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Last night I spent about 3 hours filling in my Disabled Students' Allowance forms and wanted to die. There is nothing quite like detailing EVERY WAY in which you are medically broken to make you feel like a non-person.

I had to fill in three years' worth of forms in one go, because I need some funding for 2015/16 to cover 4 x sessions I had with my disability support mentor before deciding to go on a break in studies, as well as the current year (2016/17) and next year (2017/18), which made the whole experience extra tedious. Although virtually all the questions were the same, so I could copy and paste stuff.

The worst thing was that my name - "Helen-Louise" was too long to fit in the boxes of the older forms because apparently a first name should only have 10 characters in it?! I mean, what?

In other news I am slowly continuing to move people over from their old livejournal usernames to their new Dreamwidth usernames for access and subscription purposes. If you think you should be on my access list and are not currently (can you see this post?) feel free to leave me a comment here.

Date: 2017-06-03 11:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] barakta
This is why I liked having Acrobat Pro, I could fix that stupid shit and send it back to SFE with a "oh hai I fixed it" except for 2015-16 Mark Pimm and I joined forces to tell them what was fucked and I said I didn't have the capacity to fix it cos no Acrobat access at the time (and I was damned if I was doing it from home). They did ostensibly fix a load of fail, but I may not have picked up fail field length nonsense.

Dear SFE, get online forms already, everyone has! GOV UK Digital Accessibility is surprisingly not shit too!

Sympathies! Hope minimal of messing around

Date: 2017-06-04 07:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] nitoda
Good to see you around more, even if only online. Hope the whole getting back into your course thing goes well.


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