At Clarion UK Student Support we place the students at the heart of everything we do. As a result, we enjoy hearing from the student’s perspective, about their experience at University and what can be done better. This year we took it a step further and sent out Ashleigh with a camera to interview four different students. The stories we collected involved more than we could have imagined. The students trusted us with their tales so that others going through similar struggles could know they’re not alone. Here is Colette’s story about battling dyslexia and Deafness to attend University after a 20 year struggle…


Being the odd one out in school knocks your confidence. I grew up thinking I was just plain stupid. A lot of children with hearing impairments will suffer from dyslexia. When we’re learning phonics in school, we miss the sounds and don’t grasp the spellings. Because I understand that now, it makes my learning ability easier, because I know it’s not just me…it’s just “dyslexia”.
Colette Scotton

We posted Colette’s video and story on our website here:

The inspiring story was picked up by a range of different newspapers:

The Cambridge News

British Deaf News

The Hearing Times

Not to mention the hundreds of people sharing it to their networks. 

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up to date, in the next video we speak to a drama student diagnosed with dyspraxia.

If you have a story to tell or would like to collaborate with us, please get in touch with Magdalena on 01763 207910 or drop her an e-mail at

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