The Disability and Dyslexia Service (DDS) aims to provide an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all students.
You might be more aware of some disabilities than others. For example, did you know that a mental health diagnosis is a disability? You may not consider yourself to be disabled, but you may be eligible for extra support.
What about hidden or invisible disabilities? If you are not somebody with a disability, how do you know if somebody else has a disability? According to The Equality Act (2010), you are disabled 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. Find out more about what that means from The Government.
What is an Invisible Disability?
Jaudat Alogba, Vice President Health, Social Care & Education details her experiences of being a student with Sickle Cell – often seen as an ‘invisible disability’ - in this blogpost. Keep an eye on UniHub events to book onto an awareness raising session on Sickle Cell on Monday 22nd November from 2pm to 3pm.
If you are in any doubt as to whether you have a disability, contact DDS to find out what support you might be entitled to and ensure that you have the right support in place to be a successful student. That support could look like extra time, ensuring that teaching and learning is accessible for you, or supporting you with a Disabled Students Allowance study needs assessment at our very own Access Center on campus.
Watch this short clip from our Disability and Dyslexia Service.
To find out more about DDS or to refer yourself for support, visit the DDS UniHub pages.