Sight difficulties

Typical difficulties at University might include:

  • Making notes in lecture and using visual materials in a lecture
  • Researching/reading
  • Moving around a campus, accessing University facilities and resources

Typical Reasonable Adjustments might include:

  • Provision of course materials in alternative formats
  • Notes in advance of lectures
  • Modifications to examination arrangements e.g. additional time in examinations

Support and resources available via Access SUMMIT might include:

  • Assessment of Needs undertaken by assessor experienced in visual impairment – in conjunction with the RNIB if appropriate
  • Regular contact with RNIB Worker on-site every week;
  • Support package including:-
    • Digital recorder to record spoken information for reference at a later date, or for transcription into another medium;
    • Computer with magnification / screen reading software;
    • Laptop with camera to focus on visual materials being used in lectures;
    • Scanner to assist with reading/researching;
    • Mobility assistance/ Readers / Library assistant;
    • Note takers in lectures, and an amanuensis (scribe) during examinations and assessment;
    • Training to make sure you make best use of the equipment you have;
    • Ongoing Assistive Technology Support to make sure your equipment continues to give you the support you need throughout your course.

Getting the support you need:

  • Support packages are individually tailored and so the first step in making sure you get what you need will be to contact an adviser at your University’s Disability Support Service; if you are studying at one of The Greater Manchester Universities see the contact details for higher education institutions. More information is also available through the NNAC Wiki.

Funding the support you need:

  • Most UK students will qualify for funding via The Disabled Students Allowances – see this page on www.direct.gov.uk for more information about the Disabled Students Allowances.