The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS)
If you have specific learning difficulties, physical or sensory impairments, medical conditions, or mental health concerns, you should contact the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS). The DDSS offers confidential advice on suitable educational support and employs a diverse range of support staff to meet your requirements. Our advisers can also assist you with applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowance.
Examples of help include: study skills tuition, note taking, mentoring, mobility scooter hire, liaison with the accommodation office for adapted rooms and the examinations office for special exam arrangements. At your first meeting with the DDSS, you will be able to discuss your specific requirements with an adviser.
We need you to provide us with some information about your support requirements as early as possible in order for us to:
- Meet your individual needs
- Make recommendations to your academic school
- Have your support in place when you arrive
We welcome applications from international students and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Applying for support
If you are a UK resident, it is important to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) before starting at Kent. Visit Gov.uk to download the DSA1 form and application guidelines.
Please inform the Disability and Dyslexia Support Service (DDSS) as soon as you receive notification from Student Finance Direct that the DSA has been awarded as we will need a copy of the Assessment Report.
Registration with the DDSS
It is important that you register with the DDSS before you start at the University. Registering with the DDSS will help to ensure the recommendations within the DSA are put in place as soon as possible.
Support at the Canterbury campus
The DDSS is based in Keynes College and the office is open from 09.00 – 17.00, Monday to Friday. For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0) 1227 823158.
Support at the Medway campus
Full details of disability and dyslexia support for Medway students will be available from the Student Services department located in the Gillingham Building on the Medway campus. For further information contact email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)1634 888969.