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For students with disabilities

Increasing numbers of students with disabilities and long-term health conditions are gaining access to higher education as institutions become more responsive to individual needs. 

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Colleges and universities provide support for students with, for example:

  • specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia
  • long-term health conditions or impairment
  • mental health conditions
  • mobility difficulties
  • sensory impairments 
  • autism spectrum disorders

This list is not exhaustive and institutions should provide support for anyone with a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out day-to-day activities. You can find out more on the Disability Rights UK website.

In order to get the support you need, you should seek advice as soon as possible. In the first instance, look at the website of the college or university where you intend to study to find out what kind of support it can provide. The college/university’s student support service can give you more information and most institutions have disability advisers.

The kind of help institutions can provide include:

  • assessing individual learner needs
  • making arrangements for physical access
  • providing special equipment
  • helping with additional funding applications
  • arranging access to specialist services

Useful information, including education factsheets and guides, is available through Disability Rights UK.

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