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Postby guest » Tue Dec 14, 2004 4:05 pm

Iv herd if your dyspraxic you can get a free laptop from the physicist is this true?
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Postby Helen » Tue Dec 14, 2004 9:05 pm

Hello,
I have never heard of a scheme which entitles those with dyspraxia to a free lap top. However I believe that some schools, in exceptional circumstances, will give pupils with dyspraxia access to a lap top to complete work.

If anyone knows differently to this then please let us know the details.

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Postby parnassus » Tue Dec 14, 2004 10:25 pm

Schools will usually allow a dyspraxic person to do their work on a laptop or an Alphasmart, but the student usually has to provide their own. If the student's family isn't well off the LEA will sometimes help out, but the circumstances have to be very special. I do know someone whose school loaned him a laptop, but he had to return it when he finished there.

If you are a student who is going to university, however, you can apply for Disabled Student's Allowance - a sum of money that can be used to pay for specialist services or equipment. So yes, if you are officially diagnosed dyspraxic and are planning on going to uni next year, the LEA could provide you with a laptop.
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Postby Helen » Wed Dec 15, 2004 11:57 am

Hi Vicky,
Thanks for that info. I can also add that there is a disabled student allowance available to students training to be nurses/midwives to cover any extra costs incurred during training due to disability, including dyspraxia, dyslexia etc.
I believe that university students with learning difficulties are in general given a far greater level of emotional and financial support etc than the average school child, where it seems to be a lottery and the support offered depends very much on individual LEAs. I think schools and LEAS could learn much from universities and the support they give students with dyspraxia etc.
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Postby Guest » Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:36 pm

How much is the disability allowance roughly?

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Postby parnassus » Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:30 pm

The amount of money you receive depends on how severe your dyspraxia is and what support you are likely to need. You apply for the grant through your Local Education Authority, sending them a copy of your assessment report. The LEA will then decide how much to give you.
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Postby k9ruby » Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:04 pm

I used to use an alphasmart but because it is extremly limited, and my typing is WAY quicker than my writing, when i go back to school after the easter holidays i will be using a proper laptop complete with IR port, USB mouse, and all of the office programs...life is sweet! :twisted: :P
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Postby parnassus » Fri Mar 25, 2005 12:31 pm

That's brilliant. :D

I love my laptop. I practically worship it. It has been my faithful companion through hundreds of timed essays, homework assignments, tests, and pieces of coursework. In fact, I think I ought to give him/her a name as a reward for all his/her hard work - he/she needs to be treated as one of the family.

No, I am not mad, I just think a 'Name the Laptop' competition will be interesting. All suggestions welcome!
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Postby rusty » Sat Mar 26, 2005 10:11 pm

i use a palmtop in school but my parents had to provide it. my school is not very clued into dyspraxia we do have a learning support block but it only deals with dyslexic people which is vers furstrating
I got into 6th form
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Postby parnassus » Sun Mar 27, 2005 9:16 am

Our special needs centre used to be very similar. It has only been up and running for five years, and as the school is extremely rooted in tradition the specialist tutor has an uphill path to tread. Some of the teachers still refuse to acknowledge that there are special needs in what is supposed to be a highly academic establishment. Dyslexics are just lazy, dyspraxics don't exist. The governers only decided to employ a support teacher when the daughter of the Head of Technology was diagnosed with dyslexia. He made enough waves in the staffroom to convince the people in charge that something had to be done.

There are several teachers who are wonderfully supportive and do their best to help and understand. All my A-Level teachers are brilliant. But it's definitely not like that lower down in the school. My special teacher gets terribly frustrated because not enough teachers refer children to her for testing - they just take matters into their own hands and ignore the support block's existence.

In a school with nearly eight hundred pupils, just over forty are diagnosed with learning difficulties. Five of those are dyspraxic. I am one of them.

Five out of eight hundred. No way. No way. There have got to be more, but where are they? Who's helping them? It does take time to change attitudes, that I will accept, but it's the children who pay the price in the meantime.
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Postby medrich11 » Tue Mar 29, 2005 7:23 am

I only know one other in a 1049 strong school but I guess that we are just special. THat's the way to think about it. special.
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Postby Katielauren2001 » Mon May 23, 2005 4:24 pm

parnassus wrote:Schools will usually allow a dyspraxic person to do their work on a laptop or an Alphasmart, but the student usually has to provide their own. If the student's family isn't well off the LEA will sometimes help out, but the circumstances have to be very special. I do know someone whose school loaned him a laptop, but he had to return it when he finished there.

If you are a student who is going to university, however, you can apply for Disabled Student's Allowance - a sum of money that can be used to pay for specialist services or equipment. So yes, if you are officially diagnosed dyspraxic and are planning on going to uni next year, the LEA could provide you with a laptop.

I use an Alphasmart but ,people say I can't write and that really upsets me.
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Postby parnassus » Mon May 23, 2005 5:20 pm

I have a nephew with autism who hardly ever speaks. Despite this, I know he is a thoughtful and intelligent person. Not being able to speak is not the same as having nothing to say.

The same can be said about writing. Not being able to write is not the same as having nothing to write about. So what if you have difficulty with physically manipulating a pen? So did Hans Christiaan Andersen, the famous writer. It doesn't matter how you get your words on paper, providing you get them out somehow.
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Postby daniel lines » Wed May 25, 2005 6:58 pm

hi i have never heard of an idea like this but i wonder how you can get them ha ha ha :D
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Postby Hermionefan5 » Thu May 26, 2005 2:17 am

Sounds like you guys have a lot of resources over in Europe to get laptops at schools. Here only the richest school districts have them. My district has a lot of money, but it has to be used for building new schools and they don't have much comepared to other districts who get laptops for EVERY child. I have my own, and it is the greatest. Her name is Grace, after Grace Adler on Will and Grace. That is how much my laptop means to me. Call me crazy. I still sleep with stuffed animals. 8) Anyway, I just wish that dyspraxia and NLD were considered more in the US because laptops help a lot with these disorders. Mine helps me organize time, communicate, and write essays faster. Granted, most professors want essays on computers anyway. :) I hope there is a day when all kids can have laptops because they help out everyone so much!! I am greatful to my family and all of the people who gave graduation gifts to me for helping me get Grace, my laptop. :D
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