    im told i learn best with pictures (but i dont totally agree) when i do html and that lot all coding lol

    anyway

    cya sophie
 
 
 
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