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What is a Disability?

Many students do not identify themselves as being ‘disabled’.

The students we support may have:

  • Specific learning difficulties e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder;
  • A visual or hearing impairment;
  • A mental health difficulty e.g. depression, anxiety, bi-polar;
  • A mobility impairment e.g. difficulties in walking or using arms / hands;
  • Social / communication difficulties e.g. Asperger’s syndrome;
  • A medical condition e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, chronic fatigue, cancer, heart condition;
  • Temporary difficulties e.g. injury;
  • Any other disability.

If you experience any of these difficulties, please contact Student Development and Well-being to discuss any support needs you may have.

We know that each person's disability can affect them in different ways so the support we offer is flexible and tailored to each individual. We encourage all students with disabilities to contact us so that we can discuss meeting your individual needs.


What does the law say?

In the UK, disability is identified by the Equality Act (2010).

You are disabled under the Equality Act 2010, if

  • You have a physical or mental impairment that has a ‘substantial’ and ‘long-term negative effect on your ability to do normal daily activities.

In an educational setting the term disability refers to any impairment that has lasted or is likely to last for more than 12 months and which has a significant and sustained impact on an individual’s ability to access and perform on an academic course. Normal day to day activities are taken to include everything from reading and writing to attending taught sessions.

The definition is designed to be as broad as possible and there are a wide variety of conditions and impairments that are covered.