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Disability Resource Centre

DRC
 

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty or other neurodiverse profile you may require academic-related support or adjustments to reduce any barriers you may otherwise experience in accessing your course.

The support and adjustments you require may vary according to the different academic activity you are engaged with (such as lectures, seminars, supervisions, using the libraries, practical work, field trips, or placements, for example) as well as due to the nature of your disability, specific learning difficulty or neurodiverse profile.

The following are examples of some of the common types of academic-related adjustments that may be helpful, depending upon the nature of the particular barriers you experience when accessing your study. The examples given are not an exhaustive list, but aim to help you think about the types of adjustments that may be beneficial to you.

 

  1. Lectures, seminars and supervisions

Examples of adjustments that you may require in lectures, seminars and supervisions may include the following:

  • Access to recordings made by the Department and permission to record other teaching sessions.
  • Reading lists provided in advance in electronic format.
  • Copies of slides, handouts and notes for any taught elements available in advance, preferably electronically.
  • Extended deadlines
  • Assistive Technology equipment, e.g. laptop, digital recorder
  • Reserved seating in lecture theatre near front / light source / window / exit
  • Loop / infrared system for hearing aid
  • Regular rest breaks

 

  1. Using the libraries

Examples of adjustments that you may require in order to use the libraries, may include the following:

  • Extended loan periods
  • Photocopying / scanning of required texts
  • Assistive software to scan or allow access to printed materials in an alternative format
  • Specialist lighting or proximity to window
  • Permission to bring food/drink or medication into restricted areas
  • Reserved seating
  • Use of a quiet room
  • Click and Collect

 

  1. Practicals, field trips and placements

Examples of adjustments in practicals, field trips and placements may include the following:

  • Extension to time available
  • Permission to record verbal instructions
  • Loop / infrared system for hearing aid
  • Regular rest breaks
  • Reserved seating near front / light source / window / exit
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If you wish to discuss any access requirements you may have, please contact the DRC