Under the Equality Act 2010, a person has a disability if they have a physical or mental impairment, and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on ability to carry out normal day to day activities. Substantial means the impact is more than a minor one, and long-term means your condition or disability has lasted or is likely to last 12 months or more.

In general, this covers anyone with a mobility or sensory impairment, long term medical conditions including HIV and cancer, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Mental Health Conditions, eating disorders and Specific Learning Difficulties such as dyslexia, where it has an impact on someone’s ability to study or on any other aspect of university life.

Not everyone with a long term medical condition or disability will need or want support and individuals with the same disability may have different support needs. Each person is different and factors that impact on a person’s ability to manage their disability include when they were diagnosed, what support they have had around them, their different personal strengths and their ability to manage in different situations.

If a student wishes to access support, they must provide appropriate written medical evidence to a disability adviser:

  • For a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia, this would be a full diagnostic assessment carried out by an Educational Psychologist or PATOSS approved Specialist Teacher.
  • For other impairments or health conditions, we would need a recent letter or report from a qualified health professional.

If you do not have evidence, contact Disability Support.

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