There have been a lot of articles covering this issue lately, however, this particular issue is a an issue for a number of our clients and a real cause for concern among the families we work with.
It seems that there is a lack of understanding here; because these students have proven themselves to be academically able, does not then follow that they do not need other support to fully access, and make the most of, their education. These students have worked incredibly hard to make it to university. We should be encouraging this kind of motivation and determination.
Often these students have had support throughtout their schooling which must continue for them to be able to access education moving forwards. We can help to ensure there are no missed opportunities.
“The restrictions imposed by the government over recent years, constantly tightening the PIP criteria, have denied many disabled students access to vital support,” says James Elliott, disabled students officer at the National Union of Students. “This could mean many eventually dropping out of their education, as PIP gave them the support they needed to remain independent.” In addition, he believes, recent attempts to block access to PIP for those with conditions such as severe anxiety, will mean tens of thousands more people will miss out, including many students. Lily Boulle, 25, a first-year human biology student at the University of East London, who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that affects joints, skin, internal organs and bones, says she was left “floundering” after being rejected for PIP last September.