Deciding to go to university was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, and I’m glad I didn’t let any doubts – because of my disability – get in the way. It hasn’t been without challenges, but there’s been support and guidance through every stage of the journey.
Before starting, I had no idea what help was available. I thought I’d be facing it alone. I was struck down with a debilitating illness, known as chronic fatigue syndrome or ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), during my first year of college. I struggled through to the end with the help of understanding teachers, but little external support.
At the time of applying to university I didn’t even consider myself to be a disabled student, so it didn’t occur to me that I would be eligible for any support. Through a recommendation I decided to take a chance and apply for Disabled Students’ Allowance, not realising how invaluable it would prove.