Pwp failed advice needed please Watch
Some brief background, I am dyslexic and my partner has mental health difficulties (uni and work are aware of both).
When I started at the work place there was staff changing and an over crowing of trainees. In the beginning things were OK, but previous trainees warned that the place of work was unsupportive. After about two months in my partner had a a very difficult time and ended up in hospital and this impacted my time at the university/service. They allowed me some annual leave from work but informed me that my only other option is to put my studies on hold for 6-8 months. At the time this wasn't an option be ause my partners health was improving but my time away sadly gave them some ammunition for the events that occurred later.
At the time we only had one supervisor and she was incredibly slowly so supervision was a real challenge. We had new assistant PWPs into the service who were getting a lot of support. My cohort were singled out to a point at that a service meeting everyone recieved chocolates for good work in the service apart from my cohort.
By this point we were fundamentally working alone. I kept voicing to the service that I am struggling with my dyslexia and had asked for support but this wasn't honoured.
Fast forward, while struggling and hating the service and being told by them to bare with while we move locations and giving my fellow cohort the "hand" when they came to ask for support. A new senior was hired and she was allocated to me as my new supervisor, the service seemed to settle a little as there were now two sensors for the three cohorts of trainees (18ish trainees in total - in a hot desk service were most qualifies worked from home). I came to that supervisor and asked her to support me in getting an extension for my treatment recording because of my struggles at the beginning of the service. I technically started building my case load later than others. Plus, my clients did not agree to being recorded (I only had two). She refused, conducted an audit of my work and reported me to the university for poor practice. The issues she highlighted linked completely to my dyslexia and the issues we were having as a cohort with no support and poor supervision. This hit me hard, I was taken to a fitness to practice panel and was devastated. I did technically win the panel, they basically questioned why it was bought to the panel to begin with, that the reasoning for it was flawed because they couldn't prove I didn't get consent to record and given that I didn't record any one I've breached nothing and that they have no proof that they tried to support my dyslexia when I had made it clear I had it. I was then asked to return to that work place for three months and redo two out of the three assignments I'd done in my time off during that investigation and the assignments I hadn't done but are counting as second attempts.
I've now failed two of the retakes and been kicked off the course - I'm doubting my abilities and I just don't feel good enough. Someone from the panel is trying to help but I'm wondering if any one has any advice? Should I give up? I'm clearly stupid.
I've been told to complain about the service by the panel and I intend to do so. But I now have this issue.
Plus, they have made remarks on my essay numerous times regarding my dyslexia i.e "this does not make sense, be careful to structure your sentences carefully or proof read" which I found offensive (I might be wrong to find it so) but I always proof read and I try really hard to work around my dyslexia with no support from the service and the university when it comes to assignments (I recently heard that the service can read our assignments as well).
So sorry for the length. Just any advice would be great!
Student life, in partnership with UEA
with a disability under the equality act and dyslexia is one. the univeristy have a duty to make reasonable adjustmnents and to ensure that they are in palce and effective before any assessment that could lead to failure. The duty is on the university not the student. From the brief information you have given here it would appear that they have failed to make adjustments placements and also on your exams . you have been given advice that amounts to discrimination on the adjustments that are about should be available which can include disability leave, fatigue believe, suspending the course,extending placements individual extensions for pieces of work as far as extending the whole course the. All of these are reasonable adjustments that should have been considered for you . the audit of all it of your work in the circumstances and submitting it to affect fit to practice procedure would appear to be harassment of one of the most severe degrees and the professionals involved should probably be reported to HCPC. Fitness to practice is not in a process appropriate approach unless all possible reasonable adjustment are in place. You should seriously consider appealing beeing removed from the course and making a full blown complaint over the discrimination issues that appear to have occurred. If any one of the discriminatory issues you have described is provable and it seems likely that they are then removing you from the course must be discriminatory in its own right. Given the serious nature of this my advice would be to take legal advice from a specialist firm Sinclairs law springs to mind. The amount of damages you might receive I been thrown out of the course I discriminatory action could be can significant. The first step might be to give all this information to EASS(Equality Advisory and Support Service)
in addition it would appear they have failed in their duty under the public sector equality duty which is to promote the cause of those with disability being able to take equal advantage of education.
I do have email evidence that I mentioned wanting support for dyslexia and that nothing changed.
I will definitely do that, I really appreciate the advice.