Students with disabilities
Around 30,000 students with disabilities enrol on UK undergraduate courses each year (UCAS statistical data service). This shows that many people are overcoming all sorts of personal challenges to achieve their ambitions. With careful planning and preparation, higher education is accessible for many people with disabilities.
Extensive support is available from universities, and the government will also provide assistance for you to adapt to university life and meet your learning needs.
SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR STUDENTS WITH:
- Dyslexia and other specified learning difficulties
- Visual impairments
- Hearing impairments
- Mobility difficulties
- Medical and mental health conditions
- Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
- Other conditions (please contact the individual university to see if support is available)
It is important to understand how your disability may affect your studies and ensure that you research the support you may need.
Types of support vary at different universities but usually include:
- Ability to record lectures and seminars.
- Adapted accommodation.
- Converted teaching and learning materials into a format that is accessible for you.
- Disabled Students’ Adviser.
- Note takers, readers or library helpers.
- Provision of specialist equipment such as screen readers and computer software.
- Sign language interpreters.
- Special exam arrangements e.g. extra time or use of computer.
- Specialist study skills support.
DISABLED STUDENTS’ ALLOWANCE (DSA)
DSA grants are designed to help meet the additional course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability. The amount you receive will depend on the type of extra help you need – not on your household income.
WHAT TO DO NEXT
- Contact your chosen universities early to find out about the support available.
- Visit the university – special campus tours can often be arranged.
- Meetings can be organised with a University Disability Adviser prior to enrolment if you think you may require special arrangements, e.g. wheelchair accessible accommodation, provision of screen readers.
- Proof of your disability or condition may be required. This may be a letter or assessment from your doctor or specialist.
- Remember to disclose your disability on your UCAS form. This is not compulsory but we suggest you do because it gives the universities time to prepare.
- Apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance through Student Finance England (see below).