[access-uk] Re: Request regarding DSA

leanor,

I am still working, and I got offered more work through the Uni as well!!

The graphs are part of my course and I have a support worker explaining the graphs for me. However this is no use at home, for me to check the graph is correct.

I think that DSA are just being awkward!

Regards,

Mike
----- Original Message ----- From: "Eleanor Burke" <eleanorburke@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 9:29 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Request regarding DSA


Surely Mike if they are associated with data you are manipulating is this data not related to your course and if so then surely the equipment would be course related. However, if it is totally different and work related perhaps you could get it via access to work or have you given up work totally now that you are studying? Is a sighted person producing the tactile graph for you?

Eleanor
----- Original Message ----- From: "Mike Moore" <mikeis@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 7:59 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Request regarding DSA


Hi,

DSA is also an allowance for purchasing equipment which may be required in order for one to have an equal opportunity to complete the course.

The item would be used at home for me to produce graphs, based on statisticle data, and making comment on these graphs.

The University would have no part in helping me to produce these, as they are NOT handouts or course material.

If I do not feel these graphs, how can I make a personal comment on them? Thus, I am at an unfair disadvantage.

If someone in the past has been awarded funding for something like this, I would be interested to know. I have my email address at the bottom.

Cheers,

Mike

MikeIs@xxxxxxxxxxxx
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jonathan" <digitaltoast@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 4:49 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Request regarding DSA


Speaking as a sighted user, oddly enough I was looking at the Zychem
pricelist just earlier today.
Tricky one, this. The fuser appears to be about £510, but did you know you can get the sheets processed from 52p each (minimum order £10)?

The lady I spoke to at Sight Village, Ellen Summers, seemed very helpful. You never know, they might even know of a second hand one.

As far as DSA goes, though, I can't really understand your complaint. DSA says: "Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help if you want to study a higher education course and have a disability. DSAs are grants to help meet the extra course costs
students can face as a direct result of a disability".

But you're saying it's for your "independant work at home and has in
effect nothing to do with the University".

So, from that, I'd say it was probably the case.

On 15 October 2010 16:16, Mike Moore <mikeis@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hello,

I hope this is within the boundary's of the list:

I am requesting a Zychem fuser to give tactile representations of graphs, which I create. DSA are saying that it does not fall within their requirements of supply, and it is the responsibility of the University to provide all class material and handouts in a format I can access.

My argument is that this is for my independant work at home and has in effect nothing to do with the University's duty to provide other materials.

Can anyone advise please?

Thanks,

Mike
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