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Press release: for release 17th September 2001



Contact: Liz Victor:
Tel: 020 7450 0620 or

lizv@skill.org.uk


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, Skill’s 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 Skill’s website development is not stopping there. Skill’s 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 Skill’s interactive services keep up."

Contact: Liz Victor (020 7450 0634) or
lizv@skill.org.uk


Notes:


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 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.

2.  Into HE 2002 is available from Skill by contacting Sue Beckford priced at 10 for professionals and 2.50 for students.

3.  Other books in the Into…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 sue@skill.org.uk. 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.


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