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Disability and Dyslexia: what to expect

The Disability Service helps to arrange reasonable adjustments, support, and funding for your studies. If you are disabled or have a Specific Learning Difficulty, such as dyslexia, please get in touch.

Support can include:

  • Confidential advice by phone, email, drop-ins and appointments.
  • Assessments of students’ access and support needs.
  • Help to access disability related funding.
  • Help to access equipment and assistive technology.
  • Arranging support, such as Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Tuition and Specialist Mentoring.

The Disability Service also offers screenings and assessments for Specific Learning Difficulties.

Students said:

"UAL run a fantastic Disability Service"

"The Disability Service is definitely helping me through my BA"

"The fact I'm entitled to all this stuff is amazing its helped me so much"

Access, support and facilities

For full details of the University’s provision for disabled students please read:

How the Disability Service works

Each student has a named Disability Adviser. The Disability Adviser can support you before and during your course.

Please contact so we can put you in touch with your Disability Adviser. Your Disability Adviser will aim to offer you an appointment within two weeks.

First appointment with a disability adviser

The first appointment with your Disability Adviser usually involves:

  • Identifying any barriers to your studies.
  • Agreeing the adjustments and support needed to remove these barriers.
  • Creating an Individual Support Agreement (ISA) (PDF 731KB). An ISA sets out the adjustments you need for your studies. For example, additional time for assignments. You and your Disability Adviser will agree who the ISA will be shared with.
  • Identifying funding you are eligible for, such as Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs).
  • Identifying equipment, assistive software and support for your studies.
  • Signposting to useful facilities and support.

Your Disability Adviser will ask you to provide disability evidence. However, the conversation will focus on the practical steps to remove disabling obstacles. The Disability Adviser won't focus on your diagnosis.

Conversations with your Disability Adviser are confidential to the Disability Service. We only share information with your tutors or other departments with your permission. However, there are exceptions if you are at risk of harm.

Students said their Disability Adviser was:

"Proactive and helpful"

"Patient and accommodating"

"Helpful, kind and patient"