The Disability and Dyslexia
I have found the service extremely helpful... they did everything they could to help me, whilst also allowing me my independence - which, for me, was the best thing.
The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service is here to support disabled students and students with specific learning difficulties, during their time at the University.
Some of the services are free of charge and others are funded by the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).
The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service may be able to help with the following:
- Applying for DSA funding to pay for specialist equipment and helpers
- Arranging one-to-one support as specified by independent assessors
- Arranging signers, notetakers and other support workers for you as specified by independent assessors
- Screening for Dyslexia
- Equipment loan
- Liaison with academic and other departments about specific assistance you may require
- Discussing any special arrangements you need for exams
Assessment and examination arrangements
Any student who requires special examination arrangements should contact the Disability & Dyslexia Support Service for an application form. If a student has a specific learning difficulty e.g. Dyslexia, a copy of their recent Educational Psychologist’s report must be provided. If a student has a disability or long term medical condition, they will need an up-to-date letter confirming their circumstances from a GP or Hospital Consultant.
The closing date for applications is the end of week 15 of the academic year.
Disabled Students’ Allowance and other funding
UK students can apply for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). This allowance can provide funding for equipment, non-medical support (including specialist tuition and/or notetaking assistance) and help with some other costs, which students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties may need in order to take full advantage of their academic opportunities at University.
The Disability and Dyslexia Support Service is able to provide assistance with applications for DSA and advice on other possible sources of funding.
Some services are available at little or no cost, e.g. liaison with academic departments, adapted accommodation, special examination arrangements, some study skills support. Other, more costly support will be dependent on funding. International students need to ensure funding is available to meet their support needs.