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I have worked at the Higher York Access Centre
as an assessor since 2009. Before that I studied a BHSc
(Hons) in Occupational Therapy at York St John University. My
previous employment has been with people with learning disabilities
and mental health difficulties.
I have recently completed a
Postgraduate Diploma in Autism at The University of Strathclyde and
enjoy spending my free time investigating new technologies and
tinkering with computers.
Kevin is the Centre Manager and DSA
Assessor, he has worked in Higher Education since the mid
1980's, supporting disabled students through DSA since
I completed a degree in the History of Art at
the University of York in 2011 before going on to a post-graduate
certificate in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage
Management. Whilst at university I was employed as a
Disability Support Worker. Through this role I worked as a
note taker, library support worker and mentor. In addition I
also worked to make texts accessible for visually impaired students
and so became familiar with a variety of specialist software
programmes. In 2013 I started working at the Higher York
Access Centre as a DSA Needs Assessor. I regularly attend
training sessions in assistive technology in order to remain
up-to-date with what is available.
I have been working at the Higher York
Access Centre since 2011. Previous to working here in my
current role as a DSA Needs Assessor, I worked at the University of
York, first as a Disability Support Worker and then as a Disability
Advisor. My area of particular interest is sensory impairment
and long term medical conditions.
I have worked at the Higher York
Access centre since April 2014. I am originally from the
Netherlands and moved to the UK in 1997. I worked for the Youth
Hostels Association until 2008 and since then I have worked in a
variety of roles most recently as Accommodation Officer at York St
John. I enjoy cycling, walking and gardening.
I have been working in the
sector of disabled student support and undertaking Assessments of
Need for the past 10 years. Before starting work with Higher York
Access Centre in 2007 I co-managed the Equality and Diversity
Office at University of Salford. Whilst I undertake assessments for
all forms of disability, my area of particular interest is complex
support provision and autistic spectrum. I currently work at York
St John University for two days per month, the rest of my time is
spent working with other institutes of higher education throughout
the north of England as a Needs Assessor and HE support
I studied a degree in
English and American Literature at the University of Kent,
graduating in 2008. This included one year at a university in
America, I chose to go to Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.
After this I studied a MA in Postcolonial Literature, also in Kent.
I moved back to York, my hometown, and started working as a support
worker for students with disabilities at York St John University.
This then lead to me becoming a Needs Assessor with Higher York
Access Centre in January 2010. I regularly attend
assistive technology training and assessors conferences to stay
up to date with advances in the field.
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