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Disabled Student Support

Registering with us

If you have a disability, long term medical condition, specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia or mental health difficulties there is a lot of academic support available in a learning contract, as well as Disabled Students' Allowances which covers extra study-related costs caused by your disability. To access support you must register online  you don't have to wait until enrolment. If you disclosed your disability on UCAS you will have been emailed some information on how to do this, but if not please contact us

Big Disability Drop-in

Friday 29 September, 9am-5pm, Student Support Service, City Campus

Our Disability Drop In is running during induction week, but once you've settled in you might be wondering about the support available. Come to our Big Disability Drop In with extra staff available who can help you with any questions you have about your support, learning contracts, Disabled Student Support or if you aren't sure what happens next.

Induction event for Deaf/Hearing impaired students and students identifying as being on the Autism Spectrum

Friday 15 September

Attending the event will help to make sure you have the support you need for your course as early as possible and help you feel comfortable within the University environment.  On the day, you will be able to:

  • meet members of the team
  • talk to current students
  • learn about how support at the University works
  • find out more about the types of support available to you
  • book an appointment with a Disability Adviser to discuss your individual needs.

If you've disclosed either of the above conditions you will be invited to the event soon. If you haven't disclosed either of the above conditions but this applies to you, please contact deaf_advisers@shu.ac.uk or as_advisers@shu.ac.uk

Lunch club for students who identify as being on the Autism Spectrum

Wednesday 20 September 1pm-2pm, City Campus

Once per month, on a Wednesday lunchtime, students will be able to meet with other students on the spectrum and a FREE LUNCH will be provided!

The first one will be at City Campus during Fresher's week on Wednesday 20th September 1pm-2pm.  There will be FREE PIZZA and a Quiz. 

Email as_advisers@shu.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

General team overview

Disabled Student Support helps over 2000 disabled students. Students can receive support for a wide variety of conditions.

There is extensive support available, including

  • Learning contracts - reasonable adjustments to your course such as extensions or extra time in exams
  • Support workers - like a mentor to help with organisation, or a personal assistant to help with mobility
  • Equipment/Assistive Technology and software - such as digital recorders or text to speech software

A lot of our support is funded through Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) and we encourage all eligible students to apply for this. We have an on-site assessment Centre, the Sheffield Regional Assessment Centre, where a range of disability specialists can carry out Study Needs Assessments.

There are many ways to contact us. We run daily drop in sessions - come and talk to us, no appointment needed.  You can also register for support online.

Disclosure and Confidentiality

We understand that the decision to disclose your disability or condition can be difficult. We strongly encourage you to disclose at the earliest possible stage so that you can benefit from as much support as possible. We keep your information and will only share relevant information with your permission. for more information please see our learning contracts section.


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