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Making the Most of Education and Training: Info Sessions for 16 to 25 Year Olds

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About these sessions

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Do you go to sixth form, college or university? 

Are you currently in work-based training, or thinking about what to do next?

We’d love to see you at our new drop-in-on-Zoom sessions for 16 to 25 year olds, happening throughout October.

Each session will focus on a different topic related to higher or further education, and work-based training. They’ll start with a 20 minute presentation, followed by 40 minutes for questions and a discussion.

Use the sessions to:

  • share the difficulties you’ve faced
  • swap tips with other deaf young people
  • get expert advice from the National Deaf Children’s Society
  • help us support deaf young people like you better.

We’re particularly interested to find out about the challenges you’ve had with communication support or accessibility, and how you overcame them.

You’re welcome to join us for as many of the sessions as you like. We look forward to seeing you there!

Who these sessions are for

These sessions are recommended for deaf young people aged 16 to 25 in higher or further education, or work-based training.

What are higher and further education, and work-based training?

  • Higher education means studying a course that’s a ‘level’ higher than A-levels. This is normally at degree level and after you leave school at 18. Courses can be studied at university, online, privately or at college.

  • Further education means studying a course or doing training, but not at a university or degree level. For example, studying a diploma at sixth form or college. This is usually after you leave school at 16.

  • Work-based training opportunities are where you can work and learn at the same time. These include apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships.

Communication support

We will ask that you keep your cameras on for communication. Closed captioning and British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters will be available. For more information contact [email protected]

Upcoming sessions

Week one: Communication support

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  • Wednesday 6 October
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • on Zoom.

At this online event, we will explore different types of communication support, for example British Sign Language interpreters, notetakers and lipspeakers.

We will discuss the different options and the challenges that can come with booking communication support. 

Week two: Benefits

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  • Wednesday 13 October
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • on Zoom.

In this session, we will discuss the different money allowances and benefits that you might be eligible for such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Universal credit, and how you can apply for them.

We will also talk about Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) which you can apply for to help fund access costs at university. For example, to pay for special equipment like a radio aid or microphone.

Week three: Technology

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  • Wednesday 20 October
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • on Zoom.

Let’s talk tech! In this session, we’ll help you get a better understanding of the types of technology that could support your studies and help you access your lectures and training.

Week four: What it’s like to be a deaf student at college or university

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  • Wednesday 27 October
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • on Zoom.

In this session, we will talk about deaf identity, including the ways you can explain your deaf identity to other people, to help you get the most out of your education and overcome the barriers you might face during your studies.