We have worked with many higher education institutions, big and small, across the UK. From 1-2-1 support for students to staff training and consultancy, you can find out more about our varied work in the higher education sector here.
"As D&A has a team of trainers who are supporting students with assistive technology on a daily basis and are end-users of the technology themselves, we have found that students who have worked with D&A trainers have taken up and engaged more with their technology."
- Alice Speller, Goldsmiths University of London
"D&A’s AT Training sessions and NMH tutorials use a student-centred, personalised holistic approach that ensures the learner is able to use their equipment or employ a strategy in a way that transforms their studies. The Imperial College Disability Advisory Service has chosen to work with D&A due to their passion for social change and educational innovation in the form of enabling technologies and strategies."
- David Mooney, Imperial College London
“Thank you very much D&A team for your vivacious session which kept our staff gasping for more. Your team with their infectious enthusiasm and great teaching strategies even managed to excite our most ICT – resistant members of staff who were very vocal in how much they had enjoyed and benefited from the session. The benefits are already apparent and we cannot thank you enough.”
- Elisabeth Seifert, Newham College, London
"D&A carefully advised us on a selection of software and apps to be networked, based on the needs of our students and staff, the courses we offer and the College environment. We have now got a fantastic range of tools and resources in place that staff and students can use to support all aspects of their learning or teaching."
- Hannah Bannister, Imperial College London
"A particular strength of D&A’s support provision is the embedded end-user led design and delivery of training by those who have lived experience of disability and of accessing support as a student themselves, which can be of great reassurance and support to students when accessing the AT training."
- Helen Young, University of Oxford
"We have also been impressed by the focus on quality, on ensuring students are helped to build effective and sustainable strategies, and by the learning plans which allow other support workers (such as study skills tutors and mentors), as well as disability advisers, to have an understanding of how the students they support are using their assistive technology."
- John Harding, University of Cambridge
"D&A has always had a good reputation and we have worked with them over many years. They do things differently. They are more personable and creative than other organisations and they have a thorough understanding of neurodiversity... We have always received quality support, that is reliable..."
- Jonathan Thompson, London South Bank University
“We chose D&A as one of our providers for Assistive Technology (AT) training because they are student-focused. D&A was able to show how assistive technology can be used to aid each individual student's needs rather than training students on every feature of the software."
- Karen Hocking, Plymouth University
“D&A’s integrity and learner-centred vision permeate all aspects of their services - they really do listen to what students want. As a disabled-led organisation, it's clear that this makes a difference in the dynamic of the support provided, as D&A trainers relate to their students and the barriers they face, so can offer practical advice and support. On that note, some of our former students, having received D&A support went on to work at D&A as trainers, so there's a nice model where D&A provide employment opportunities for disabled graduates as well.”
- Lisa Forbes, University of Roehampton
"The phrase 'nothing about us, without us' could have been written for this social enterprise; they are passionate about what they do and they offer so much of their time, free of charge, to support disabled people both in person and in developing this invaluable resource bank."
- Lynn Wilson, National Association of Disability Practitioners
"D&A's insight into Disablement and (neuro)diversity was critical in highlighting the importance of the Inclusive Technologies Project at Imperial College London, drawing the conversation away from disability, to difference. It was a really important shift we needed to make to ensure the inclusion of all our staff and students."
- Mike Horner, Imperial College London
“I was immediately struck by D&A's very passionate and inspirational approach to providing assistive IT training to students in receipt of DSA. They demonstrated this through the encouragement of the use of free Apps, in addition to the standard DSA approved software provided to students...The holistic approach offered by this company chimed with RADA's student support policy through which we aim to foster creativity and celebrate the neurodiversity of the student cohort.”
- Patricia Myers OBE, Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
“Having worked in the disability field myself for many years, I was immediately struck by the clarity of D&A’s understanding of disability as a social phenomenon, as well as their empathetic and refreshing approach to working with students with a range of learning difficulties. Non-Medical Help is too often delivered as a ‘one size fits all’ package which students are expected to fit their needs around. Diversity and Ability take a very different view. Their training service starts from the premise that each individual has specific and distinctive needs. Their aim is to empower individuals by demonstrating how strategy based support can be effective, accessible and tailored to suit these needs.”
- Roddy Slorach, Disability Adviser, St George's University of London
"D&A is that rare breed of a company that is passionate about the students and the sector that they operate in, they are a company with a heart. Not only this but they are clearly trailblazing in terms of knowledge, ideas and developments coupled with professionalism, speed and efficiency."
- Sarah Richardson, London Metropolitan University