Press release: for release 17th September 2001
Contact: Liz Victor:
Tel: 020 7450 0620 or
New Opportunities for Disabled People
Thanks to the New Opportunities Fund and Skill: National Bureau
for Students with Disabilities, it is now easier for disabled people thinking of going to
college to make contact with specialist staff in further and higher education.
At the launch of Into HE 2002 on 17 September 2001 at Church House, Westminster, Margaret
Hodge, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning Minister said "Into Higher Education
2002 is an invaluable source of advice for students with disabilities. It contains
practical guidance about the support and financial help available - including what help
students can get towards the costs of equipment, travel and living expenses. This guide
will help students make informed choices about their education and help them get the most
out of their time at university."
At the event Skill also launched interactive web based versions of Into Higher
Education and Into Further Education, which allow the user to identify, access information
about and make direct email contact with all institutions providing further and higher
education courses in the UK.
Barbara Waters, Skills Chief Executive said, " we are particularly pleased to
be able to build upon the success of the 'Into' series with the inclusion of further
education for the first time. We are only able to do this kind of innovative work with
funding from the New Opportunities Fund"
But Skills website development is not stopping there. Skills Services Director
Martin Sissons said, "This is only the start of things to come. The website has been
a very popular service with over 500 people visiting the site every day. We expect these
numbers to increase with the introduction of Into HE and Into FE, on line publication
sales, conference bookings, recruitment advertising and donations. Developments in
interactive services are increasing at an alarming rate and we have to make sure
Skills interactive services keep up."
Contact: Liz Victor (020 7450 0634) or [email protected]
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 1.30-4.30pm Monday to Friday on
0800 328 5050 (voice) or 0800 068 2422 (text). Extensive information is publicly available
on Skills 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
2. Into HE 2002 is available
from Skill by contacting Sue Beckford priced at �10 for professionals and �2.50 for
3. Other books in the
series include Into Art, Into Architecture, Into Law. Into Science and
Engineering and Into Teaching. More information is available by contacting Sue Beckford at
Skill. Chapter House, 18-20 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW, 0207 450 0620 (voice), 0207 450
0650 (text) or by emailing [email protected].
Booklets are priced at �2.50 for disabled students and �6.50 for
professionals including p&p
4. Skill received a grant of
�129,680 from the New Opportunities Fund in September 2000 to develop services provided
through its website and to establish www.skill.org.uk as part of
the National Grid for Learning.