These student stories were produced as part of the "Access and Assistance for All" campaign by the British Youth Council, which aims to increase awareness and access to assistive technology within further education. See the main Access and Assistance for All student stories page to learn more about our campaign.


Could you tell us a little bit about your background?

I’m Yasmin, I’m a 3rd year medical student at Imperial College London. I’m originally from the North-west of England. I’m the Academic Officer for Early years, soon Academic Chair 23/24, of the Imperial College School of Medicine. I have been active in engaging with learning, accessibility and digital development to improve accessibility for those with neurodivergence and extra learning needs.

Have you used any assistive technology and faced barriers?

I am neurodivergent, diagnosed with Dyslexia, Auditory processing disorder and visual stress (Irlen’s syndrome). This means I have to take more time to process visual and auditory information I receive,

I didn’t receive the help I required straightaway due to a lack of education around access arrangements and assistive technology. It was only until I applied for university and DAS when I was told I should’ve had access to this technology during secondary school. This meant prior to university, I was disadvantaged compared to my peers in class.

Now, after receiving the support I need, I feel much more confident in my abilities and overcoming challenges. The main assistive technology I use daily Read&Write and Dragon Naturally Speaking.

Why have you joined AAA?

I joined AAA as I want to help raise awareness of assistive technology and the importance of it to help support students in achieving their goals.

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