We offer support to all students with a disability, this could include any of the following disabilities:
- Visual impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Physical disability
- Specific learning difference, ie dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia
- Asperger's Syndrome or Autistic Spectrum Disorder
- Medical Conditions, such as Diabetes, Sickle Cell Anaemia, Epilepsy, Cancer, HIV, Arthritis, Asthma and a number of other conditions.
If you have a medical condition, an unseen disability or any other condition and feel uncertain about whether you will be able to access support, we urge you to contact us as we may be able to help.
We know that each person's disability can affect them in different ways, so the support we offer is flexible and tailored to each individual. We encourage all students with disabilities to contact us to discuss meeting your individual needs.
In order to access the full range of support, you will need to provide medical evidence; this could be a letter from your GP, Consultant, Health Care Professional or report from an Educational Psychologist. If you are providing an Educational Psychologist assessment report, your diagnostic assessment must have been completed post-16 years.
If you are unsure about whether you can access support, contact us.
What is considered a disability?
The Equality Act defines a disabled person as someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and longterm adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day to day activities.
In an educational setting the term disability refers to any impairment that has lasted or is likely to last for more than 12 months and which has a significant and sustained impact on an individuals' ability to access and perform on an academic course. Normal day to day activities are taken to include everything from reading and writing to attending taught sessions.
What support is available?
All discussions about supporting you while you are at our University are confidential and are aimed at encouraging your independence in accessing and participating in your course and student life. Support could include:
- Learner Support Arrangements meeting at application stage to discuss relevant support requirements;
- Advice on applying for the Disabled Students' Allowances;
- Referral for an Educational Psychologist assessment;
- Referral for an Autistic Spectrum Disorder assessment;
- Recommendations for reasonable adjustments and support strategies;
- Signposting/referral to other services.
You can make an appointment to see a member of the team at Student Gateway reception in person or book online through MyGateway.
Alternatively, our contact details are:
T: 0116 2577595