Boyzone’s Shane Lynch has kicked off the AbilityNet Claim It! campaign, which is aimed at raising awareness of the availability of the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
DSA is a Government grant which can be claimed by UK students in higher education. You don’t have to be registered disabled to claim the funds, which don’t have to be repaid, but recent statistics suggest that at least half the eligible students don’t claim this valuable extra funding for their education. The charity, AbilityNet want to highlight and address this lack of awareness, with the help of dyslexic pop star Shane Lynch from the Irish boy band, Boyzone.
DSA can be claimed if you too have been diagnosed with a condition like dyslexia – or ADHD or tinnitus, for example. The allowance can help cover the costs of the specialist hardware or software you’ll need to help you with your studies and will pay for other things you might need, like training to use the equipment you can buy, extra study support and travel expenses.
Shane Lynch explains how dyslexia has affected his life and offers a very personal insight into his world and the challenges he has faced because of dyslexia, in an interview which you can see on YouTube .
For more information on AbilityNet and how to claim the Disabled Students’ Allowance, visit the AbilityNet website. Information about AbilityNet can also be found on: Facebook /abilitynet, Twitter @abilitynet and Instagram ClaimitDSA.
For information on assistive technology training, go to the Vocendi website.