About the Disability Support Service
The Disability Support Service provides a confidential, professional and accessible service for disabled students.
The objectives of the Disability Support Service are to:
- Provide advice and guidance for prospective and current disabled students.
- To ensure equal opportunity, access and attainment for disabled students within the university.
The Disability Support Service supports individuals with any impairment/disability, medical condition or injury, including those with:
- Specific learning difficulties
- Physical/mobility impairments and injuries
- Sensory impairments
- Mental health difficulties
- Long standing illnesses/health conditions
- Asperger syndrome and autism
- Temporary-the Disability Support Service will also assist students who have a temporary disability which lasts for a period longer than 3 weeks. Temporary disability can include injuries e.g. broken arm or viral infections e.g. glandular fever.
- Pregnancy-Pregnant students are able to register with the service and can receive reasonable adjustments throughout their pregnancy.
Please contact the Disability Support Service for further information, a confidential chat, or to arrange an appointment. Email email@example.com or call 01483 216657.
Declaring Your Disability.
If you have a disability, medical or mental health condition or specific learning difficulty, please make sure that you let the university know at application stage.
This information will allow us to contact you prior to your course to ensure that we can work with you to make informed decisions about the support you may require. We encourage students to disclose any disability to us when applying for a place and provide the appropriate supporting evidence as soon as possible.
We can then also liaise with others who should know about the effects of your disability, such as teaching staff and the assessments office.
It is important to understand the value of declaring your disability. If we do not know about it, the university may not be able to provide the support you require.
It is advisable and beneficial to declare your disability when applying. However, you can let the Disability Support Service know at any stage of your course. Please note that support cannot be backdated; in some cases of late disclosure students may need to take a break from study in order that sufficient support can be put in place for them. We would therefore encourage you to disclose your disability to us as soon as possible, as failure to do so may affect our ability to put in place certain adjustments by the start of your course.
Student Disclosure and Confidentiality.
How Your Information Will Be Used
The information that you provide will be used to enable us to liaise with those colleagues who need to know about the support that you require.
Your data will not be disclosed for other purposes without your consent, except where there is a legal obligation to do so or where exceptional issues of personal safety arise.
The information will be processed and held in the university administration systems and used for the administration of your academic related support and any other legitimate university purpose. In doing so, the university will observe at all times the data protection principles embodied in the General Data Protection Regulation.
Where a student discloses a disability for the first time to a member of university staff, the staff member is then deemed to have received the information on behalf of the university and has a duty of care to report the student’s declaration of a disability to the Disability Support Service.
When choosing to study at one of The University of Law’s campuses you may wish to consider:
- Building accessibility.
- Facilities for a service dog.
For applicants with significant physical difficulties we can arrange a personal visit to your chosen campus so that you can see for yourself whether The University of Law would suit you. If you would like to do so, please contact the Disability Support Service as early as possible in the application process to arrange a centre visit.
Choosing The Right Course:
- Before you start your course, it is very important that you have all the information so that you can make an informed choice about what and where to study.
- The university provides a set of programme demands documents for each programme of study, which identifies how the different modes of study are taught. They also provide information on the structure of the course.
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Disabled Students' Allowance.
What Are Disabled Students' Allowances?
- Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) is for UK disabled students in Higher Education.
- The DSA helps to pay for extra costs that you may have to pay, when attending your course, as a direct result of your disability. The allowance can help with costs of a non-medical helper, major items of specialist equipment, travel and other costs.
- More information about DSA can be found in Bridging the Gap found on the Government website.
Steps To Take When Applying For Disabled Students' Allowance:
- Students should apply as soon as they can for DSA to make sure they have everything in place for starting their course. The process can take up to three months.
- DSA can be applied for before or during your course (you do not have to wait until you have been offered a place at university). For more information contact the Disability Support Service.
- Obtain evidence (e.g. doctor's letter or full diagnostic dyslexia report).
- You can check evidence eligibility with staff at the Disability Support Service.
- Complete application form available from the Disability Support Service or from the DSA website.
- Your funding body will write back to you in approximately 3-4 weeks stating your eligibility.
- If your application has been declined speak to the Disability Support Service as soon as possible.
- If your application has been accepted, the letter will ask you to arrange a Study Needs Assessment. The DSA Needs Assessment is not a test but an opportunity to evaluate a range of assistive technologies and study strategies. These will be considered in relation to the impact of your disability and the demands of your chosen course of study.
- Book a Study Needs Assessment with an accredited DSA QAG assessment centre.
- Your chosen assessment centre will help you through the rest of the process.
Disability Support Service Check And Send:
The Disability Support Service And Your DSA
The Disability Support Service can:
- Help with the DSA application.
- Help with arranging a DSA Needs Assessment.
- Explain aspects of the DSA Needs Assessment report.
- Help co-ordinate a network of support.
- Make recommendations to academic departments about such things as exam adjustments.
- Help to resolve any difficulties that may arise.
Send us your Disabled Student Allowance application (with required medical evidence) either by post or e-mail, and we will check that it is filled in correctly and post it for you.
If it is not filled in correctly, we will let you know of any amendments that you need to make, and post the application once any mistakes are rectified.
Other Sources Of Funding
EU and International students are not covered by the UK Disabled Students' Allowance system.
Students who are not eligible for DSA funding are advised to contact the Disability Support Service as soon as possible. A Disability Support Officer can discuss any additional funding options that may be available to you.
Funding from charitable trusts:
Trusts may help you for different reasons, depending on their criteria. For example, they may help because of:
- the subject or course you are studying.
- your personal circumstances, such as your impairment or medical condition.
- where you live or have been brought up.
- your family, your parental circumstances or their occupation.
- your current or past occupation.
- a combination of the above.
