A-levels are tough enough – but they’re made harder for pupils with disabilities | Frances Ryan
Anyone who took their A-levels while coping with mental health problems, chronic illness or disability deserves a particular cheer when they collect their results today. The idea that disabled people “overcome” our disability to succeed is a pity porn cliche, and anyone trying to pat a disabled teenager on the head for leading a normal life will rightly get short shrift. But the reality is, getting the grades at school while having an illness or disability means jumping extra hurdles, not only involving our own health issues.
The inequality still facing disabled young people in Britain means there can be multiple barriers to learning – anything from a teenage girl with anxiety unable to access mental health services, to a wheelchair user doing their homework in an inaccessible bedroom.Continue reading...