The case studies in this section are from individual disabled people who talk about their experiences in further and higher education, training, employment and volunteering.
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is at college and getting ready to start university soon. He talks about his transition from a residential college, to a mainstream college, and his plans to go to university.
describes his experiences of leaving school, going to Further Education College and moving on to his first year of university.
talks to Skill about his experiences as a student ambassador, visiting young disabled people in schools and colleges.
a Computing student at Sheffield Hallam University, talks of how his love of wheelchair basketball influenced his choice of university and the many possibilities that university life has opened up for him.
a blind student of English at the University of West of England, talks of her progress through school and college to university and the invaluable lessons she learned along the way.
Len Van Arendsen,
a Criminology and History student at Sheffield Hallam University, describes the support he has received and how it has helped overcome initial concerns and give him the confidence to mentor new students.
a History student with reflex sympathetic dystrophy at St Johnís College, University of Cambridge relates why she felt daunted at the prospect of university but how, with the support she received, it proved to be incredibly rewarding.
a student of Multimedia Technology at Glasgow Caledonian University, describes how a deterioration in his vision led him to reconsider his options, apply to university and discover a fascinating new career.
a University of Brighton Sociology and Criminology student with cystic fibrosis explains how planning ahead helps you get the most out of your time at university and how she felt encouraged to go on to do her Masters.
a maths student at the University of Bath, talking about her experiences
of studying with ankylosing spondylitis.
a history student at Liverpool University who has ME, talks about: the
different treatment she receives when she's using a wheelchair or not;
the involvement she has had with improving disability support at the
university; and her confidence about the future.
a law and French law student, talks about how having a mental health
difficulty has affected her experience of university.
is a mature student and single parent with MS, who overcame doubts about
her abilities to go back into study by taking an English degree at Sheffield
Hallam. (taken from Skill's publication, Into Higher Education 2003)
a visually impaired student, has been impressed with the support structure
at his university. (taken from Skill's publication, Into Higher Education
describes his experiences from primary school through to University where he eventually is
given the support that he needs to fulfull his ambition.
a blind student, talks about doing a HND in practical journalism and
the support she has received.
has now been a doctor for two years. Jane was born with congenital abnormalities of her hands and more significantly in her legs resulting in bilateral below knee amputations. Read her account of going through higher education and her experiences whilst studying to become a doctor.
is determined to fulfil her ambition to become a doctor. Here she talks
about how she has tackled the admissions process for medical courses
now a qualified solicitor in the City, was determined not to be put
off by other peoples' doubts about her ability as a black, female wheelchair
user, to pursue a top career in law. (taken from Into Law, Skill's guide
for disabled people considering a career in law)
after completing an HNC in building studies, found it difficult to find
employment, but is now running his own practice as well as advising
a Government advisory committee and his local Council on access issues.
(taken from Into Architecture, Skill's guide for disabled people considering
a career in the architecture, surveying and building professions).
Kelly Hjersing, who has dyslexia, describes her
year doing a PGCE to train to become a teacher.
Finance and Banking
Kieran Prior is an equities trader with a major investment bank. Here he talks about his ambition to work in this field and how having secondary dystonia, an impairment which affects his movement, has not limited his life choices.
who has learning difficulties, describes his experiences as a volunteer.
(Taken from Into Volunteering, Skill's guide for disabled people considering
Sharon Smith left
her job in the mid-1990s when her vision deteriorated. Here she talks
about how returning to college and work experience is helping her to
work towards permanent employment again. (Taken from Skill's Into Work
Experience guide for disabled people.)
Bertram Li Mow Ching describes the success of
his work placement at the Home Office as part of his degree in Business
Studies and how he contributed to raising awareness of disability issues
whilst he was on his placement. (Taken from Skill's Into Work Experience
guide for disabled people.)
How Skill helped:
who has dyslexia, to find funding for her university course.
[Updated 23rd May 2007]