How do I get support for my disability?
These are the steps to getting your full disability support at SHU. We know it can be difficult and can take a while, so if you need help at any point, please contact us or make an appointment.
Once you have disclosed a disability, specific learning difficulty or medical condition, some support is available straightaway:
- Specialist Study Skills: individual and group sessions by expert tutors to improve your study skills. Find out more and book a session.
- Assistive Technology Training: Learn to use assistive technology software on Appsanywhere. Find out more and book a session
If you disclosed a disability on your UCAS form you will be able to view available sessions. If not, you need to register with us on My Student Record. Sessions will then be visible and available to book within 24 hours.
We support students through personalised Learning Contracts to share and agree with your tutors what adjustments you need to address barriers to your learning, e.g. extended deadlines, extra time, exam arrangements.
The best way to provide medical evidence is to register online or come to a drop in session.
Which type of appointment is right for me?
We offer three types of appointment, depending on your enquiry:
We can answer simple queries and point you in the right direction.
These are ideal to help you apply for DSA or to answer quick questions about your learning contract or support workers.
The drop ins last no more than 20 minutes.
No appointment needed, just turn up to one of our reception points.
These are for students who have already attended a Study Needs Assessment or who are not eligible for DSA.
We also sometimes use guidance appointments for students with urgent or complex needs.
Appointments are with a Disability Adviser and last for an hour.
Contact us to make an appointment.
These are comprehensive assessments of your support needs.
To attend these you have to have applied for DSA and received permission to book an assessment.
The assessments are with a Study Needs Assessor and last for around 2 hours.