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Case Studies: Betsy

Betsy was diagnosed at an early age with autism and spent her school years receiving additional help and extra time in exams. During this time, Betsy became aware of the added attention and wanted to be more independent. To avoid the attention to her autism in Higher Education, Betsy would tell people she had dyslexia. As it turned out, she was later diagnosed with this in her first year of university.

Although Betsy was aware of the DSA through a friend, it wasn’t until her mother suggested that she apply that she looked into it in more detail.

“The effort it takes to apply for the DSA is minimal, and it’s worth it!”

Betsy found her online assessment with A2B Assessments involved a lot of detailed questions, but it was in a casual, informal conversation. When she didn’t know how to answer a question, she found her assessor to work around her to get everything they needed. Her assessor, Sheena, was incredibly patient and allowed her to take the time she needed to answer the questions. There was time to go through the recommended software and pick out what may be best. It was here when she realised how much information and support she was receiving. There was an explanation of what will happen post-assessment and clear instructions to contact the companies directly to set up the software. A2B offered additional help as Betsy had some problems contacting suppliers, and again, she found them to be incredibly patient.

betsy case study

Betsy believes Audio Notetaker and Present Pal will be useful in the future as she finds reading her biggest challenge. As classes are still online, she hasn’t been able to put these to use but is excited to use them. Funnily enough, Betsy didn’t think she would need Zotero, a referencing tool, but it turns out that this has been very useful! The most used software so far has been Read and Write. This is helpful for University studies and outside of studying. This support Betsy has received has saved her the stress of not understanding the topics discussed.

Advice
“The effort it takes to apply for the DSA is minimal, and it’s worth it!” If it wasn’t for receiving the support, Betsy feels like her anxiety and stress levels would be through the roof when it comes to coursework.

Case Studies: Betsy

Betsy was diagnosed at an early age with autism and spent her school years receiving additional help and extra time in exams. During this time, Betsy became aware of the added attention and wanted to be more independent. To avoid the attention to her autism in Higher Education, Betsy would tell people she had dyslexia. As it turned out, she was later diagnosed with this in her first year of university.

Although Betsy was aware of the DSA through a friend, it wasn’t until her mother suggested that she apply that she looked into it in more detail.

betsy case study

Betsy found her online assessment with A2B Assessments involved a lot of detailed questions, but it was in a casual, informal conversation. When she didn’t know how to answer a question, she found her assessor to work around her to get everything they needed. Her assessor, Sheena, was incredibly patient and allowed her to take the time she needed to answer the questions. There was time to go through the recommended software and pick out what may be best. It was here when she realised how much information and support she was receiving. There was an explanation of what will happen post-assessment and clear instructions to contact the companies directly to set up the software. A2B offered additional help as Betsy had some problems contacting suppliers, and again, she found them to be incredibly patient.

Betsy believes Audio Notetaker and Present Pal will be useful in the future as she finds reading her biggest challenge. As classes are still online, she hasn’t been able to put these to use but is excited to use them. Funnily enough, Betsy didn’t think she would need Zotero, a referencing tool, but it turns out that this has been very useful! The most used software so far has been Read and Write. This is helpful for University studies and outside of studying. This support Betsy has received has saved her the stress of not understanding the topics discussed.

Advice
“The effort it takes to apply for the DSA is minimal, and it’s worth it!” If it wasn’t for receiving the support, Betsy feels like her anxiety and stress levels would be through the roof when it comes to coursework.

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