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16 October 2014
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Disabilities take many forms and should not be a barrier to learning or higher education. There are courses for all and help is available at all levels. Institutions are increasingly accessible with more and more people taking up with challenge. There are the same options and varieties of courses on offer for everyone, all giving you the same benefits and advantages to take into the world.

Different courses can include:


Your local careers company or the Learndirect helpline, 0800 100 900, can help point you in the right direction

Whether less able or able bodied, the same issues and worries apply when deciding which direction to take. Look at the HE and FE sections for more information. Before choosing a place of study, it makes sense to visit the place, talk to students, and view the facilities before making a firm decision. All institutions will also have a disability officer or counsellors who can give you all kinds of advice - emotional, practical, financial - in confidence.

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Money issues for disabled students

  • No age limit on the disabled student’s allowance and they are NOT means tested
  • The Disabled Students' Allowance is a supplementary payment available to full-time students with disabilities who qualify for a maintenance allowance from their Local Education Authority.
  • DSS assess benefits are available for disabled students. Call the benefit enquiry line on 0800 882200
  • After 16 you may be eligible for disability living allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, or income support
  • You may be able to claim housing benefit, council tax benefit, or social fund payments


Dyselxia would, some years ago, have been a reason not to continue into further learning. However, all institutions will now have a specialist dyslexia service to offer help, advice and counselling. Arrangements can be made for things like extra examination time, specialist computers, oral examinations etc. Make contact with the relevant service for help. The University of Bangor is the leading centre in Wales, and has useful information and contacts for students who are, or think they may be, dyslexic. Visit their website or call 01248 382203.

See links for sites relevant for students with disabilities

Cymraeg (Welsh)


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