Media Release: BCA Hugh Jeffrey Scholarship Program – Blind Citizens Australia

18 May 2021

Reducing the barriers to study for people who are blind or vision impaired

20% of people in Australia identify as having a disability yet people with disability make up only 7.3% of higher education enrolments. On top of this, students with disability are the second lowest funded equity group attending tertiary institutions.

This week, Blind Citizens Australia (BCA), Australia’s national representative organisation of people who are blind or vision impaired, launched a scholarship program to support members to take up higher education.

While the Australian Government is committed to ensuring that students with disability can access and participate in higher education by ensuring teaching is accessible and giving students adaptive technology, until now there has been little financial support provided exclusively to people who are blind or vision impaired to pursue further study.

To address the financial barriers to tertiary education, BCA has launched the BCA Hugh Jeffrey Scholarship Program which is exclusively available to students who are blind or vision impaired.

Funded by the Department of Social Services and the Jeffrey Blyth Foundation, BCA’s Scholarship Program seeks to increase the opportunities available to people who are blind or vision impaired to participate in tertiary/further education and provide support for both the recipient and [...]

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