Please visit www.disabilityrightsuk.org/funding-charitable-trusts for more information
State Benefit Assistance:
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The Disability Support Service provides advice to students at The University of Law on Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD’s) such as Dyslexia.
You may have been referred to us via your tutor who suspects that you may have a specific learning difficulty. Alternatively, you may be concerned that you might have a specific learning difficulty and it is affecting your academic performance.
If you have previously been assessed and already have a report which outlines recommendations, this should be submitted to the Disability Support Service for review. In most cases a further assessment will not be necessary however please note that, due to the nature of some courses and/or the requirements of Professional Regulatory Bodies, a student with a Specific Learning Difficulty may be required to undertake a new SpLD assessment.
Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss being assessed for a Specific Learning Difficulty. The University of Law refers students to the Educational Guidance Service www.egs.org.uk for assessment.
How Do I Get Assessed?
- If you are based in the UK, the university can arrange for you to have a SpLD assessment with the Educational Guidance Service where appropriate. Note there will be a £75 student contribution fee. For students outside the UK, we will investigate the options available to you in your country. The diagnostic assessor will meet with you and administer a series of tests. This appointment could take a few hours. The diagnostic assessor will then provide a report roughly within 15 working days of this meeting.
Are There Any Costs Involved In Getting Assessed?
- The university will arrange for you to have a SpLD assessment with the Educational Guidance Service. There is a £75 student contribution fee. Contact the Disability Support Service for more information. Please note, if you fail to attend your booked appointment with the Educational Guidance Service without giving at least 48 hours’ notice, the university is charged a cancellation fee and therefore we will not be able to fund any future SpLD assessment for you.
After The Assessment
- Once the assessment process has been completed and you have received a report from the diagnostic assessor, you will need to contact the Disability Support Service to discuss the findings of the report and its recommendations.
Exam Access Arrangements
If your report has recommended exam access arrangements such as the use of a PC or extra time, it is essential that you alert the Disability Support Service. It is important that this is done at the earliest opportunity, as there are strict deadlines that govern this process. More information on this process can be found in the Disability Support Agreements section of this website.
Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs)
- The report may recommend that you apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance. For further information about this, please do not hesitate to contact the Disability Support Service.
The Disability Support Agreement is a document which specifies all the reasonable adjustments an individual student is entitled to whilst studying at the University of Law.
The Disability Support Agreement is put together by the Disability Support Service team, we will require supporting medical evidence in order to put any reasonable adjustments in place.
- Once we have received the medical evidence, we will review the recommendations and draw up a Disability Support Agreement.
- Disability Support Agreements are valid for the length of the course, including any re-sits, unless agreed otherwise.
Where the Disability Support Service considers that an adjustment requested by a student is not reasonable or is not supported by sufficient evidence, the student will be advised accordingly. The student can subsequently liaise with the Disability Support Service and either submit further evidence to support their case or request a review through the Disability Review Process. Details of the Disability Review Process will be provided in these cases.
Access arrangements for examinations at The University of Law must be approved by the Disability Support Service, based either on medical evidence, or on a full diagnostic report written by an Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher.
The recommendations for exam access arrangements, for example, the amount of extra time requested, must be clearly and specifically stated.
- Applications for exam adjustments must be submitted to the Disability Support Service at least 28 days before the start of your exam period.
- Where there is less than 28 but more than 21 days given, the University will make every effort to ensure that facilities requested are out in place, we are unable to guarantee this in the build-up to the examinations. If we are unable to provide the facilities, students can choose to absent themselves from the examinations and enter a concession application for the absence, explaining the situation including the reason for late disclosure. Further details on concession application can be obtained from the course handbook, the assessment regulations and the Campus assessment office staff.
What Constitutes Valid Medical Evidence?
- Medical Evidence must be up to date, written on letter headed paper and be stamped and signed by the medical practitioner.
- It must confirm the nature of your disability/medical condition and contain recommendations from the medical practitioner as to the exam adjustments you require.
- Alternatively please have your medical practitioner complete this form and return it to us by email
What Constitutes A Valid Report For Specific Learning Difficulties?
To be valid, the report must be:
- Written by an Educational Psychologist, or Specialist Teacher, who has the Patoss SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (or equivalent).
- Written after you were 16 years of age.
- Written in accordance with the SpLD Working Group 2005/DfES Guidelines.
- If you are unsure whether your report meets these criteria, please contact the Disability Support Service.
What is Non-Medical Assistance (NMA)?
Non-Medical Assistance is the (non-medical) human support recommended in a students Disabled Students' Allowance Student Finance entitlement letter and may include the following:
- Specialist study skills tuition for students with specific learning difficulties (SpLDs), including dyslexia and dyspraxia.
- Specialist mentoring for students with mental health difficulties and chronic health conditions (including chronic fatigue syndrome/ME).
- Specialist mentoring for students with autism spectrum disorders/Asperger syndrome.
- Note takers to assist students who are unable to take their own notes.
- General support workers for assistance, for example, with carrying study materials between sites or accessing library resources.
- Orientation support on arrival for new students with visual impairments or who have difficulty route finding.
- Assistive software training.
The support is out-sourced from an external agency.
Please contact the Disability Support Service if you have any queries email@example.com
Personal Emergency Evacuation Plans (PEEPs)
PEEPs are advance plans for those who may need assistance or special arrangements during an emergency evacuation.
If you think that you may need assistance leaving the building in the event of an emergency please contact the Disability Support Service.
If you have any first aid requirements please contact the Disability Support Service.
This page aims to provide information that is commonly required for Needs Assessment reports.For Band 1 and 2 support the University of Law solely uses Clear Links as our support provider. If you require further information, or have specific recommendations not otherwise covered in this information, then please contact us on 01483 216657 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the matter with one of our team.
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