My lecturers were also on it when it came to placements, we started my pre-placement learning agreement from day one. Going on placement in a new environment was difficult as I didn’t know what support and adjustments I would need until I was working in that environment. However, my lecturers were very supportive of this and we regularly review my pre-placement learning agreement. For example, I undertook a placement just before Christmas 2019 and discovered some more challenges on placement that I’d never come across due the increase in expectation. My university and educator dealt with this amazingly well and arranged a meeting as soon possible to discuss my difficulties. We figured out between us what I needed and amended my pre-placement learning agreement ready for my next placement.
In addition, I have a learning contract provided by Sheffield Hallam University states my needs, and additional support that I may need. My Disabled Students Support Allowance and support plan from Student Finance England is different to my learning contract at my university but both institutions work together. It was in fact my university that requested a change with my transport on my DSA plan so instead of claiming the money I can claim back for my disabled taxis every month I now only pay a small fee and don’t have to send my receipts in. This also wouldn’t have happened without SFE and the taxi company I use being on it and I’m so thankful for all 3 of them working together because they have saved me so many hours!
Attending university with a disability is daunting but knowing your rights and the law is valuable and don’t be afraid to speak up because it will make life at university so much easier. The strongest piece of advice I would give is to build up a relationship with your lecturers and work as a team to figure your needs.
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