Sarah’s story

Sarah felt increasingly isolated in her final year before graduation. As life with her newly acquired health condition progressed, she struggled to keep up with the increasing demands of her course. Feeling unsupported by her university, she got in touch with Lead Scotland’s disabled students’ helpline.   Sarah was diagnosed with ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome going […]

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Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Pat’s story

“It’s hard…it looks like we are going to have to battle the system once again,” said Pat, after her son Matthew was told he had to find funding for another year at college himself, including the expensive travel costs he would incur as a result of his impairment. The challenges of funding were putting a […]

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Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Useful Links

Below is a list of organisations that can offer support and advice in a variety of ways you might find helpful. BSL users can get in touch with any of the below using an interpreter through Contact Scotland: www.contactscotland-bsl.org    Advice Service Capability Scotland  – A national provider of disability advice and information. Autism Network Scotland – Advice of services, […]

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Posted: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

Mark Completes Activity Agreement

It has just been 5 months since Mark from Aberdeenshire started his Activity Agreement on Stage 1 of the employability programme back in January this year. He has discovered a new sense of confidence in these past few months. Not only has he nearly completed NC 4 Core Skills in Numeracy but also attended an […]

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Posted: Friday, May 26th, 2017

I can help my son with his homework now

Pauline is a Dundee adult learner on a mission, to find work and to be a good parent.  Pauline experienced a period of anxiety and depression which led to her giving up work. One year on she has now taken up learning opportunities, has had work experience in different sectors and has achieved an Adult […]

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Posted: Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Casey Starts Volunteering at Café Connect

I met Casey and her mum Sharron during November 2016.  Casey is 19 years old and comes from a small village in the North East of Aberdeenshire.   She belongs to a close knit family and has a special bond with her grandparents who live in the same village.  At present, she is living with her […]

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Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

Reasonable Adjustments in Exams

A parent contacted the helpline, looking for information and advice about what their child’s rights were in relation to receiving ‘reasonable adjustments’ for a university admissions test for a degree course their child had applied to. The university was refusing to allow adjustments for an entry exam for their child, who had a specific learning […]

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Organising Support at College

Elizabeth, who is a member of the ASN staff at an Edinburgh school, contacted Lead’s information service regarding Calum, a learner with cerebral palsy who was leaving school and progressing to college the following year. Calum was going to require a relatively complex support package and funding arrangement and his family were not sure who […]

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Helpline Calls

In 2016 we received 202 specialised helpline calls regarding a range of subjects. Below are some examples of calls made to the helpline and their outcomes.    

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

How studying impacts on benefits

A young disabled person phoned the helpline to try and find out how their benefits would be affected if they were to undertake post-graduate study. They were very anxious and frustrated as they had called multiple agencies to try and get the correct information, but had been receiving conflicting answers as their individual situation was […]

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Posted: Tuesday, January 31st, 2017