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Disability and dyslexia: what to expect

The Disability Service helps arrange reasonable adjustments, support, and funding for your studies. If you are disabled or have a Specific Learning Difference, 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, e.g. Specialist 1:1 Study Skills Tuition and Specialist Mentoring.

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

How it works

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

Please contact disability@arts.ac.uk so we can put you in touch with your Disability Adviser.

Once you have provided disability evidence, you will be offered an appointment with the Disability Adviser for your course. Your Disability Adviser will contact you to arrange an appointment within 3 working days of receiving suitable disability evidence.

Your first appointment

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, this could include 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 Disability Adviser won’t focus on your diagnosis. The conversation will focus on the practical steps to remove disabling obstacles.

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 (Disability Service Confidentiality Guide PDF 1.74KB) if you are at risk of harm.

Accommodated Assessment

Some disabled students may need additional time to complete assignments, or need to complete them in a different way. UAL has a formal process for arranging additional time or alternative assessment methods. This is called ‘accommodated assessment’.

Your Disability Adviser will help identify whether you need an accommodated assessment. The information is then included in your Individual Support Agreement (ISA).

Requesting additional time (current students)

  • If you have an ISA it will explain how to request additional time. Please read the ‘Accommodated Assessment’ section of your ISA. You will usually need to contact your course tutor two weeks before the general deadline.
  • If you don’t know if you have an ISA, please contact disability@arts.ac.uk
  • Make sure you know when your accommodated assessment deadline is. This may be published in your unit handbook. If not, ask your course team to confirm it.

Feedback from students

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"Great!"