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The Snowdon Award Scheme is a charity that provides grants, information and support to help students with physical or sensory disabilities in further and higher education, or training.
The grants help cover the additional costs that these students incur as a result of their disability, where available statutory awards do not cover them. Costs include vital support such as personal carers, sign language interpreters, people to take notes, computers, specialist software, wheelchairs or special accommodation and equipment.
About 100 grants are awarded each year, ranging from £250 to £2,000 and the decision of who gets them is down to an independent selection panel. The panel is made up both of disabled and non-disabled people who have knowledge and understanding of a wide range of disabilities – from sight and hearing impairments to paralysis, cerebral palsy, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, joint and bone diseases and lupus.
Besides giving financial grants, the charity also takes an active interest in individuals, offering encouragement to students during their studies and beyond.
Last updated on 29/10/2013
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