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Disability and Dyslexia Service

Learn more about how we can support you throughout your studies.

Social distancing arrangements on campus may be more difficult if you are a student with a disability or health condition. If you are a student with a disability or health condition do not need to follow the one-way systems (or other directional signage, such as exits and entrances) and can take the routes most suitable to your needs. Whilst this may mean passing people at less than 2m it is considered safe because it will be for a short duration and people will be wearing face coverings. A personal emergency evacuation plan (PEEP) should be arranged in the usual way through the Disability and Dyslexia Service if required.

If you lip read and you need to communicate with somebody who is wearing a face covering, you should maintain a distance of 2m and ask the person to lower their face covering so that you can lip-read. In general teaching staff will wear visors to make lip reading possible.

Students with disabilities and/or health conditions and face coverings - info for students

Students who can wear a face covering should at all times when in communal and shared indoor spaces. In shared indoor spaces you will be expected to wear a face covering unless you are eating and/or drinking. We ask members of the #TeamMDX community to be socially responsible and adhere to approaches we are taking as an institution to keep us all safe. Face coverings are not a substitute for other hygiene and safety measures, such as being tested when displaying symptoms, self-isolating when unwell or advised to, enhanced cleaning regimes, and regular hand-washing. These primary mitigation measures should always be followed.We also encourage #TeamMDX to be mindful that some members of our community will be unable to wear face coverings or to follow particular Covid-secure systems on campus, such as one way systems, due to a health condition or disability.

In line with Government guidance, some students are exempt from wearing a face covering. This includes those who:

  • cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment, or disability
  • would experience extreme distress by putting on, wearing or removing a face covering
  • speak to or provide assistance to someone who relies on lip reading, clear sound or facial expressions to communicate

If you have a health or disability reason for not wearing a face covering should not be routinely asked to give any written evidence of this and this includes exemption cards. You may however feel more comfortable showing something that says that you do not have to wear a face covering. This is a personal choice and is not necessary in law, but we would encourage this so that you are not repeatedly asked. You may wish to collect an MDX face covering exempt lanyard and badge which will be available from Security in the Quad from 21/09.

How to register with the Disability and Dyslexia Service

To register with the service and set up your support you can email or call us and ask to book an appointment with a Disability Adviser. Alternatively you can complete our Health Questionnaire and your details will be sent directly to the service who will then get in touch to book your appointment.

Our services

We work with many departments and services at MDX to ensure that every student has the same great learning experience. Our main areas of support include:

  • Ensuring that your teaching areas are accessible to you
  • Providing learning materials in the appropriate format
  • Receiving extra time in exams and in-class assessments
  • Library support including longer loan periods for your library books
  • Being able to audio record your lectures
  • Undertake assessments for students applying for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)

We aim to provide an inclusive teaching and learning environment which caters for all students. This includes students who disclose:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders including Asperger Syndrome
  • Hearing impairments
  • Medical conditions
  • Mobility difficulties, including difficulty writing
  • Ongoing mental health conditions
  • Specific learning difficulties – e.g., dyslexia or dyspraxia
  • Visual impairment

This is not an exhaustive list. If you think you have a support need that may affect your study, and you would like to discuss it, please get in touch and book an appointment.

Contact us

Email: disability@mdx.ac.uk
Tel: 020 8411 5366

When to disclose?

There are several different stages you can choose to disclose a disability to us. You can disclose on your UCAS application or once you have enrolled at MDX. In order to ensure you are supported appropriately, it's best to disclose as early as you can.

For more information about disclosing a disability and what happens to the information you provide, please read the below documents:

Disabled Students' Allowance >

The Disabled Students' Allowance is a grant available to support you with the extra costs you may incur while studying as a direct result of a disability, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty.

Find out if your eligible and how to apply

Dyslexia screenings

If you think you may have a specific learning difficulty (for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia or dyscalculia) our Disability Advisers are able to offer screenings, which will determine if you need to be referred for a full diagnostic assessment.

During your screening, you will be asked some questions to identify if there are any indicators of a specific learning difficulty. If there are, you will be referred for a full diagnostic assessment.

UK students

If you are referred for a full diagnostic assessment and are a UK student, you will need to pay a student contribution of £72.

EU / International students

If you are referred for a full diagnostic assessment and are an EU/International student, you will pay the full cost of the service which ranges from £300 to £600. Certain assessors may charge more so ensure you understand the costs before booking.

Booking an appointment

If you would like to book an appointment or have any queries about support for Dyslexia, please email the Disability and Dyslexia team or call 020 8411 5366.

If you would like some more information about specific learning difficulties, please visit the British Dyslexia Association's website.

Get in touch

Please note: In line with Government guidance, our Support and Wellbeing services are now online

Please email our disability team for help and support. Please include your contact number in your email.


Our Disability and Dyslexia team are based in Sunny Hill House which you can access via Greyhound Hill or through the Williams Building car park.

Use the postcode NW4 4JS on Google Maps to find us.

Sunny Hill House houses our consulting rooms for counselling and disability advisor appointments as well as having a garden at the back which is ideal for wellbeing related activities and as a space for students and staff to relax in.

The building is wheelchair accessible, with blue-badge parking out the front.

Postal address

Sunny Hill House
Middlesex University
The Burroughs

Office hours

We are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.00am to 5.00pm, with Wednesday opening at 11.00am to 5.00pm.

We are closed on Bank Holidays and University closure days.

There is a drop-in service available each day between 1.00pm and 2.00pm in Sunny Hill House.


We always welcome your feedback. If you wish to let us know about the service you had, either positive or constructive, please email the DDS team.

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