As a disabled-led team, we are able to truly focus on every student’s unique learning style and needs, integrating strategies and training to best suit the individual.
Often training in the sector is closer to IT training, rather than Assistive Technology training and often misses the individuals learning needs. That is where we differ. We really care about the students we support and have in-depth knowledge of what it truly means to be a disabled student in higher education. Many of our team members have also been recipients of DSA support!
What we offer to students
“At first I felt overwhelmed getting a diagnosis,” Jamie says. He was provided with specialist 1:1 dyslexia support including Assistive Technology training from D&A and found the help invaluable and went on to get a distinction in his course, which he credits the support of his university and D&A for.
Since then, Jamie has worked in the education and therapy sector and now works as a mental health mentor and specialist dyslexia tutor at D&A, alongside working as a counsellor.
So what makes D&A different?
“D&A is a community which is unique. What’s lovely about that is that many of us started off as students getting help through D&A and we later became trainers. There is a whole community of support here,” Jamie says.
So what is it like to have student support through D&A?
“What is most important is receiving empathy, understanding and experiencing a connection with someone who works alongside you. What D&A offers are people with lived experiences, genuineness and a person-centred and holistic approach which enables people to thrive.
“You’ll develop skills that continue long after your study, which you can carry around throughout your life. You can let go of ways that haven’t been working for you and replace them with new strategies that work well for you,” Jamie adds.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I didn’t have to explain my difficulties in order for the mentors to understand my viewpoint as they came with a wealth of personal experience to overcoming dyslexia. What makes them experts in their field is the fact that they also have dyslexia and are living proof of how to successfully overcome the barriers we face.
Ebony Phipps Thomas, Undergraduate, Goldsmith University