As a disabled person, you might regard pursuing further education as something potentially difficult and not worth the sustained effort. However, with the help and support available for disabled students and the enormous benefits studying has, it is definitely worth considering.
Education is about far more than learning and can certainly enrich your life. It can help you gain independence, learn new skills, makes you more employable, build social connections and develop as a well-rounded person.
So, in the face of any reservations you might have, here is why you should consider it:
The Purpose of Further Education
At face value, education might seem to be based on finding out about things that you didn’t know before. That is a simple definition but education also gives people goals and purpose. It takes work and dedication but the outcomes are undoubtedly worthwhile.
Options for Further Education
Education is not necessarily how you envisage it. Different options will appeal to different people, so you could opt for a distance learning or correspondence course if you do not want to sit in a classroom or lecture hall.
There are definite pros and cons to both methods, including convenience and those associated with access and facilities – although there are usually solutions to the cons.
Similarly, as far as courses are concerned, there are hundreds of options regarding the subject matter and various levels to consider. There is a world of difference between further education and studying the prescribed curriculum of your schooldays. Study what you want to study – and enjoy it.
Employability After Studying
One of the apparent motivators behind deciding to study is to improve your employability. Lots of companies and organizations are partnered with different advanced disability studies or schemes to provide employment opportunities.
Committing to gain a new understanding or qualification in a subject is always admired. This is not least by employers who, on the whole, are looking for people with a proactive attitude.
People fresh from studying are often regarded as having new ideas and thinking to draw upon.
Financial Help For Disabled Students
Different grants are made available to help with the extra costs of studying people may have due to disability or a longstanding health condition. As grants are not loans, you do not have to pay it back unless you leave your course early.
It is also important to remember that they are not a ‘benefit’ either, so they cannot be claimed for anything other than extra disability-related costs or expenses you have while studying. These have to be over and above those provided as reasonable adjustments by the college or university.
Going away to university can seem like a daunting prospect if you are disabled. For example, it may be the first time you have been away from home for a significant length of time.
However, this educational backdrop makes it a truly holistic experience. Learning independence and living with other people or in halls of residents is a precious experience.
Support For Disabled Students
Leaving home to go to university is not a gamble based on how well you will survive. Colleges and universities will have staff trained to help disabled people reach their full potential as students. This includes a range of aspects, such as making sure educational facilities are correct and accommodation is appropriate as well as other parts of the experience, such as accessing leisure facilities and so on.
If you do a small survey, some people will undoubtedly tell you that they feel confined to their current career path rather than inspired by it. Many would give anything to have the time and resources to make a change.
If you can do so, you are actually in an enviable position to look around and study towards your dream career.
The Satisfaction of Education
Education can be enjoyable and satisfying – gaining a qualification or accreditation is just the icing on the cake.
In the comment section below, let us know if, as a person with a disability, you are thinking about pursuing your education further.