LEAD Scotland have updated and refreshed their guide, 'Post School Learning Choices in Scotland', for disabled learners and carers.
The new publication is a very comprehensive guide to the full range of learning options for people after school, up to further education level at college, including community learning, distance learning, vocational training, ESOL, employability programmes and further education at college. The guide provides information on:
- Student/learner funding including course fee and living cost awards/bursaries/allowances
- Welfare benefits for disabled people and carers and how learning impacts on benefits
- Educational support for disabled learners
- Qualification levels, the Scottish Credit & Qualifications Framework table and progressing through learning levels
- Useful contacts/further information and signposting
It is available to download HERE. The guide is in electronic accessible PDF format and can be made available in other formats on request from LEAD Scotland.
In the future LEAD Scotland plan to create new shorter and more easily understood fact sheets for people on various topics, next up will be a fact sheet on the Disabled Student's Allowance. The organisation would welcome suggestions for fact sheets dealing with common queries on learning related topics. They will also be updating a separate guide on Higher Education in Scotland in the near future. A full range of free booklets providing information for disabled people and their families/carers as well as for professionals, related to post-school learning can be found at http://www.lead.org.uk/support-for-disabled-people-to-learn/how-we-support-your-learning/downloadable-guides/
LEAD Scotland have an Information Service available to support with queries related to disability and learning - Free phone helpline: 0800 999 2568. The helpline is open 2pm-4pm on Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays and 10am-12pm on Tuesdays & Fridays.
Please feel free to send any feedback/suggestions to LEAD Scotland about the information and the way it is presented.