[access-uk] Re: Financial assistance for school students.

George,

        Thanks for that information and your offer of help. I tried to call
today, but missed you. Will try again tomorrow with a little luck.

Regards,
Léonie. 

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
George Bell
Sent: 28 May 2008 21:00
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Financial assistance for school students.

Hi Léonie,

This is a highly specialist, not to say emotive subject, and preferably not
one I would necessarily want to go into detailed discussion about publicly
on this list.  I'll be more than happy to have a private chat by telephone
if you want to call me at the office on 01604 792777.

However, as others here may have similar concerns, the extremely broad
answer is that if the student has recognised disabilities of any kind, then
they should be what is called "Statemented" by their local authority. This
essentially is a summary of his or her disability, or disabilities, and what
is required in an overall sense to see the student through the education
system.  It need not be set in stone, and covers many aspects from staffing
support to equipment.

If I'm not mistaken, 13 years of age is not "Higher", but "Secondary"
education, so still under the Local Authority wing.

In later years, post secondary, support may come under the DSA (Disabled
Student Allowance) which is yet another matter.

But as I said earlier, I'm very happy to chat privately when perhaps it's
possible to be more specific about circumstances, and I can draw on my 30
years or more of working with such cases.

Suffice to say that I suspect he may have a good case if the circumstances
are right, and the issue is approached correctly.  Let's talk.

George Bell
Managing Director
Techno-Vision Systems Ltd
76 Bunting Road Ind. Est.
NORTHAMPTON, NN2 6EE, UK.
Tel: (01604) 792777
Fax: (01604) 792726
mailto:george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
web: http://www.techno-vision.co.uk


-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Léonie Watson
Sent: 28 May 2008 20:06
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Financial assistance for school students.

Evening,

        I'd be grateful if anyone could shed any light on whether there are
grants available for school students with disabilities.
Specifically, a 13
year old boy who is looking to buy a laptop that will enable him to remain
in mainstream school and access information written up to the digital
wipeboards that his school uses.
 

        I know it's possible to obtain a grant as a higher education
student, but I don't know anything about school students. Is the school
perhaps obliged to help, or the LEA? Any guidance would be much appreciated.
Thanks.

Regards,
Léonie.

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