Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs) are non-repayable grants covering study-related costs for disabled students. From 2016 to 2019, I was a recipient of the DSA during my time at university as I have autistic spectrum disorder and expressive-receptive language disorder. As someone with these disabilities, the opportunity to receive the DSA provided a lifeline for me. In this article I uncover what you’ll get and how to apply.
“I wouldn’t tell your employer about your disability, if I were you.”
I was 13 years old when I told my teacher I wanted to find a job. Their response shocked me.
I am autistic and have expressive-receptive language disorder, disabilities that can make everyday life at least a tiny bit challenging, but to everyone else remain ‘hidden’. Invisible.
“You’d be discriminated against,” my teacher had further clarified to me. “If they knew, they’d probably not give you an interview.”
They were saying this out of kindness and concern for me, but their words highlighted something ugly about the workforce that most people ignore.
A-Level Results Day 2019 has finally arrived! All over the country students are opening envelopes with trembling hands, waiting to see their grades and finally have an answer to the question that has been plaguing them since their last exam: ‘Will I get into the university I want to go to?’ For some, the answer will be ‘no’. In this article, one of our interns, Chloe, shares her experience of going through Clearing.