Disability Support at King’s are a team of specialist advisers, who offer information, advice, and guidance to both prospective and current students, who have a long-term medical or mental health condition, Specific learning difficulties (SpLD’s) or other impairments that impact learning.
This article will give you an overview of how Disability Support can assist you throughout your studies, and some of the other services you can access.
What do Disability Advisers do?
Support with Personalised Assessment Arrangements
If you have a diagnosed disability, Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), or a medical condition that may affect your performance in written exams, you can apply for Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA), which is managed by the Central Examinations Office at King’s.
Disability Support can, however, help you when applying for PAA, and can review your supporting evidence before you submit your application. Take a look at our article What are Personalised Assessment Arrangements (PAA) for more information.
Support with King's Inclusion Plan (KIP)
A King's Inclusion Plan (commonly called a KIP) records your disability-related study needs and recommended adjustments that King’s can put in place to meet your needs, based on your disability. The information in your KIP will be available to teaching and support staff in your academic department and also relevant contacts in any other King’s department responsible for implementing adjustments.
How can I get a King's Inclusion Plan?
Disability Support can support you with creating a King's Inclusion Plan (KIP) To create a KIP, you'll need to arrange an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss your needs further. Take a look at our article How do I register with Disability Support for the first time? for more information on how to register for the service.
Support when applying for funding
Our Disability Advisers can also support you when applying for Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), a grant that can be used to pay for the additional costs of studying that cannot be met through reasonable adjustments provided by the university.
Examples of how the DSA grant can be used for include:
- Paying for specialist equipment, and software
- Funding non-medical helpers such as one-to-one study skills support tutors, specialist mentors, sign language interpreters etc.
- A general allowance for printing costs and travel costs may also be offered
Our Disability Advisers can also help you when applying for other sources of funding, and have an additional fund for those who are not eligible for Disabled Students Allowance.
Support with Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)
A PEEP is prepared for anyone (staff or student) working or studying across our campuses, who may have difficulty leaving a building independently in an emergency (such as a fire evacuation). A PEEP should cover all requirements for evacuation, not just fire. (e.g. security alerts). Our Disability Advisers can also help you with obtaining a PEEP.
Additional learning support
A team of Specialist Learning Support Tutors provide interim learning support sessions for:
- Students who are in the process of applying for Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA)
- International, EU, and other non-DSA funded students
These one-to-one support sessions are aimed at helping students overcome difficulties by discussing individual learning styles, and needs and introducing helpful techniques to use, alongside your studies.
A learning support session is non-subject specific, and can cover any aspect of your learning at King's (such as organisation, approaches to reading, essay writing, revision, etc) but can't be used to proofread work.
Important to know: Disability Support also has a small team of Specialist Learning Support Tutors who provide learning support sessions to students not eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance.
How can I contact Disability Support?
Disability Support are currently offering online appointments through Microsoft Teams or by telephone. Take a look at our article Accessing Student Support and Wellbeing remotely for more information on arranging an appointment.
What other support can I access for my disability?
Libraries & Collections are committed to providing an inclusive service for the wider King’s community. Students registered to have a disability will receive extended library loans, and will have access to a wide range of facilities throughout their studies. You can find out more in our article How does the Library support disabled students?
Assistive Technology Rooms (or Booths)
We have 10 Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs) that are distributed over 5 campuses, that provide a quiet study area with PCs loaded with assistive software applications, and access to printer and scanners. You can find out more about ATR's in our article How can I access Assistive Technology Rooms at King's?
Important to know: To use an Assistive Technology Room or Booth you'll need to contact Disability Support to register for access.
King’s Careers & Employability
Careers and Employability offer lots of support for disabled students, including a range of events, longer appointments and exclusive internship opportunities. You can find more information in our article How does the Careers and Employability Service help disabled students?