Amazing Things Happen with Autism - we have unique struggles, but also unique talents. But when people understand, with the help of great videos like this, then really amazing things become possible for people with autism and those who know them! ... See MoreSee Less

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"Don't wait to be told that you are ready" - the story of how Peter Dinklage, feeling trapped in a job he loathed, leapt into the unknown at the age of 29 to become the one and only Tyrion Lannister!

Many prospective students might be going through something similar, agonising over whether or not they are ready. Our advice? Follow the example of the most famous dwarf in the world, and take the leap!
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The App that helps the blind to see! Introducing Aipoly, the app that lets your smartphone detect and describe objects, allowing people with visual impairments navigate their surroundings! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck today to all those collecting their #alevelresults . Whatever the outcome, there are many options available! Why not take a read of our Student Consultants blog about A Level results! www.access2learn.co.uk/results-day-what-next/ ... See MoreSee Less

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As much as we hope you will not need it, here's a really helpful guide to UCAS Clearing if you don't get the results you were hoping for on Thursday!

The important thing to remember is this; just because you didn't hit your target, it doesn't mean the journey's over!
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If you're a fan of HBO's 'Game of Thrones', you'll know this man as Jon Snow, the 'White Wolf' and 'The King in the North'. But did you know that when he's not fighting white walkers, Kit Harington is supporting disability charities around the country, who in turn support people like his cousin Laurent, who has Down Syndrome and Autism. ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you heard of Multiple Sclerosis? It is a condition that degrades the central nervous system, and affects millions of people all over the world. Symptoms are incredibly diverse, but people with MS can experience pain, fatigue and even paralysis.

If you are a student with MS, you are eligible to apply for Disabled Students Allowances, and therefore have a chance of receiving various support packages, including specialist equipment and human support!
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"You don't have to be perfect; you just have to be perfectly you"

With words of wisdom like those, autistic Jeffrey Ford really earns his status as a certified genius as he teaches us to not only accept, but celebrate difference and even use it to our advantages. Difference, after all, is fundamental to variety, standing out and innovation, so why not embrace your differences?
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"In making that first contact, I opened a door ..."

Every six seconds, somebody makes a phone call to the Samaritans. Two such people, Jon and Georga, made that phone call. Now they speak candidly about just how important that decision was in saving their lives.

The Samaritans offer confidential and non-judgemental emotional support to those feeling distress or despair for all kinds of reasons. Whether you are a student under stress, or just someone who feels alone and you've hit rock bottom ... anyone, anywhere can turn to the Samaritans.
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'Journaling' - unfortunately when most of us hear that, we immediately think of teenage girls writing about high school crushes.

In reality, journaling is one of the most effective ways to shed negative emotions such as anxiety, stress or depression by putting it to pen and paper (or computer and keyboard) and examine it from an objective standpoint, rather than spiralling deeper and deeper with an overwhelmingly negative monologue.

Thus, Dr Sandford has taken to calling it 'self-therapy' as he delivers this enlightening talk on the uses of journaling. So if you are struggling with mental health or just need to get something off your chest, why not try 'self-therapy'?
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"When you learn to love yourself, when you learn to master your emotions ... then and only then are you free".

Sean Stephenson, author, therapist and motivational speaker, delivers a serious helping of #WednesdayWisdom by telling about the only thing that's really keeping you prisoner - your mind.

Despite being born with osteogenesis imperfecta, which leaves him no more than 3 feet tall, with fragile bones and wheelchair bound, the only thing that's ever held Sean back is the prison of his mind - and now he's here to tell us all how to be free of it.

Please enjoy this profound, hilarious and enlightening talk 🙂
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For people with Autism, loneliness is a sadly common feeling. It is often difficult for them to communicate their feelings and opinions, and making friends can be a real hardship.

Fortunately, they are able to turn to charities like Autism Anglia. With support available to them, autistic people don't have to feel quite so lonely all the time.

Thanks to Autism Anglia for their great work, and this video!
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"I got 99 problems ... palsy is just one".

Maysoon Zayid, comedian, actress and dancer, brings the house down but lifts our spirits with this hilarious yet uplifting story about her life with Cerebral Palsy and her incredible successes, breaking through the glass ceilings of being a disabled Muslim female with her father's motto: "You can do it, yes you can-can"!

Food for #ThursdayThoughts ... and laughs!
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Disabled athletes or superhumans?

Perhaps it's time we reinvent the word 'disability' and stop associating it with the common stigma of inability to do certain things, of being lame or useless, and just watch what happens when those we call 'disabled' can swim or run so blindingly fast or lift several hundred kilos! Does that sound 'disabled' to you?

How's this for #MondayMotivation?
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"Because a mentor believed in my potential - because my coach treated me like a person" ... it really doesn't take much for disabled people to succeed, other than encouragement and support. Same as anyone else really when you think about it!

Food for #ThursdayThought, courtesy of the What Can You Do Campaign!
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Autistic Pride Day: Why I’m proud to be Autistic

Autistic Pride Day: Why I’m proud to be Autistic

Did you know dear reader, June 18th is a very special day for us Autistic people and our families – a special event celebrated around the world, from Brazil, to London to Israel – a day dedicated to celebrating neurodiversity and the unique identity, abilities and...

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Why every university needs a Disability Society

Why every university needs a Disability Society

Why every university needs a Disability Society   Of all the accomplishments that I have to write about on my CV, dear readers, there isn’t a single one I am prouder to talk about than being the founder and first chairman of the Disabled Student’s Society of De...

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Diabetes Awareness

Diabetes Awareness

Of all health conditions on record in the UK that have a claim to be one of the most common and under-supported, Diabetes has one of the strongest. According to Diabetes UK, Diabetes is ‘the fastest growing health threat facing our nation’, with over 3 million people...

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The DSA Freshers’ Survival Guide

The DSA Freshers’ Survival Guide

Hi again, readers. The blog is back, and since we’re so close to the new academic year, I thought I’d offer some advice to our brand new starters, for whom these next couple of weeks will rocket by. In particular, I thought I’d offer some advice to our disabled...

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Results Day – what next?

Results Day – what next?

So once again, A-level results day has come and gone. Some of you are at this moment rejoicing the success of your studies and are looking ahead starry-eyed towards the university and course of your dreams. Others have not been so fortunate, and are at this moment...

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Introductions: A bit about myself

Introductions: A bit about myself

My name is Tom, Student Consultant with Access2Learn, and on behalf of our company, welcome to the first instalment of our blog and thank you very much in advance for taking the time to read it. So why write a blog? Glad you asked … although, technically you didn’t,...

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