[access-uk] Re: Request regarding DSA

Hi Mike, I'm a DSA assessor at Southampton University's Wessex Needs Assessment 
Centre and have recommended this item in the past, but that was before SFE took 
over the world.  Your course website or handbook should give some sort of 
breakdown of the hours expected for private study and you can cite that in your 
case, and the assignment marking schemes include an element for evidence of 
wider reading than the handouts and the core booklist, again an element for 
your case - bearing in mind that you would be "placed at a significant 
disadvantage against your peers" if denied access to private study material - 
ultimately, if your assignment marks are lower, so will your degree 
classification.

You might also like to argue that the alternative is to have a sighted support 
worker to describe material to you at a cost of somewhere between £15 and 25 
per hour to SFE - if you cost that out at say 2 hours/week over  a 30-week 
academic year x the 3 or four years of[ your course and then add the other two 
arguments...

As for the argument that the university should do all that is reasonable to put 
material in accessible format, that is certainly true, but they can't put the 
entire library in that format unfortunately, and you need to be able to follow 
ideas and avenues as your research develops, waiting for someone to 
transcribe/transform it destroys your freedom to follow those thoughts, and 
they aren't that expensive in the scheme of things.  

The main weakness in your case would be if you have been provided with some 
other piece of kit that could be argued to be capable of representing graphical 
information.  My final point would be, your DSA needs assessor should be making 
this case to SFE for you if they are satisfied that you need the kit!

All the best,
Barry G

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Mike Moore 
  To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Friday, October 15, 2010 4:16 PM
  Subject: [access-uk] Request regarding DSA


  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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