Many students may not realise that they are entitled to support from the Disability Advisory Service. A person is considered to have a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial (‘more than minor or trivial’) and long-term (lasting or likely to last 12 months or more) adverse effect on their ability to do normal daily activities as per the Equality Act (2010) criteria.
This includes students with, for example:
The Disability Advisory Service is not able to support students with temporary illnesses or injuries, or conditions which fall outside the Equality Act (2010) definition of a disability. For issues relating to short-term, temporary illness or injury, you may contact the Disability Co-ordinator and the college doctor for advice on interim support.
Support available to students who declare a disability to the Disability Advisory Service includes a Student Support Plan that details reasonable adjustments and advice to the college/department. Support plans are made with the student and shared only in accordance with the student’s wishes. Reasonable adjustments may relate to:
These are just a few examples.