Since I haven't been here in AGES, I think I should start this off to make up for lost time!
University where you studied/are studying:
How long you've been there
Almost a whole three months!
- Severe dyspraxia
- Mild ataxic CP
- Sensory proccessing disorder
Are the accommodation and facilities dyspraxia-friendly?
- VERY. Student wardens are great, really approachable, lovely. Are really good about keeping noise down and my flatmates are very understanding about my senses! Even if I text them at 2 in the morning saying "Mind turning dvd down a notch, head feeling as though small explosion has occurred" and then getting a reply "OK...its only on two!"
- One thing could be improved, I can't use the key very well. Electronic systems would of been so much easier, although now I buzz up and someone lets me in
Is catered housing an option?
- Nope, but you can get a catering package for 10 meals a week. However, although it was tempting to go for a uni with a catered halls I thought two things:
1) I might as well develop strategies to learn how to cook now
2) I have a nut allergy, and I like to know whats gone near my food!
Are the town/campus easy to navigate?
Campus is confusing, but halls and campus are around 20metres apart, which is very good. I have a personal assistant who helps me navigate the campus and also a electronic device called a trekker breeze. However, this doesn't detect stairs!
What resources are in place for disabled students?
I currently have a PA, dsa equiptment, computer/seperate room/rest breaks, and have been recently given 50% extra time, which means for once in my life, I actually completed a whole SERIES of test papers.
Were your teaching staff supportive?
They are, if you warn them. Some are a bit weird if you have a laptop or Dictaphone, and this recently caused me to have to explain my condition over about 7 rows of people in front of everyone (about 50+ people), not. I have taken to printing off a little piece of paper outlining my conditions and why I use the things I do to give to the lecturer at the start of a new module/topic, which has worked well.
Did you find it easy to make friends in that environment?
I have not found any arch enemy's, and everyone is lovely there. Basically its a congregation of computing students, that lets admit it, we are geeks and we get on because we don't get blank stares or weird looks if we say fail or lolcats out loud
Would you recommend the university to other dyspraxic students?
Yes. Make sure your lecturers are informed about your conditions though and how it affects you.
Is there anything you would do differently if you were going through the application process again?
What you are doing now
I am a fresher doing Web Design and also represent my year for the subject
I have also got 3 exams next week, just to get into the Christmas spirit!