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Barriers faced by students with visual impairments at university – Callum’s story

Support via the DSA is often a key factor in whether a student is successful at university or not.  Generally, I was happy with the support I received via the DSA.  My assessor was quick to understand my needs and was happy to recommend for me to have a braille note and a Mac.  However,...

Barriers faced by students with a Visual Impairment at Universities – Cindy’s Story

After enrolment on the course, it took until the course began to establish who would be funding my DSA support as it could have been either NHS social Care Bursaries or Student Finance England.  This I found to be very stressful as it was not even clear if my support would be funded for some...

Barriers faced by university students with visual impairments – Kerry’s story

About Me When you think about students it is likely that the image that comes to mind is of the younger person (18 – 22 years old), recently having finished their A Levels and now embarking on the next stage of their academic development.  If that is your idea of a student, prepare to have...
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A blind users view on website accessibility

Website accessibility is very important to me, as I pretty much do everything online, and when a site is not accessible with my assistive technology this not only irritates me, but effectively bars me from using certain companies or services. The worst cases are when a website is inaccessible and there is a booking or...
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Loud and proud about web accessibility

Guest Blog – By Laura Clark from Dig inclusion Companies and organisations can’t wait to promote to us, their customers, and tell us what new and magical product or service they have. With the rise of social media organisations are having to develop a personality, so it feels as though they are our friend as they...
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Don’t be shy online, 285 million customers waiting to buy!

It’s Christmas time and I’m keen to shop online. I have list of items and money to spend, burning a hole in my pocket. My family and friends are going to be so excited and proud when I surprise them with unexpected gifts. I fire up my laptop and start shopping. I manage to find...

Guest Blog – Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability

Web Accessibility = Visibility = Profitability As a screen reader user, having access to websites that cater for visually impaired users/customers is important. Why? There are several reasons; firstly, there are many types of visual impairment and the type of visual impairment can affect the way someone views a website.   Someone may have some useful...

Guest Blog – ‘Are you alright dear?’

‘Are you alright dear?’ One wheelchair user’s experience of customer service As a wheelchair-user, running my own successful company and with a hectic daily schedule, my frustration with the way I’m often treated when I independently do my weekly shopping has compelled me to write about disability awareness in the world of high street retail....
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Guest Blog – Me and my Guide dog “Barney”refused access

Many of you will probably wonder how on earth we get around and survive in big cities like London and Manchester. The short answer is – with great difficulty. This isn’t because Barney isn’t a good worker (he is brilliant), but people think they are somehow above the law. Going out to eat and travelling...
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Guest Blogger – Are disabled people Superhuman??

In a recent blog post I talked about how the topic of disability was being talked about within media. Today, I want to start to look at how the topic is being handled within society. I have recently done a few different interviews with other people who also have Spina Bifida and I asked all...
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