Welcome to the Disability & Dyslexia Service (DDS)
The DDS provides a confidential and professional service where you can discuss individual requirements on your terms. So whether you have a physical, sensory, mental health or unseen disability, we are here to support you. The University is committed to providing an inclusive environment and aims to support disabled students and those with specific learning difficulties by changing policies and practices, and providing practical support. If you think the Disability & Dyslexia Service can assist you in any way please contact a Disability Adviser as soon as possible.
You will be offered a professional, sensitive and confidential meeting with no obligation to take things further if you do not wish too.
Responsibility for your education remains with you, and your choices and preferences will be respected.
Disclosure, Confidentiality and Consent
Under the DDS Confidentiality Framework, all information you provide is treated as sensitive and is held confidentially, except in the most extreme circumstances (i.e. Where: you are putting yourself at some serious risk; your behaviour is adversely affecting the legal rights of others; staff are being placed in a position where their professional integrity is compromised; disclosure is required by law).
When you meet with a Disability Adviser for the first time, you will be asked to sign a Data Consent Agreement, agreeing that the DDS can store your information and share appropriate information with appropriate staff and external stakeholders (please note: If you do not want any information shared within the University or wider, the support which can be provided may be restricted). The DDS does not routinely include the details of students’ disabilities in communication with other University staff. However, your Disability Adviser will discuss with you, the benefits of making an Enhanced Disclosure, whereby some more detailed information about your disability can be be made available to appropriate University Staff. This is entirely optional and will be discussed in full during your appointment.
If you have a disability, health condition or impairment, you will be requested to provide documentation relating to your disability. This may be in the form of a letter from your consultant or doctor outlining the nature and extent of your impairment / disability. The documentation can be used to apply for DSA funding to cover the cost of your support.
Specific Learning Difficulties are conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD: if you have a Specific Learning Difficulty you will need to provide a post-16 diagnostic assessment report conducted by a suitably qualified person, such as an Educational Psychologist. If you do not currently have an appropriate assessment report please see our information on Assessments and contact a Disability Adviser to discuss further.
Your Individual Support Plan
Your Disability Adviser will then compile your Individual Support Plan which summarizes the support and adjustments which have been agreed. For more information on the types of support available please see Support and Services. Section B of your ISP will be made available to appropriate University staff in order for adjustments to be put in place as appropriate. This will include information about any recommended adjustments for examinations. Where an enhanced disclosure has been made, a statement about your disability (as agreed with you) will be included.
If your circumstances and therefore your support needs change, please contact a disability adviser so that your Individual Support Plan can be updated.