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For release on 30th September 2002
Low proportion of disabled people entering higher education
A recent report identified that an 18 year old with a disability or other health problem is only 40% as likely to enter higher education as an 18 year old without a disability or other health problem. With the Government and the education sector talking constantly about widening access to higher education for under represented groups, action must be taken to improve this figure. To help to encourage more disabled students to apply to university, Skill has just launched Into Higher Education 2003, an informative and practical guide for disabled students thinking about entering higher education.
Into Higher Education 2003 features lots of useful advice about applications, getting support, grants and benefits as well as profiles written by disabled students about their own experiences in higher education. The guide also includes listings written by institutions offering higher education courses about the arrangements they can make for disabled students. The listings, which include contact details for each institution's disability co-ordinator, can also be accessed as a searchable database on Skill's website, www.skill.org.uk.
Dawn Dyson, writing about her experiences studying
English at Sheffield Hallam University for the guide, said:
Into Higher Education is priced at £12.50
for professionals and £2.50 for disabled students and can be ordered
from Skill, Tel: 0207 450 0620, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interviews with Skill's Chief Executive and with some of the students profiled in Into Higher Education 2003 can be arranged through Liz Victor, Tel: 0207 450 0643, Email: email@example.com.
1. Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities gives information and advice to thousands of disabled students every year on how to maximise their experiences in education (higher and further), volunteering, training, and employment. The Skill information service is open from Monday to Thursday, 1:30pm to 4:30pm, on 0800 328 5050 (voice) or 0800 068 2422 (text). Extensive information is publicly available on Skill's website: www.skill.org.uk. Skill also advises government policy makers and disseminates good practice through publications, conferences and professional networks. Skill is a registered charity with offices in London, Belfast and Edinburgh.
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