How do I get support for my disability?

Three steps to support

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.

Step 1. Disclose your disability

You will need to register with Disabled Student Support on My Student Record to access further support.

You do not need to disclose a disability to access:

Step 2. Provide disability evidence

You will have a learning contract created when you provide suitable disability evidence to Disabled Student Support.

You can provide a letter from a medical professional or diagnostic report from an educational psychologist confirming the diagnosis of a condition which has lasted, or is likely to last longer than 12 months.

See more information about obtaining medical evidence and a link to a disability evidence form which, when completed, will meet our evidence requirements.

Step 3. Apply for funded support

Funded support is available to all students with suitable evidence.

Disabled Student Support recommend that all students who are eligible for Disabled Student Allowances apply. More information about Disabled Student allowances and eligibility. (DSAs).

If you are not eligible for Disabled Student Allowances, you can make an appointment with a disability adviser: contact Hallam Help.

Types of appointment:

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

Guidance appointments

These are for students who have already attended a Study Needs Assessment or who are not eligible for DSA.

We 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.

Study Needs Assessments

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.

Find out more and book an appointment.