Disability & SpLD

Our Disability and Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) team work alongside you and academic colleagues to provide advice, guidance and information.

We encourage an inclusive environment which enables you to develop your skills, knowledge and strategies to manage your own learning.

This could include:

> Discussions to consider your learning needs in relation to your chosen course of study. 

> Signposting and referral for additional assessments, if required.

Disability FAQs

  • What should I do before I enrol to ensure support is arranged for the start of my course?

    If you feel that you may have individual access or escape issues, we ask that you speak to the Disability team as soon as possible to allow for consideration of these before the start of your course.

    For all other types of support requirements, we also encourage you to contact the Disability & SpLD team before you start.

  • What about funding?

    In many cases:

    • UK students applying for higher education courses may be able to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance.
    • Students applying for further education courses can have their needs assessed at the University and we will in turn provide support where possible.

    If you are in any doubt about financial arrangements or funding please visit the Disability & SpLD team.

    International students

    You cannot claim the disabled student allowance if you do not have home residency status.

    You should see what other funding may be available through grant giving trusts and charities. Information on this is provided by the Specialist Advisers and Careers Advisers. Further information on fees, funding and support for international students can also be found on the UKCISA website.

  • What is a DSA needs assessment?

    The aim of the DSA needs assessment is to discuss and recommend the type of support you might require on your course. There are several Needs Assessment Access Centres around the country.

  • How do I declare a disability or additional support need?

    You can declare a disability or support need on your application, once you have accepted a place, once you have enrolled or at any time during your course.

    If you have already started your course, you should contact the Disability team via the Gateway desk located in the Library.

  • What support is available for students with a disability?

    We have a team of experienced and trained support staff including Learning Support Assistants, Mentors, Communication Support Workers and Specialist Study Skills Tutors who work with students on a one-to-one basis on areas of need.

    Learning Support Managers are also able to arrange reasonable adjustments that you may need.

    For example, adjustments for students who are deaf or hard of hearing include:

    • installation of loop systems in all new lecture theatres
    • improved signage across all colleges to aid the location of facilities
    • providing special communication and safety equipment in the halls of residence
    • co-ordinating support such as interpreter, communication support worker and/or notetaker
  • Parking

    The Disability team will be happy to arrange for a dedicated parking permit for students with mobility difficulties.

Dyslexia FAQs

Our Disability & SpLD Support Team, part of Library & Student Services, is experienced in giving advice on the support available to students with dyslexia.

  • What is dyslexia and how can it affect your study?

    "Dyslexia is a combination of abilities and difficulties that affect the learning process in one or more of reading, spelling and writing." - The British Dyslexia Association

    Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual ability and its effects can be alleviated by skilled specialist teaching and committed learning.

    If you have dyslexia, you may experience difficulties in one or more of the following areas:

    • reading
    • organising and expressing ideas in writing
    • spelling, grammar and punctuation
    • handwriting
    • note-taking
    • time management, and
    • memory
  • How do I declare dyslexia?

    You can declare you have dyslexia on your application, once you have accepted a place, once you have enrolled or at any time during your course.

    If you have already started your course, you should contact the Disability team via the Gateway desk located in the Library.

  • How is dyslexia tested?

    A diagnostic specialist is usually the person who tests for dyslexia. Student Finance England will normally only accept reports prepared by diagnostic specialists so it is best to ask about the qualifications of the person who tests you.

    A dyslexia assessment will last just over an hour. You will be asked questions about your previous learning and your study skills. There will be a series of written exercises that are designed to identify where support is needed.

    The diagnostic specialist will then write a report that will include a statement about whether dyslexia is part of your profile.

  • What should I do if I think I'm dyslexic?

    You should arrange to see the Dyslexia Advisers via the Gateway located in the Library on your campus. We will discuss your strengths and weaknesses in confience, and find out what choices are available to you.

  • What support is available?

    We have a team of experienced and trained dyslexia support tutors and facilitators who work with students on a one-to-one basis on areas of need such as essays, dissertations and study skills.

  • Should I tell my course that I have dyslexia?

    You are encouraged to make your tutors aware of your particular needs. If you feel uncomfortable with this, or wish the information to remind confidential, please discuss this with the Dyslexia Adviser.

    For those on courses with written examinations, it is important that you contact the Dyslexia Adviser to discuss what concessions may be possible.

  • What about funding?

    In many cases:

    • UK students applying for higher education courses may be able to apply for the Disabled Students Allowance.
    • Students applying for further education courses can have their needs assessed at the University and we will in turn provide support where possible.

    If you are in any doubt about financial arrangements or funding please visit the Disability team.

    International students

    You cannot claim the disabled student allowance if you do not have home residency status.

    You should see what other funding may be available through grant giving trusts and charities. Information on this is provided by the Specialist Advisers and Careers Advisers. Further information on fees, funding and support for international students can also be found on the UKCISA website.

  • What is a DSA needs assessment?

    The aim of the DSA needs assessment is to discuss and recommend the type of support for might require on your course. There are several Needs Assessment Access Centres around the country.

Useful information

Support for Success

Our handbook for applicants with a disability or specific learning difference.

Needs Assessment

We wish to work effectively with Needs Assessment Centres, so have produced an overarching statement to provide information on our current offer for students with disabilities and SpLDs.

Accessibility of our campuses

The Disabled Go website has detailed information about the accessibility of our campuses.

Service Statements

Service Statements provide more information on what we can offer you in terms of service provision, reasonable adjustments and further advice and guidance. 

Contact us

Email: disability@uca.ac.uk 

Canterbury
Tel: +44 (0)1227 817 455

Epsom
Tel: +44 (0)1372 202 431

Farnham
Tel: +44 (0)1252 892 926

Rochester
Tel: +44 (0)1634 888 714

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