disability

Special-needs children lose out on £1.2bn of support, says union | Education

Children in England with special educational needs and disabilities (Send) have lost out on £1.2bn worth of services because government funding has failed to keep pace with soaring demand for additional support over the past four years, according to an analysis. The number of children and young people with an education, health and care plan, a legal document detailing a child’s entitlement to support for special needs, has risen from 240,000 to 320,000 since 2015 – an increase of 33%…

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25 more real-world examples of Virtual Reality – Education Article

A couple of years ago I started up Virtual Reality Working Out Loud Week to promote real-world applications of virtual reality. The inaugural #VRwolweek unearthed 20 real-world examples of the emerging technology, and the enduring popularity of that blog post tells me that we are hungry for more. Loath to disappoint, I hereby present 25 more real-world examples of virtual reality, drawn from this year’s and last year’s events. I thank everyone who contributed to the following list. Kicking off…

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Universities can do more to support their disabled students | Chris Skidmore | Education

Going to university is no longer the preserve of a privileged few. Thanks to successive reforms under this government, including a generous student finance system and the abolition of student number controls, anyone who aspires to a higher education can achieve it. Students of all backgrounds and circumstances are unlocking the potential of a university education and widening their horizons. This includes record numbers of students with a disability. New figures show 94,120 new students with a disability enrolled at…

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‘Sometimes you feel alone’: studying at university with a disability | Education

While the number of disabled people studying at university is growing, they are still far less likely to go than their non-disabled peers. The universities minister, Chris Skidmore, is now calling on universities to do more to support their disabled students, in the hope of encouraging more applications. Here, several disabled students share their stories about what starting university was like for them. ‘Having a disability can make it harder to fit in’ Hillary Mensah Photograph: Hillary Mensah Hillary Mensah…

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Displaced children with disabilities face overlapping barriers – Education Article

The 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report launched two weeks ago, focuses on migration and displacement. In discussing displaced people with disabilities, it begins with a premise established by the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that having an impairment does not in itself create disability; rather, it’s society’s failure to accommodate and assist that ‘disables’. For refugee children living with a disability torn from their homes, the lack of assistance in their new environments is particularly stark. A…

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Disabled and Struggling to Find Work – Education Article

Being disabled and finding work can be hard. There are several things you need to think about when being disabled and trying to find a job. One thing is if you can get to the location if you do not drive. You also need to think about the hours you’ll be working and if they will work for you based on your transportation. For me being in a wheelchair and having to use public transportation is hard. The bus I…

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