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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Current Events, Disability Services posted: Nov, 19th 2020

The Urgent Need to Support Disabled Uni. Students

2020 marks the anniversaries of critical legislation for the disabled community: 50th anniversary of the UK Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act and the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act. All combined, both acts have enhanced equitability and access for those with disabilities across the UK striving to protect and support the disabled community. […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Disability Services posted: Nov, 10th 2020

How to Support Your Disabled Student Body During Lockdown

As the UK continues with its second lockdown phasing, it’s important to not forget the disabled community (13.7 million disabled people in Great Britain alone according to the latest available estimates) that continues to still need additional support.  A July 2020 United Kingdom’s government report found that disabled people were disproportionally impacted by the impacts of […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Oct, 22nd 2020

5 Tips to Ensure UK Uni Disabled Students Are Supported

For those hard of hearing, struggling with dyslexia, or another disability as a college student, online teaching services have provided an ease of access to many UK university students in the switch to online course delivery and students services. For those who have mobility issues, not having to navigate a bustling campus or being able […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Current Events, Disability Services posted: Oct, 14th 2020

COVID-19 Underscores Why Student Accessibility Is Now More Important Than Ever

COVID-19 has upended every aspect of our daily lives from how we interact, how we learn, and how we work. For higher education institutions the challenges of providing education and services to students virtually involved faculty/staff navigating a steep learning curve on how to provide content without face-to-face interaction. Yet, initially faculty/staff defaulted to doing […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Oct, 1st 2020

6 Steps UK Universities Can Take to Help Disabled Students

Disabled students across the UK, and globally, were already facing challenges at universities, regardless of the pandemic. According to a June 2020 report by the UK Office for Students, 14.3% of students attending university have at least one disability such as vision impairment, mobility, or a learning disability, among others. Even before COVID-19, the UK […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Disability Services, Student Engagement, Webinars posted: Sep, 17th 2020

Higher Ed Accessibility in 2020  

The month of September not only marks the start of a new fall term, but it’s also International Deaf Awareness Month. First observed in the late 1950s by the World Federation of the Deaf, the month culminates in International Week of the Deaf, which is “dedicated to promoting a greater understand, and celebration, of the Deaf and hard-of-hearing […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Disability Services posted: Aug, 19th 2020

How COVID-19 is Highlighting the Needs of Disabled Students in the UK

As UK universities went into lockdown in the outset of COVID-19, UK Universities scrambled to provide students with a way to study and engage away from campus by utilising technology for remote learning. Now, nearly six months into the new normal of remote learning, it is becoming evident that universities have the capacity to offer […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Events posted: Aug, 18th 2020

Conference Recap: Accommodate Symposium 20

Last month, we held our first ever virtual Accommodate Symposium! The two-day event took place on July 7th – 8th with a total of 140 attendees, representing 79 institutions worldwide. Although we were disappointed that we couldn’t meet with our clients in person this year, we were thrilled to have the largest Accommodate Symposium turnout! […]


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By Helena Okolicsanyi in Best Practices, Current Events, Disability Services, Tips and Tricks posted: Jul, 17th 2020

Students with Disabilities Face Unique Challenges at UK Universities

Like much of the world, as the UK went into COVID-19 lockdown, it left many individuals without adequate resources for adjustments, particularly the disabled. According to Britain’s Office for National Statistics (ONS), 13.7 million people in Great Britain have a disability. Particularly, younger people who are blind or partially sighted, according to an April 2020 […]


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By Alana Ripy in Disability Services, Symplicity Client Showcase posted: Jun, 29th 2020

Overcoming COVID-19 Challenges: Q&A with Marymount Manhattan College

Symplicity asked Lindsay Green, Assistant Director of Disability Services and Academic Access at Marymount Manhattan College, about the impact of COVID-19 on disability services and their use of Symplicity Accommodate during this time. Marymount Manhattan first implemented Accommodate in 2018 and said it was a “game changer.” Ever since COVID-19 closed their campus in March, […]


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